Editor’s View: First class unity bid

Stephen Betts, chief executive of Learn Sheffield, want to make Sheffield a wolrd-class city. Photo by Dan Hobson.

Stephen Betts, chief executive of Learn Sheffield, want to make Sheffield a wolrd-class city. Photo by Dan Hobson.

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All our futures lie in the hand of our youngest Sheffielders and the institutions where we send them to learn are entering a new era.

Learn Sheffield is the newest member of a class which has never been able to offer a fair service to all.

It is fantastic to see all of our city schools finally coming together, with backing from the council, to really push education to the top of our agenda.

But what a job they have in front of them.

There are wonderful examples of teaching across our city – and don’t be fooled into thinking that necessarily means the more affluent suburbs.

But there also far too many of our children being failed by a system that simply isn’t up to scratch.

Maths, literacy and science are a massive part of education but they are only part of it.

As you’ll have read in our interview with Learn Sheffield’s Stephen Betts this is a bigger plan.

It starts with pride in themselves, their class, their school and their city. But it is also about their safety, their opportunities and their outlook.

As Mr Betts said: “All schools need to improve and all schools, even the best ones, can be better.”

That will be music to the ears of everyone who cares about Sheffield.

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