Central Manchester City Learning Centre

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About CLCs

City Learning Centres (CLCs) are a key element of the Government’s ‘Excellence in Cities’ (EiC) initiative. They will have a major impact on learning in city schools by providing a focus for the very best in education for young people.

By providing outstanding local facilities, the Centres will be expected to improve education standards and skill levels, so promoting employment opportunities and countering social exclusion. The aim of CLCs is to enhance the learning opportunities of pupils in our major cities.

To bring this about, the objectives of these centres must be, amongst other things, to:

  • improve access to and use by pupils and adults of the latest education technology
  • improve attainment levels through use of that technology
  • increase staying on rates
  • reduce truancy figures
  • improve employment prospects.

The core client group for these Centres is pupils and teachers, but they also have a role to play in providing opportunities for the wider community to promote lifelong learning. These objectives will be achieved in a number of different ways, including:

  • providing additional courses and opportunities for individual pupils that involve ICT-based teaching and learning materials
  • providing access to state-of-the-art ICT equipment that will be attractive and a motivation for young people
  • delivering services and outreach support to a wider network of local schools
  • providing extension activities for gifted and talented pupils and study support
  • acting as test beds for innovation and new ways of teaching and learning
  • cascading best practice amongst the local network of schools
  • and supporting other EiC and IT provision.