SCHOOLS in Bradford are coming together this morning to hold a Pandemic Recovery Summit to discuss how Covid-19 has impacted the district's young people.

Dixons, Beckfoot, Exceed and BDAT are all taking part in the summit, which is being held virtually this morning and is due to last two hours and is organised in partnership with Citizens UK.

In the summit, they will discuss how young people have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, to explain the support young people need from adults to come out of the pandemic positively, and also to discuss how West Yorkshire's incoming mayor can support young people.

Explaining the reasoning behind the summit, Dixons said: "The pandemic has taken both an economic and a human toll on all of us in Bradford.

"And without the pandemic, we know that there is a lot more we can do together to support young people in Bradford to be successful.

"Education in Bradford is rapidly improving. There are many initiatives in place to support what happens within schools.

"We want to explore how we can work together as students and teachers, alongside the Council and other partners, to support our communities and our families beyond the school gates, where doing so will have a direct impact on the prospects for young people in the city as we emerge from the pandemic."

During the two-hour meeting students will speak about their personal experiences over the past 12 months and what they need to progress and succeed, and give adults with influence an opportunity to listen to the needs of young people.

It will also help schools to shape their approach in addressing the impact of Covid on education.

Bradford schools are also set to be part of a Citizens UK assembly where young people can grill the West Yorkshire Mayor candidates at the end of April, and are hoping this will lead to a Citizens Assembly being set up for young people in Bradford.