Students from local schools visited City Hall to have their say on how the district can work together to improve education standards.
They took the chance to give their views directly to councillors during the event on the morning of Monday, 16 November, as part of their PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) education.
The students – from Beckfoot Upper Heaton, Dixons Kings Academy, the Holy Family Catholic School and Oakbank School – gave their opinions in small-group discussions followed by a question-and-answer session in the Council Chamber.
Councillors Susan Hinchcliffe, Nussrat Mohammed and Mohammad Shabbir chatted with the young people to hear their views and answer their questions.
The Bradford Council Leader, Councillor David Green, gave a speech to the students about his own experiences of education, the opportunities available in the district and the importance of lifelong learning.
The Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Abid Hussain, also spoke to the young people about how an excellent education is the key to opening up opportunities in life.
When asked for their views on the proposed Education Covenant, the students raised a number of key issues, including the importance of inspirational teachers, the need for high-quality sports facilities in schools, the benefits of outstanding teachers sharing best practice and the need for the district to attract and retain brilliant teachers.
Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Executive Member for Education, Skills and Culture, said: “It was inspiring to hear these articulate young people talk about the issues that really matter to them in their education. They gave us some extremely valuable feedback for the proposed Covenant.
“The young people we listened to today reinforced the feeling I get whenever I visit local schools, which is that we have a massive amount of potential in this district. I encourage everyone to read the proposed Education Covenant on the Bradford Council website and email their comments so that together we can rise to the challenge to transform education standards.”