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We recognise that school leaders are best placed to drive forward school improvement and that together they can support one another to improve outcomes for children across Bradford. Our aim is to improve the life chances and opportunities for all pupils within the Bradford district; we strive to provide bespoke support which is delivered by schools and led by schools in order to raise aspiration and attainment.

Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School Alliance works with a wide range of schools, academies and settings. Our alliance comprises schools from diverse locations – inner city to rural, with children drawn from very different social, economic and cultural backgrounds. This means that our training and school-based collaborative projects are much richer learning experiences.

We are privileged to work with many like-minded school and system leaders who have a total commitment and dedication to improving outcomes for children across Bradford. We provide bespoke advice and support and facilitate a wide range of school improvement projects which are led by schools and run by schools. We believe this empowers leaders and their staff and gives schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.

Bradford Birth to 19 supports system leadership in a number of ways including: school to school support to address identified priorities via the deployment of BB19 Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE), school and class bases action research projects, professional learning communities and SCITT teacher training.

We focus our work on 6 key areas:

  • School Direct Initial Teacher Training, Newly Qualified Teacher training, and Recently Qualified Teacher training.
  • Professional Learning, including CPD for teachers and in particular a writing moderation project.
  • Research and development projects with a particular focus on Research Lesson Study.
  • School to school support through the deployment of in National and Specialist Leader of Education (NLE and SLE) deployments and Pupil Premium and SEN reviews.
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) and New to English (NtE) support, as a Centre of Good Practice which is based at St Edmund’s.
  • Leadership - we develop leaders at all levels to support system leadership.

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