Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Leeds City Council welcomes Yorkshire Forward's decision to invest in Leeds Arena

Leeds City Council has welcomed Yorkshire Forward's decision to invest in the Leeds Arena.

Councillor Andrew Carter, joint leader for Leeds City Council and executive board member with responsibility for the arena project said:

“I'm absolutely delighted at Yorkshire Forward’s decision to ratify the contribution to the Leeds arena project.

"As far as I am concerned it is business as usual.

"With the continuing support of Yorkshire Forward, the development of the Leeds Arena will bring world class entertainment and provide long term economic benefits to Leeds and the wider city region."

“On a personal note I think the people of Leeds realise the commitment I have to this project. It will result in putting Leeds on the map in terms of live entertainment facilities and will also bring new job opportunities and investment into the city.”

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For media enquiries, please contact;
Sara Hyman, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3937
Email: sara.hymanr@leeds.gov.uk

Event focussing on 14-19 education reforms

Reforms to education and training in England will give every young person the opportunity to achieve their potential and move on to further and higher education and skilled employment.

The 14-19 reforms are the biggest changes in education for more than 30 years. They aim to raise the education and skills levels of students by delivering a curriculum which gives them life and social skills, sets stretching and challenging targets, and better prepares them for a fast-changing world.

The education community in Leeds are working hard to be ready for 2013 – the year when the full curriculum and support entitlement must be available - and to make sure that the city has the right mix of high-quality provision, underpinned by excellent impartial information, advice and guidance, as well as clear routes to progression, achievement and economic wellbeing.

Education Leeds is holding an event at Leeds Civic Hall on 16 June, which will bring together the people playing a vital role in this programme of reform in the city. They will come together to fully understand the scope and impact of 14-19 reform, celebrate and share existing good practice, and seek inspiration from national pathfinders and policy makers.

The event is aimed at secondary school headteachers, further education principals and senior managers, and educational policy-makers involved in delivering the 14-19 agenda.

Speakers will include: Sandra Stalker, head of 14-19 education, QCA; David Andrews, CEG consultant; and Peter Roberts, currently principal of Stockport College and soon-to-be chief executive of Leeds City College.

Councillor Richard Brett, council leader and a speaker at the event said:
“These reforms will hopefully encourage more young people to continue in learning on courses that they find interesting and purposeful, and help them to achieve more than they would if limited to traditional curriculum subjects.

“Co-operation between our schools, colleges, work based learning providers and the voluntary and community sector will help us to provide these opportunities to all young people.”

Chris Edwards, chief executive of Education Leeds said:
"We have transformed educational outcomes here in Leeds and believe that these reforms will help us to increase and enhance learning opportunities in the city; therefore improving progression, participation and achievement for our young people.

"This event brings together the key learning providers in the city to fully understand the extent and impact of these reforms, and look at the best ways to give even more of our young people the skills, confidence and knowledge they need for the 21st century job market."

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Additional info

The national target is that by 2020, 90% of young people will achieve level 2 (five A* to C GCSEs equivalent) by the age of 19, and 75% will achieve level 3 qualifications by that age.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578
Email: claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk