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Back to school: new hopes, new fears

Is your child going to a new school next year?

The deadline for applying for a place for your child at secondary school is Monday, 31 October 2016 which is fast approaching!

If your child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013, you will need to apply for a Primary School from Monday, 14 November 2016 up to the closing date of Sunday, 15 January 2017 for the school year that starts in September 2017.

Read this blog to find out how to apply and read one parent’s experience of their child starting school.

Fiona Binns, from the Council’s Education Communications Team and Editor of Bradford Parents on the Go Blog, talks about her experience of children starting school and how life-changing moving from primary to secondary school can be!  Her eldest son, Joshua is eight and has started his journey in Year 4 this term and her youngest son, Finley is five and moves into Year 1.

Starting primary school is one of the most exciting milestones in a child’s young life; but on the other hand it can also be an anxious time too.

In the summer before Finley started Reception I’d be hearing the same question on a daily basis “Mummy, when do I start big school?”

Preparation and organisation is key and I recall highlighting many paragraphs in the school’s prospectus and making endless lists of what we needed in order to be ready for Day One.

In reality I was more anxious than Finley was!

Maybe it’s the fact that we, as mummies, or daddies or carers, have done everything in our power to protect our babies since they were born.  Like when they fall over we are there to pick them up, give them a cuddle and try to make them feel better, we have always done everything for them and then the time comes for that role to be given to teachers and teaching assistants.

As a family we prepared both our boys for ‘big school’ by talking to them about the start of school, making new friends and entering the world of education and learning about something wonderful every single day.  We made a big deal about buying their  school uniforms, new shoes and deciding whether or not they would be staying for school dinners or taking a packed lunch.

I need not have worried; Finley embraced his first year at school as a ‘Roaring Rocket’ (the name of his class!).  His class teacher and teaching assistants at school played a very important part in this and I know Finley will always remember his first year at “big school”.

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Me and the boys

Transition time

The transition from primary school to secondary school is one of those life events that most people can recall in some way or other. In the main, it’s a fairly manageable period and one that parents often get more emotional about than their children. Continue reading Back to school: new hopes, new fears

How can we all improve education in Bradford?

We all want to improve educational achievement in the district. Learning starts at birth and continues for life – inside and outside formal education. So the changes we need can’t happen unless we all work together.

We are proposing a Bradford Education Covenant to set out what we can all do to improve education – as a council, as schools, as businesses, as individuals, as a community and with government support. We want everyone in the district to take part in the Covenant, so we need you to tell us what you think is important and what needs to change.

What we will offer

As a local authority we pledge to:

  • keep schools and education a top priority
  • challenge and support schools to rapidly improve
  • make better use of top schools and headteachers by spreading their best practice
  • recruit, retain and develop high quality teachers and headteachers
  • work with national government to provide enough school places
  • strongly support families and children in the early years to ensure all children are school ready
  • work closely with businesses to get young people ready for work and life
  • make full use of the district’s unique cultural and creative learning opportunities for young people.

What we ask

We are asking for the following support: Continue reading How can we all improve education in Bradford?