Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen met with a group of Teesside school leaders, including Schools North East Chair John Hardy, for lunch and discussion on 7 November.
The event – the second in a new series of ‘Partner Lunches’ organised by Schools North East – was held at Carmel College in Darlington. These events bring together school leaders and their local elected representatives to discuss issues impacting on schools.
Topics covered included the Mayor’s £3m careers initiative, which would see every school and college in Teesside work with local businesses to shape careers and enterprise education, how to engage pupils from challenging backgrounds in this process, extending careers advice to primary settings, facilitating good transport links to widen opportunities for young people and engaging with parents.
Schools North East Director Mike Parker said: “I’d like to extend my thanks to Ben for taking part in a fascinating Partner Lunch. Heads discussed a diverse range of topics with the Mayor, including his new careers initiative, and heard about a number of quality initiatives in the offing.
“Engaging with politicians, decision makers and influencers is a key element of the work that Schools North East carries out on behalf of schools. It is great that we can offer our Partner Schools opportunities to speak directly with influential people like the Mayor to help them understand the environment in and around schools.”
The event was sponsored by Avec, a leading provider of professional support services to schools and academies in the region.