The Education Alliance for Life Chances (EALC - pronounced 'elk') was formed in 2022 to realise the recommendations from our predecessor programme, the Bradford Opportunity Area.
Bradford is a unique place to live, to grow up, work and be an active citizen but the evidence is clear: current systems for delivering public services are fragmented and can be challenging to navigate - especially for families already experiencing disadvantage.
EALC will connect key organisations in Bradford’s public and voluntary sectors with the critical mass of schools and academy trusts represented on our partnership board. We will transform Bradford into a test bed for innovative interventions across educational settings, through our partnership with Born in Bradford's Centre for Applied Education Research.
For every child in Bradford to be supported to secure good life chances.
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Our 20 year ambition is for Bradford's most disadvantaged children to have the same life chances as their peers. You can view our first delivery plan here
Our Act Locally areas
Our ‘Act Locally’ partnerships in Bradford create effective hubs for families, and schools and services, delivering an integrated, evidence-led response to local needs. We work with and through schools, nurseries and educational settings, in partnership with data scientists at Born in Bradford’s Centre for Applied Education Research (CAER). Each partnership has agreed priorities, identified key local actors in each area and collated sources of data, including lived experience.
Please see below for the more information on the exciting work we are leading in our three Act Locally areas:
Manningham and girlington
Improving the mental health of female pupils and parents
Tackling food insecurity, poor diet and nutrition.
Supporting children and young people vulnerable to crime and antisocial behaviour
Our Enabler Groups
Our Partnership Board
Our EALC partnership board brings together a range of organisations from across the Bradford District to work together to improve the life chances of Bradford's children.
Head Teacher Reference Group
Our Head Teacher Reference Group connects the regional academic community, operational partners and education leaders from a large number of schools together
Keep up with the most recent stories from the Education Alliance for Life Chances.
Our partners at Born in Bradford's Centre of Applied Education Research have a number of research projects in partnership with education settings which are ongoing throughout the year. This is an exciting opportunity to collaborate and engage in knowledge exchange with experts in the field. To view projects which are currently recruiting please follow this link.
Get in touch
Education Alliance for Life Chances, St Edmunds Nursery School and Children’s Centre, Washington St, Bradford, BD8 9QW
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