Primary School Networking Event

As part of the Opportunity Area’s Primary Careers programme, in collaboration with Bradford Pathways, the first of four networking events between primary headteachers/teachers and employers will be held on the 29th March 2019 at Bradford City Football Club.

The events are designed and developed in collaboration with primary school headteachers in order to support them build relationships with employers, and embed career awareness and aspirational activity in their curricula.

The Primary Careers programme will help tackle career stereotyping in primary school aged children (as identified by studies such as Drawing the Future) to help raise aspiration and enable greater access to rewarding careers.

All primary schools in the Opportunity Area are eligible to send up to two representatives to the event. There will be a further event in Keighley this academic year and two more next academic year.

To register for a place visit Eventbrite through the following link, Primary Careers Networking Event.

Essential Life Skills monitoring returns

Every school in the Opportunity Area has received funding to deliver Essential Life Skills activities to their pupils. Each term, in order to evaluate impact, we ask as part of each schools’ grant agreement that you return the following monitoring return to

A blank monitoring return can be found here.



This programme has been developed to tackle equality and diversity challenges and is for BME leaders aspiring to their next stage promoted leadership roles.  Participants will learn from each other and develop their effectiveness as leaders on a programme where they are in the majority. It explores the challenges and refines the existing tools of school leadership and school improvement to address issues of inequality. The programme also offers the opportunity for BME aspiring leaders to network, work collaboratively and receive peer support, guided by an outstanding regional team of Black leaders who are cognisant of the barriers to promotion that exist for BME professionals.

This is a positive action programme targeted at teachers are from BME background and:

  • who have been in teaching for at least 3 years
  • who are looking to move into leadership role in the next few years

COST: The Diverse Leaders for Tomorrow is funded by the DfE Leadership Equality and Diversity Fund (L&WY)

Download application form from:

There is further information available here: diverse leaders for tomorrow.

Closing date for applications 28th January 2019

List Teaching Vacancies for free on new DfE teacher recruitment website

The Department for Education has recently launched the Teaching Vacancies website. This is a free teaching vacancy listing service for schools, and is intended to tackle the significant costs that schools face when recruiting and advertising for staff. Instead of paying for adverts, schools can list available jobs on the site for free.

The service is available here:

The site is being rolled out in geographical phases and is due to be rolled out in Bradford in the week commencing January 14th. We want to make sure that schools in Bradford are all able to access the system as soon as it goes live.

In that week, every school will be sent a registration email centrally from the DfE team. You can sign up using that email, when it arrives. However, emails don’t always reach 100% of schools, as emails often go into school spam folders.

Therefore, if you want to sign up for the service in advance, you just need to complete the attached table and send it through to and The DfE team will then create an account for the school, allowing them to log into the service and list vacancies.

Each school simply needs to add in the details of the staff member(s) requiring access. Schools can have up to 10 log-in slots each. If anyone wants to have access across multiple schools (for example, a colleague working across a MAT, SCITT or TSA), they just need to put their name against each school. Colleagues can also use the spreadsheet to sign up multiple schools at once. There is also an example tab included for reference.

There will be an advertising campaign for Teaching Vacancies starting shortly, aiming to raise the profile of the service and to make it the first calling point for teachers looking for a new teaching role.

If you have any questions on the service, please get in touch with (in the Bradford OA team) or with Thomas Jackson (, who works in the team developing the website.

The Bradford Opportunity Area Team

Fully Funded Quality in Careers Standard/Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Award

As a secondary school or college in Bradford Opportunity Area you are eligible for funding of £1900 to enable you to take the Quality in Careers Standard, also known as the Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Award. A further bursary of £500 to contribute towards any additional costs incurred is also available.

In Bradford Opportunity Area’s plan we committed to support schools to improve aspirations and access to rewarding careers for young people in Bradford. We see this as an important and productive step in doing so.

This funding is intended to help schools and colleges in the Opportunity Area to build upon the funded Careers Leader Training available to all schools and colleges in Opportunity Areas. To access funding for the Quality in Careers Standard your school/college must have a Careers Leader who is trained or registered for training through the Careers and Enterprise (CEC) website.

The Quality in Careers Standard is now fully aligned with the Gatsby Benchmarks. In contracting one of the certified providers you will receive consultancy support, independent assessment and certification to help you meet the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Through the Careers Strategy 2017 DfE, “strongly recommend that all schools and colleges work towards the updated Quality in Careers Standard, incorporating Compass, to support the development of a world-class careers programme for all their young people.”

