Opportunities for governance leadership development

We are seeking your support in promoting the governance leadership and clerking development programmes currently available to boards and clerks across the country.  

As you all know, effective governing boards are key to securing the improvements and efficiencies we need schools across the system to achieve over the coming years. This means a focus on building the capacity of governance leaders (e.g. chairs, vice chairs, committee chairs) and professionalising the quality of clerking to improve the effectiveness of boards. The 10 governance development programmes we are funding aim to do just that.    

Please note that with effect from 1 June, the eligibility criteria has been amended for the governance leadership programmes to enable more boards to benefit from the funded provision on offer.

Providers are currently recruiting across the country for 2019/20 cohorts, so please do spread the word through your networks, stakeholders and contact with schools and trusts.

If you require any further information please email: Governance.development@education.gov.uk


Born in Bradford want to hear your views!

Born in Bradford is embarking on an exciting new project called ‘ActEARLY’. This will bring together different groups of people including researchers, policy makers and people living and working in communities from Bradford. We will be developing new and exciting projects to improve the health and happiness of families living in Bradford. The vision is to promote a healthier, happier, and fairer future for children through a focus on improving environments that influence health, and enhancing life opportunities. We will be co-producing our research with members of the community, researchers and other key stakeholders.

To launch the ActEARLY project Born in Bradford are asking anyone who lives or works in Bradford to let us know what they think helps keep our children happy and healthy.

Please click below to take part in this survey:


Opportunity Area Governor Conference

Volunteer to be a School Governor

Attention – All School Leaders, Governors and Employers

This is a unique FREE opportunity to hear how you and your staff can play an essential role in shaping the futures of young people and how new and existing skills can benefit
companies and schools.
Speakers from a range of organisations will present different perspectives on governance which will be of interest to schools, employers and prospective governors.
Date: Tuesday 18th June 2019
Time: 5:00pm – Networking Buffet; 6:00pm to 9:00pm – Presentations
Venue: Suite 2013 & Legends, Bradford City FC, Valley Parade, BD8 7DY

Booking: Please email S4B.Events@bradford.gov.uk


Over the summer, Bradford OA will be supporting and funding at least 12 young people, all from disadvantaged backgrounds, to take up an 8-week internship with professional employers in and around Bradford.

The purpose is to enable them to develop their employability skills, world of work experiences, enhance their CV and link with employers across Bradford.

Brand new centre for applied educational research established in Bradford

Born in Bradford and Bradford OA have established a new research centre in Bradford that will research, test and develop ways to improve educational outcomes in Bradford.

Funded support for school leaders

Bradford OA is investing £1.5 million of school improvement funding for schools in Bradford.

We want to help Bradford’s schools improve social mobility for the city’s children and young people. A crucial part of this is empowering Bradford’s best school leaders to help their peers improve.

Over the next academic year, the OA will provide funding for 25 schools in need of support. School leadership teams will work with high-performing local leaders to develop a joint plan for improvement. The OA will then provide funding to implement this plan.

A trial has begun this term for a small number of primary schools, with more schools to receive support in the autumn and winter terms. This will sit alongside activity already underway through the Strategic School Improvement Fund and the Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund.

School support partnerships

Along with other school improvement activities, by enabling good or outstanding schools to support other Bradford schools, the OA aims to create sustainable, mutually supportive school improvement in Bradford, in turn improving the education, wellbeing and opportunities for young people