Quality of Sunderland’s education to be focus of conference

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THE impact of good quality education on Sunderland’s economy will be discussed at a conference in the city this week.

The Education Leadership Conference will bring together those involved in education and skills in the city, from nursery and early years providers, to schools, the university, Sunderland College and businesses.

One of the key items on the agenda is developing an education and skills strategy for the city that will make sure children in Sunderland get the very best start in life and are given the encouragement and opportunity to carry on learning and developing in their school, work and personal lives.

Council leader Paul Watson said: “We want Sunderland to be a city where people can get the very best out of life so we want to do everything we can to make sure that all children and young people are school-ready, work- ready and life-ready.

“It’s about giving everyone the opportunity to fulfil their potential at the same time as making sure that we have the skills we need for the city’s economy to continue to grow and prosper.

“Most people would recognise that education and skills are inextricably linked with the city’s economy. We also want people in Sunderland to have the best possible health and wellbeing because there’s a real link between wealth and health.

“That’s why we’ve invited colleagues from health to the conference so we can get their take on how we can build stronger, healthier communities able to take advantage of the opportunities on offer.”

As well as staff from schools, people working in health and social care in Sunderland will also be at Wednesday’s event, alongside senior members of Sunderland City Council and members of the Education Leadership Board.

The conference will also be looking at the changing role of the local authority in improving educational outcomes for the city at a time when more schools are becoming academies, and how organisations can work more closely together to achieve significant improvements.