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BBEST - Batley and Birstall Excellence in Schools Together


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Our local authority is one of many having to make cuts to services, consequently our schools are increasingly being asked to support families in the community.

In response, across Kirklees 17 “Community Hubs” have been formed; groups of schools getting together to help each other support the families of the children in their care. The Hubs differ in size, make up and priorities but all are made up of schools.

The BBEST Community Hub is made up of 22 schools in the Batley and Birstall area. This means the BBEST Hub is working for the families of more than 8000 children locally.

The BBEST Community Hub represents approximately 11% of the schools in Kirklees and 14% of the school children in Kirklees!

Our goals are:

  • To position the Community Hub at the heart of the community-so that no individual is left behind
  • To create responsive, sustainable and effective support systems valued by all our schools, partners, children and families
  • To offer wraparound support to our children to benefit our community

Our priorities for 2020/21 are:

  • Improving “School Readiness” at each transition stage
  • Supporting our families’ mental health
  • Supporting a cohesive community
  • Creating a resilient community, specifically empowering our women and children

We have created a Message Triangle to explain more about our goals: