The 12th will highlight all the work that has been done in Bradford over the last 5 years to improve outcomes for children and young people. We will be using the event to transition from the existing Department for Education scheme (the Opportunity Area) to its new incarnation – the Alliance for Life Chances partnership. We wish to celebrate the opportunities created by Bradford becoming the City of Culture in 2025 and the 7-year funding provided by the Wellcome Trust for the Age of Wonder project (the largest study of adolescence in the world – involving over 30,000 young people).
The day will be a superb mixture of science, art, and inspiration (including a David Hockney exhibit) with the chance to hear about world leading programmes of research. We are inviting colleagues from across the UK (and beyond!) to share their expertise and learn from our experiences. Our aim is to build a coalition of support for our ambition and the work that’s already underway.
Bradford is a unique place to live, to grow up, work and be an active citizen. It is a District of many challenges, but with amazing opportunities for progress. We will use July 12th to celebrate the work to date but also explore how we can all work together to increase equity.
The architects who will build a new Bradford will be its children and young people, its entrepreneurs, and innovators. Much needs to change, but progress is happening. Our vision is to create a community of practice that will help the Bradford District become a place where all children can achieve their potential, and go on to lead successful, fulfilling lives. We know this will need new thinking, and a 20-year effort.