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Plans to create world class learning in Stoke-on-Trent

AN AMBITIOUS project by a group of Stoke-on-Trent schools is aimed at creating a world class education system in the city.

The schools are joining forces to set up a multi-academy trust, The City Learning Trust, which they hope will have made a major impact by 2020.

Initially Holden Lane Primary School, Mill Hill Primary School and Smallthorne Primary School will form the trust with Haywood Academy and, from September 2015, Haywood Sixth Form Academy.

Carl Ward, City Learning Trust chief executive, says: “Right now the UK’s education system is in a state of change, moving to less central government involvement in favour of local control.

“This provides a great opportunity to take the lead and create a system that our community deserves.”

The new multi-academy has been set up with a number of goals. These include: giving students the skills and qualifications they need to do well in a vocation or higher education, developing literacy, numeracy, resilience, resourcefulness, enterprise, technological literacy and adaptability, taking care of the most vulnerable students, building partnerships with great schools; working with business leaders to inspire entrepreneurship and teach employability skills and developing leaders and team workers who play an active role in public life.

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The City Learning Trust is set to break new ground by putting lifelong education at the heart of how we adapt locally to a changing world. Its vision, ambition and commitment to pupils will drive its success.

Joan Walley

Former Stoke-on-Trent North MP