AN Education Conference was held by Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) at the Pirelli Stadium, welcoming both new and existing local school representatives from across Burton and East Staffordshire, to highlight the work that BACT does to support families and children in the local area. 

Around 70 partner school representatives we’re in attendance to learn more about how BACT aims to develop and deliver whole school and whole child programmes that engage with pupils, teachers, parents and carers. BACT currently delivers over 210 sessions in schools on a weekly basis, working with 38 different schools.

All the education programmes on offer aim to enrich and enhance both individuals and the school’s curriculum, by offering a wide range of alternative programmes, involving literacy, maths, transition periods, School Holiday Camps, and much more.

Run in partnership with headline sponsors Burton and South Derbyshire College (BSDC), the event also allowed suppliers such as Magic Door Education, Staffordshire Cricket and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, to network with local school representatives, in which BSDC showcased their LEGO Education Innovation, which brings an innovative and creative approach to teaching science, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM).

As well as partners from the local marketplace, BACT also showcased their partnership with Burton Albion FC and what they can offer local schools in the area. First Team players Ryan Edwards, who’s the club’s PFA Education Ambassador, and Lucas Akins, who’s the club’s PFA Health Ambassador, were also in attendance to discuss their experiences and roles of working in the local community, particularly from an education point of view.

Katie Johnson, Primary School’s Manager, said: “We’re really delighted with how the conference went and are grateful to everyone that joined us for the afternoon.

“Providing education to the local community is one of the key aspects of what we do and using the power and branding of Burton Albion Football Club makes this much easier and possible to do.

“We’re continuing to try and grow both the brand of BAFC and BACT and by continuing to reach out to more and more schools, pupils and their families, can only help us to do this.”

Sarah Collinson, Burton and South Derbyshire College’s Head of Marketing, said: “It was fantastic to be part of BACT’s Education Conference.

“Supporting BACT, local schools and families is crucial to ensure that the community is aware of all of the initiatives available to them. By working together we can achieve so much more. It was great to see so many schools engaging in the LEGO activity and learning more about our LEGO Education Innovation Studios.”

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