Inspiring Bradford – a week in review

This week we launched Inspiring Bradford, a celebratory week of exemplar events which took place in primary and secondary schools across the city. it’s been a collaborative project between employers, organisations and schools to raise and broaden the aspirations of young people in Bradford. Each event had a real buzz as volunteers, both local and national, visited schools to talk to the young people of Bradford about their careers and inspired them to broaden their horizons.

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Day 1: Inspiring Bradford launch – Beckfoot Heaton Primary School, Friday 13th October

The launch of Inspiring Bradford week took place at Beckfoot Heaton Primary School. A Primary Future themed extravaganza, this event saw a range of people from the business and economy sector talking to children to inspire their learning. The event started with a ‘What’s My Line?’ assembly which the students compered themselves! A firefighter in head-to-toe uniform and a poem recited by Imran Hafeez were just two of the ways the panel revealed their jobs. The assembly was followed by a presentation by Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General CBI, who talked about the world of work and the importance of economics. This was followed by classroom chats which involved a huge range of volunteers.

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Aamnah RahmanBradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Adeeba Malik CBEQED
Adele DolbyThe Prince’s Responsible Business Network
Andy MellorNational Association of Head Teachers
Ann MrozTES
Beckie HartCBI (Confederation of British Industry)
Brian MorganUnivar EMEA
Carolyn FairbairnCBI (Confederation of British Industry)
CBI Cllr Susan HinchcliffeBradford Council
Cllr Imran KhanBradford Council
Damon BoxerDepartment of Education
Deborah Pocock LVORoyal Warrant Holders Association
Eleisha EdwardsIndependent singer
Gaggan SabherwalBBC
Gill ArnoldFounder of Community Champions in Bradford
Ian McIntoshSelf employed
Ian WhiteEduSupport
Imran HafeezBradford Literacy Hub
Jane BalderstoneDepartment of Education
Jean BurlinghamThe Insolvency Service
Kersten EnglandBradford Council
Mark Mon WilliamsUniversity of Leeds
Michael JamesonDepartment of Children’s Services
Nicola BerryEngie
Paul SmithsonAlzheimers Society
Phil HunterBradford Council
Ros FlintCaridnal Hume Catholic School
Shabir HussainAkbars
Shirley CongdonUniversity of Bradford
Simon HinchcliffeBradford Grammar
Sophie HughesArris
Stephanie DaviesLaughology
Usman AliMinistry of Justice
Vanessa LeeEY (Ernst Young London)
Zamila BunglawalaCabinet Office

 Day 2: Diversity event – multiple schools, Monday 16th October

The multi school event saw local secondary schools invite primary children to participate in a day of activities including inspirational talks, careers carousels and workshops. Schools that took part included Parkside, Hanson, Carlton Bolling and UAK and just under 40 primary schools participated in these events.

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Adele DolbyThe Prince’s Responsible Business Network
Alice Carroll
Angela WrightFreelance Artist
Brian MorganUnivar EMEA
Claire BlackaHome Group
DianaSpecsavers Opticians Bradford & Girlington
Esther HornerDepartment for Education
Hannah WalkerCsacaid
Helen BarracloughBradford College
Janet Smith HarrisonBradford University satem centre
Jenny CarlyleSuma Wholesale
Jenny CryerBradford Council
Kelly DeeganBarclays Group
Linda Peltier BinnsBMDC
Luke PostlethwaiteAspire
Mohammad Isreb, PhDUniversity of Bradford
Noreen KhanNeesie
PaulSpecsavers Opticians Bradford & Girlington
Paul SmithsonAlzheimers Society
Phil ForsterLeeds Bradford Airport
Phil Cavallier – LumleyJunior Chamber Commerce
Ruby SohalConnect Business Support
Shabir HussainAkbars
shakeel azizStar Youth Project KLY
Taj SalamCouncillor
Usman AliMinistry of Justice

 Day 3: Women in Science – Horton Grange, Tuesday 17th October

This STEM focused event celebrated the roles of women in science and gave children from Horton Grange Primary school the chance to ask scientists a range of questions about their career. The ‘What’s My Line?’ panel included six different volunteers with careers in the science sector. Dame Mary Archer, Chair of The Science Museums Group, spoke about the importance of science and inspired the children of Horton Grange.

