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Salford City Council

Salford City Council

Alongside The University of Salford, Salford City College, The Lowry, Salford CVS and community groups the council is developing a different style of learning. 

Using our community’s knowledge and expertise, we will turn Salford into a dynamic, interactive academy of ideas with ‘no strings attached’ educational and developmental opportunities. It’s all about the joy of learning.

For people who struggle with exams, tests and qualifications, Salford’s Learning City approach will support those who feel excluded from formal education. At the same time, the approach will recognise the knowledge and skills in our communities. Learners can also be teachers.

Learning is about curiosity, openness, raising confidence, challenging prejudices and committing time and patience to a project. Learning is a route to unlocking the secrets of the world we all live in. It’s how we come to understand the organisations we interact with, make social connections and become involved in civic life. Learning is something which benefits all of society.

Salford City Council is committed to embracing and encouraging access to the many types of learning and our Learning City will:

  • Value all types of knowledge, and every kind of skill from practical, to artistic intellectual and academic.
  • Emphasise the importance of heritage, community, Salford pride, cultural experiences, local and family knowledge, quirky facts, chatter and gossip that make our city so unique.
  • Value knowledge from outside our ‘comfort zone’ and encourage residents and break down barriers to get them involved in politics, philosophy, current affairs, science, technology and become critical thinkers.
  • Encourage people to imagine life itself as a learning journey – encouraging them to indulge their interests, exploit their own creativity and push themselves to achieve personal goals.
  • Take learning out of the classroom and into the streets, community centres and people’s homes. We will develop a vibrant, progressive, learning city for all who live, work and study here.

What will we do?

We will encourage the development and provision of ‘no-strings-attached’ learning experiences for the people of Salford – opportunities to learn, explore and develop skills which aren’t connected to assessments, grading or explicit ‘training programs’. We are planning a five year programme of activities to establish the Learning City as part of the culture and practice of Salford.Each year will be marked by milestones which will be set out in advance, but regularly revisited so that they can be adapted to the realities on the ground and reassessed by new participants in the process.

How will we do it?

By bringing key partners into our ‘Learning City’ project, identifying existing schemes that already provide these learning experiences as well as providing support and resources for community-led initiatives. However, we will also look for innovations and new approaches, such as the proposed Salford Community University. A Learning City Creative Learning Team will help make this happen and ensure the constant dialogue  between organisations, communities and individuals about the nature of learning and knowledge, so that Salford Learning City itself may change and grow.

By supporting schemes and projects from both Learning City partners and the community, we will bring together people from across Salford to celebrate their identity, heritage, culture and joy of learning.