Thursday, 10 September 2009

I ended the day at Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College in Bradford...

I was there for a Business in the Community Leadership Network Dinner with guest speaker Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families. Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College opened it's new BSF PFI building a year ago and as you can see it's wonderful. I also met Richard Hughes, headteacher at the College and some of his brilliant students from their three 'Academies': they have a Sports Academy, a Performing Arts Academy and a University Academy catering for young people with particular talents in sport, the arts and their most academic students.

It was a great evening at a school with enormous ambition doing a great job at the heart of one of Bradford's diverse and underperforming communities. It was also encouraging to hear Ed Balls talk with real passion about the challenges we are facing, the opportunities we have and the importance of teaching, leadership, aspiration and business links.

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