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Carys SchofieldJacobs
Dame Mary ArcherThe Science Group
Dr Barbara J. BrooksUniversity of Leeds
Dr Cath WallerUniversity of Hull
Dr Christine BeedhamUniversity of Bradford
Dr Liz BreenUniversity of Bradford (Faculty of Management and Law)
Dr Maria KatsikogianniUniversity of Bradford
Dr Philip DrakeUniversity of Bradford
Dr Rianne LordUniversity of Bradford
Dr Sahdia ParveenUniversity of Bradford
Helen CookUniversity of Bradford
Jenny WabyUniversity of Bradford
Jo Quinton-TullochNational Science and Media Museum
Dr Kirsten Riches-SumanUniversity of Bradford
Mufaiz RasoolOne Stop Building Service
Nadeem JavidUniversity of Bradford
Sarah LewisDepartment for Education
Thusitha De Silva AmarasekeraGP Leadership Fellows in Leeds
Professor Uduak ArchibongUniversity of Bradford
Yana GeorgievaJacobs
Yunus Mussa MayatCity of Bradford Metropolitan
District Council

Day 4: Arts and Creativity event – St Matthews CE Primary School and Nursery, Wednesday 18th October

This event celebrated the arts sector with St Matthew’s CE Primary School and Nursery, it certainly got those creative minds roaming by introducing pupils to a wide range of wonderful careers within the arts sector. The ‘What’s My Line?’ panel included a diverse panel of volunteers including Lloyd Thompson an ex-pupil who reveal his job through a breakdance!

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Alex BerryBradford Cathedral
Alison CullingfordUniversity of Bradford
Angela WrightFreelance
Chamak KunarOriental Arts Bradford Limited
Damien O’KeeffeBradford School of Art &
The Northern School of Creative Industries
Hazel LeonardH M Training Ltd
Isam BatoolH M Training Ltd
Jacobo Eliez GomezUniversity of Bradford
Keisha HamiltonNorthern Ballet
Lloyd ThompsonTranquil Productions
Mr Nilesh MistryCity of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Stefanie SteadStead & Co. (Architects)

Day 5: Routes to Apprenticeships and University – Samuel Lister Academy, Thursday 19th October

Secondary school students of Samuel Lister Academy spent the day exploring the diverse variety of routes available to them post-education. Volunteers were invited to discuss apprenticeships, university and starting your own business at this Career Footsteps event. Nicola Brentnall MVO the Director of the Queen’s Trust and Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu co-founder of HOPE For Children Cameroon also delivered an inspiring talk to year 11 and post-16 students.

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Angela WrightFreelance
Em WaltonBritish Gypsum
Geoffrey Render Different Strokes Charity
Helen JordanThread of Life
Jacobo Eliez GomezUniversity of Bradford
Joanna MooreheadSocial Mobility Foundation
Kirsty WilliamsHallmark
Lisa SnowdenWoodspeen Training
Nicky BarrattHome Group
Paul SmithsonAlzheimers Society
Tasif KhanProfessional Boxer
Tazila SamunDepartment of Health
Usman AliMinistry of Justice

A range of other primary schools also celebrated Inspiring Bradford through hosting events to inspire their children.

Eldwick Primary School, Friday 13th October

Alexandra CleggFundamentals4all
Professor Engobo EmesehUniversity of Bradford
Julia BeaumontUniversity of Bradford

Westbourne Primary School, Monday 16th October

Phillip RossUniversity of Bradford
Paul ThorningUniversity of Bradford

Killinghall Primary School, Tuesday 17th October

Kathryn MoorhouseSchofield Sweeney
Lynn BoltonHM Revenue & Customs
Michelle BatesonGMB
Dr. Sanjit NayakUniversity of Bradford
Kim HobsonDepartment for Work and Pensions

Priestthorpe Primary School, Wednesday 18th October

Geoffrey RenderDifferent Strokes Charity
Dr. Jill ThompsonUniversity of Bradford
Brendan BarrettUniversity of Bradford
Victoria SmithWorth Valley Private Day Nursery
Sue MaidenWorth Valley Private Day Nursery
Dr. Christine BeedhamUniversity of Bradford

Peel Park Primary School, Thursday 19th October

Dave DickensIncommunities
Brendan BarrettUniversity of Bradford
Aamnah RahmanBradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Yaseen MohammedYProperty Ltd

Eastwood Community School, Thursday 19th October

Karen CobbHM Revenue & Customs

We’d like to extend a massive thank you to all the volunteers and schools who took part in Inspiring Bradford to ensure it was a success. This week was just a start of what we’d like to achieve in Bradford. If you’re a school or a employer in the local area make sure you get involved by signing up to Inspiring the Future.