Plan for Leeds to become country’s ‘best city for learning’

Pupils from  Castleton Primary School and Bankside Primary  launch the childrens version of the citys Children and Young Peoples plan with Coun Lucinda Yeadon,  Executive Member for Children and Families and Nigel Richardson, director of Children's Services. Picture Tony Johnson

Pupils from Castleton Primary School and Bankside Primary launch the childrens version of the citys Children and Young Peoples plan with Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Executive Member for Children and Families and Nigel Richardson, director of Children's Services. Picture Tony Johnson

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PLANS TO make Leeds the country’s best city for learning are to be debated by councillors.

Leeds City Council’s education strategy for 2016 to 2020 include goals of ensuring every child goes to a good or outstanding school and that the city is rated as the strongest performing in Yorkshire, by Ofsted.

The plan also aims to close the gap between pupils from deprived backgrounds and their peers. And it says Leeds schools who deliver teacher training should be able to recruit and retain the best students.

The Best City for Learning Strategy is part of a wider plan to make Leeds the best place to grow up in.

The strategy is to be discussed at Leeds City Council’s Children’s Services Scrutiny Board on February 25.

The report says that 92 per cent of primary schools and 80 per cent of secondary schools in Leeds are rated good or better by Ofsted but says more improvement is needed.

In a foreward to the strategy Coun Lucinda Yeadon, the council’s executive member for children said: “To ensure that the lives, and education, of children and young people in Leeds continues to improve, it is fundamental that the local authority continues to evolve partnerships across the city with all learning places. Children’s Services wants to ensure that the outcomes for these children and young people are the best that they can be, that their

future is optimistic and that they are supported throughout their learning journey. The economic success of Leeds will require its young people to be equipped with the skills and aspirations that are relevant to the modern economy.”