“The Leeds Learning Alliance has grown and developed despite the challenges many, if not all, organisations have faced recently – most notably the pandemic, staff shortages and ongoing financial pressures.
The gaps between the most deprived in our communities and those that face fewer barriers is widening. The result of this is worsening education, health and employment outcomes for the children and young people in these more challenged communities. Repeating the same offer and leaving children and young people at risk during the key transitions will only lead to a continuation and exacerbation of this inequality.
The LLA strategic plan aims to focus our collaborative work in a way that will deliver a change in outcomes for children, young people and families. Clearly, there is much to do, and the work ahead of us is not the easy path but rather work that has not been effective to date because of its complexity and challenge.
We anticipate some national legislation and policy changes over the next months and years. This will be an opportunity for the LLA to develop our partnership and our offer. I have been heartened by the commitment shown by leaders to the partnership, to the agenda we face and to the ‘hard yards’ we plan to travel together.”