Bath Education Trust is a partnership and collaboration of key education providers and businesses in the city of Bath. Our aim is to improve the educational experience of young people in our schools and colleges and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.


We are committed to the principles of:


• open, honest and transparent collaboration

• integrity and mutual respect

• a firm commitment to the provision of high quality education

• putting learners first

• strength in unity


We are working together to:


• develop and deliver a well-planned and collaborative curriculum offer that best meets the needs of all learners

• undertake joint teaching and learning development

• improve advice and guidance to students by developing collaborative and impartial approaches to service delivery

• operate within common quality assurance frameworks

• participate in an agreed programme of joint activities

• develop a joint timetable for schools

• achieve efficiencies in back office services




We are governed by a Trust Board, chaired by 

Peter France, CEO of Rotork plc.


Other members of the Board include:


Kate Reynolds (Bath Spa University)

Andrew Davies (Beechen Cliff School)

Charles Oldham (Beechen Cliff School)

Matt Atkinson (City of Bath College)

Carole Stott (City of Bath College)

Colin McInnes (Hayesfield Girls' School)

Emma Yates (Hayesfield Girls' School)

Julia Garratt (Ralph Allen School)

Tim Withers (Ralph Allen School)

Julie Dyer (Three Ways School)

Tony Comer (Three Ways School)

Andrea Arlidge (Wellsway School)

Irene Arnold (Wellsway School)

Bernie Morley (University of Bath)


Day to day activities are led by a Management Board, composed of the headteachers/principals of the schools, the principal of the college and the BET Project Manager.


What is the BET Award?

The BET Award is a valuable, certified programme of transferable skills and practical learning opportunities for students aged 14-19. 

Designed to enhance students' skills for enterprise and employability, students complete the award either alongside, or in some cases as part of, their existing school/college curriculum.


Employability skills that are developed through the programme

The BET Award is focussed on the development of the generic skills and qualities required to do almost any job. They include:

• Teamwork

• Communication– reading, writing, speaking and listening

• Numeracy

• IT and computer skills

• Problem solving

• Business awareness

• Customer care

• Self-management


Award structure

The BET Award has four elements:

• a self-assessed skills questionnaire

• work experience

• volunteering experience

• workshops and masterclasses

Students who complete all the elements are awarded a certificate of achievement.


Are you interested in achieving the BET Award?

You need to attend a school or college within BET. Whether you are moving on from school or college to higher education, apprenticeship or employment you will be entering a competitive market. The Award will complement your academic studies and help you stand out from the crowd. Employers look for employees who demonstrate integrity, reliability, initiative and determination and the BET Award helps you to provide evidence of these skills.

In addition, you will be able to develop your communication and organisational skills, take on leadership roles and develop self-awareness of your strengths and weaknesses.

Please contact your school/college to ask how to register.


Are you an employer?

Can you help us improve the employability of young people in Bath and the surrounding area?

We are looking for local employers to run master classes and workshops and to offer work experience. We will provide support for planning and delivery and just need your expertise. If you or your company can provide expert knowledge on the key employability skills, we would love to hear from you.

Do you need volunteers?

Volunteering is a great way for young people to develop their skills and is an important element of the BET Award. We are looking for volunteering opportunities in the local community to offer to students. Please contact us to discuss any opportunities you may be able to offer.


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