Annal Nayyar reports. Lord Nash calls for more academy sponsors. Schools Minister Lord Nash today called on leading schools, businesses and enterprising groups and individuals to step in and raise standards of education in Yorkshire and the Humber

Annal Nayyar reports. Lord Nash calls for more academy sponsors. Schools Minister Lord Nash today called on leading schools, businesses and enterprising groups and individuals to step in and raise standards of education in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Three events hosted by the Department for Education, the Diocese of Wakefield and the Gorse Academies Trust are being held on 17 and 18 October in Leeds. The events aim to attract businesses, schools, community leaders and others to become academy sponsors and school governors and to encourage them to advise young people on their options for the future or provide work experience or mentors. Invitations and speakers have been drawn from across the region’s 15 local authority areas.

Many schools in the region are performing well, and there are some brilliant sponsors turning around underperformance, including Outwood Grange Academies Trust and the Gorse Academies Trust. However, there are still a number of primary and secondary schools where children are not getting the standard of education they need.

Lord Nash said businesses, and others in Yorkshire and the Humber, had the power and ability to change the current situation and improve school standards.

The 3 events are being held to show businesses how they can get involved in sponsoring academies. They are:

  • the community leaders event – 17      October 2013, 5:30pm at The Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive, Leeds      LS10 1LT
  • the business leaders symposium – 18      October 2013, 7:30am at Farnley Academy, Chapel Lane, Leeds LS12 5EU
  • the system leaders symposium – 18      October 2013, 10:30am at Farnley Academy, Chapel Lane, Leeds LS12 5EU

 

 

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