The Brighton City Partnership for Education (BCPFE) is a charity, made-up of 13 local and maintained nurseries, primaries, infant and junior schools, with collectively over 3,000 children aged 0-11 years. Member schools work collaboratively to enhance the children’s school experience and opportunities. BCPFE delivers services and projects to support children’s learning, emotional and physical wellbeing, as well as the wellbeing of their families and the wider community.
BCPFE’s three key strands of work are School Improvement, Family Support and Enrichment. Our work is currently funded through a combination of member school contributions, statutory funding from Stronger Families Stronger Communities, Primary Sports funding and grants from Trusts and Foundations.
BCPFE member schools have worked successfully in partnership since 2007, and gained charitable status in September 2015.
Initially, schools worked together in geographical clusters across the city, through the Government’s Extended Services agenda. They received funding to further develop wrap-around childcare; parenting support including family learning; swift and easy access to targeted and specialist support services; community access to school facilities.
When Extended Services ended in 2011, City Centre Partnership schools continued to pool funds to support joint working and to retain a central role, employed directly by the schools. School improvement became the fundamental focus, while retaining and further developing earlier priorities such as family support, enrichment opportunities and targeted support services.
Our membership has grown almost annually since 2013, with schools joining from beyond the City Centre, resulting in a change of name to reflect the changing geographical nature of the Partnership which became ‘Brighton City Partnership For Education’ (BCPFE).
BCPFE is now established as a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation), with a strong board of Trustees and improved access to funding opportunities.