Beckfoot Trust is an organisation that links a group of local Bradford schools together so that they can collectively improve the life chances for young people within their schools. Our aim is to create a group of truly remarkable schools each with a genuine comprehensive intake. They will be wonderful places for young people to learn and grow up in. We want to make a difference. We want to create something special.




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School Pandemic Recovery Summit March 25th 2021

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This inspirational gathering of young people took place on March 25th 2021.

Adults from many organisations with power and influence came to listen.

Read more below and see the video about the event.

Schools Pandemic Recovery Summit

What is it for?

We want to bring schools in Bradford together for a two hour summit for three reasons:

  1. To better understand the impact of the pandemic on young people in Bradford

  2. To explain more clearly the support young people need to those in Bradford who can do something about it

  3. To start something bigger by working with Citizens UK to be a part of their West Yorkshire Mayoral Election Assembly, which will involve asking the mayoral candidates to agree to work with us to implement our agenda

Why this? Why now?

The pandemic has taken both an economic and a human toll on all of us in Bradford. And without the pandemic, we know that there is a lot more we can do together to support young people in Bradford to be successful.

Education in Bradford is rapidly improving. There are many initiatives in place to support what happens within schools. We want to explore how we can work together as students and teachers, alongside the Council and other partners, to support our communities and our families beyond the school gates where doing so will have a direct impact on the prospects for young people in the city as we emerge from the pandemic.

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What will the summit look like?

It will take place online, on 25 March at 10am. The summit will feature students from all secondary schools across the BDAT, Beckfoot, Dixons, and Exceed trusts.

Citizens UK and the Mayoral elections

The schools summit is supported by Citizens UK. Citizens UK is a community organising charity that brings together schools, religious institutions, and other community groups to ask for changes on a local level in different cities across the UK including London, Leeds, Manchester and Nottingham. After the summit, young people from Bradford will go forward to Citizens UK's assembly for the West Yorkshire Mayoral candidates, to ask them to support the ideas they come up with.

If the summit is successful, we would like to explore establishing a Citizens alliance in Bradford to make this work more permanent. You can find out more about Citizens UK at

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