Improving education outcomes in a city can have a positive impact on its economic growth. People continuing into higher education are more likely to have better employment prospects and earn high wages. Education can also be a powerful tool to improve social mobility and open up opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Cities can ensure their education offer is relevant to the needs of both its students and employers by promoting education initiatives and programmes, providing financial help to students and working closely with providers and employers.
|Case study||Policy aim||Location||Country||Lead organisation(s)|
|1. Providing college scholarships and ensuring students are ‘college ready’||Improve young’s employment prospects||Kalamazoo||Michigan, US||Kalamazoo promise|
|2. Promoting city-wide collaboration using mayoral influence||Improve young people’s work preparation||Boston||Massachusetts, US||Boston PIC|
|3 . Using a collective impact model to establish shared goals||Deliver better education outcomes||Chicago||Illinois, US||Thrive Chicago|
|4. Using neighbourhood-based collaboration to establish shared goals||Deliver better education outcomes||Bronx, New York City||New York, US||Bronx Opportunity Network|
|5. Providing federal support for evaluation||Promote education for low income, low skilled adults and youth||Cities across the US||US||Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education|
|6. Breaking the poverty cycle through education||Prevent youth unemployment||New York City||New York, US||Harlem Children’s Zone|
|7. Increasing academic performance through early interventions||Prevent youth unemployment||London||UK||Department of Education|
|8. Promoting career planning and aspirations||Help young people develop the skills employers want||Cities across the US||US||Career Academies|
|9.Supporting students to remain engaged||Promote inclusive growth||London||UK||The West London Zone|
|10.Using data to identify children's needs||Improve uptake of Early Years education||London||UK||Islington Council|
|11.Finding new ways to experiment and act as a test bed||Promote and share best practice in the Early Years||Bournemouth||UK||EasyPeasy|
|12.Using local leadership to make provision more efficient||Improve education and training provision||Boston, MA||US||Boston Compact|
|13. Creating a common framework to improve education||Improve education and training provision||Liverpool||UK||Schools Improvement Liverpool|