More than 70 delegates from across the UK attended an all-day event aimed at exploring ways to ensure achievement for all in education, organised by the University of Bolton.

The university joined forces with the award-winning education charity ‘Achievement for All’ to present the ‘Achievement for All – Raising Attainment’ Symposium on Wednesday, June 20.

The purpose was to promote debate followed by action in the Greater Manchester area about the importance of ensuring achievement and social equity for all learners.

The event was opened by the President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, Professor George E Holmes DL, who said that the university was committed to equal opportunities for all.

He added that the university being rated number one in Greater Manchester for student satisfaction proved that there were equal opportunities for all.

There were three free master classes to choose from on the day.

Dr Emily McIntosh, Director of Student Life at the university, gave a master class entitled ‘Strategies for Promoting Student Success’, Professor Sonia Blandford, one of the country’s foremost experts on social mobility, talked about ‘Achievement for All’ and Professor David Hopkins, Chair of Educational Leadership at the university, talked about ‘Developing a Common Language for Teaching and Learning Across Bolton’.

Afterwards, Prof Hopkins described the event as a “great success”.

Prof Blandford said she had been impressed by the university’s facilities and added:

“The delegates appeared engaged throughout.”

There were also panel discussions about the various education sectors, involving Debbie Hopwood, Head Teacher at Moorgate Primary School; Paul Roach, Chief Executive of the Leverhulme Academy Trust; Hilda Koon from The Manchester College and Dr Duncan Cross from the University of Bolton.

It was the first event of its kind organised by the University of Bolton.

Delegates travelled from as far away as London and Inverness and it is hoped the Symposium will become an annual event.

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