We will be promoting this offer with our partners in Bradford; the Careers and Enterprise Company, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Bradford Pathways and the Industrial Centres of Excellence, as we work together with schools to support and improve careers education in Bradford.

Further information about the Quality in Careers Standard:

The Quality in Careers Standard is the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in schools, colleges and work-based learning. It is fully aligned with the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for “Good Career Guidance” and fully complies with the Department for Education’s ‘statutory guidance’.

Find out more at the Quality in Careers Standard website.

To discuss this opportunity further please contact your Enterprise Advisor or email Bradford Opportunity Area,

To apply for the funding please complete and email this CEIAG award funding application.

There’s still time to sign up for DfE funded CPD training for early career teachers

In case you haven’t heard about Accelerate yet, this exciting  new professional development programme is being led by Education Development Trust in partnership with the Chartered College of Teaching and is fully funded by the Department for Education.

The programme has been specifically designed for teachers in the first five years of their career to help-fast track their teaching skills, improve pupil attainment and keep talented teachers in the profession. It is free for teachers in eligible schools in the local area; those that are Ofsted graded 3 or 4 or are in a DfE identified ‘opportunity’ or ‘priority’ area.

With recruitment well underway it’s advisable to register for the programme as soon as possible – places are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis after eligibility.  Applications are being accepted throughout December and into the new year. To register for the programme now and discover more information about Accelerate   please visit the Accelerate Website


Free Maths Subject Specialist Training for Secondary Teachers

Click here to find more information regarding a free, DfE funded training opportunity for non-specialist teachers of Maths in secondary schools.

Trinity Teaching School Alliance is offering funded support for non-specialist teachers (e.g. those who have a degree in a different subject) who currently teach Maths (or may be interested in doing so in the future). Schools taking advantage of this training may be better placed to respond to subject shortages.

There is no cost involved for schools, though they must commit to release the teacher for 4 workshops and a half day school based task.

If there is a group of schools/teachers in your area who wish to get together for the training, Trinity can also arrange for this to be delivered in a bespoke local ‘pod’/’pods’ to reduce the burden of travelling.

There is more information here about other funded Subject Specialist Training in:
•Secondary Maths
•Core Maths
•Modern Foreign Languages

“Glasses in Classes” – Born in Bradford Research Study 2019-2020

There are 2,500 children in Bradford who need glasses but either haven’t got any or aren’t wearing them in school. This is affecting literacy attainment.

30% of children identified as needing glasses through in-school vision screening tests do not attend a further detailed eye examination, whilst 50% of those who do fail to wear their corrective glasses.

For every line on the vision chart a child’s vision is reduced by their literacy score drops by 1.5%.

Bradford Opportunity Area is supporting a Born in Bradford study to get free glasses for children that need them to improve literacy attainment.

If your school wants to be a part of this study to improve literacy attainment please contact:

Dr. Alison Bruce,

Key information:

  • The study will be aimed at 4-5 year old children.
  • Vision screening assessments in reception will be conducted in all participating schools.
  • 50% of participating schools; 2 pairs of corrective glasses will be issued to children who need them (one pair to be kept in school).
  • 50% of schools to act as a comparator.
  • At the end of the study Born in Bradford aim to provide a pair of school glasses for children in all participating schools.


Free Breakfast Club support for schools in Bradford

If at least 35% of pupils in your school are recorded as eligible for free school meals, or 50% as Ever 6 Free School Meals, then you may be eligible to receive support through the National School Breakfast Scheme.

It is funded by the Department for Education, and run by Family Action, in partnership with Magic Breakfast. The programme will support over 1770 schools in disadvantaged communities, including Opportunities Areas, to improve access to healthy breakfasts and learning.

Eligible schools will receive a £500 start-up grant to set up their breakfast club, and schools who do not currently have healthy, sustainable breakfasts already in place will receive free breakfasts.

The funding for food is only available until March 2020 – but the Magic Breakfast will work with you to put a longer term, sustainable plan in place. If you want to explore the benefit of removing the hunger barrier to learning for your pupils, please click for an expression of interest form.

Further information on the programme is here and here.

Funded professional development for school leaders

Many existing and aspiring school leaders in Bradford have already registered to access a fully funded National Professional Qualification (NPQ) course.

Fully funded NPQs are open to all teachers and senior leaders in the Bradford Opportunity Area. They are aimed at those who would like further development to be a high performing middle or senior leader. The qualifications include:

  • National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)
  • National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)
  • National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)
  • National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

A full list of the NPQ providers can be found here.

If you would like any further information about how you or a member of staff can benefit from this offer, please get in touch.