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Competition to find City’s Top Young Musician - 16th November 2017

The search is on to find Stoke-on-Trent’s top young musician.

Schools and colleges across the city are being encouraged to put their top talent forward, from singers and guitarists to pianists.

Organised by the city council-run City Music Service, the Stoke-on-Trent Young Musician of the Year 2018 competition will see preliminary rounds held on January 29, 30 and 31, with the final at the Bridge Centre, in Birches Head, on April 27.

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Ofsted rates City School as 'good' & praises 'articulate' students - 16th November 2017

Ofsted inspectors have praised Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy.

A school has taken dinner table conversations to a whole new level by getting pupils to stage debates while they eat their lunch.

Students at Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, in Blurton, join in with the bistro talks by chewing over topics they have researched in advance.

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Ashley, 13, represents city in House of Commons - 14th November 2017

Thirteen-year-old Ashley Moran has championed the views of young people in the city at a UK Youth Parliament debate.

Ashley is Stoke-on-Trent’s Member of Youth Parliament and used the debate to raise awareness and increase support for young carers, which was added to the national UK Youth Parliament manifesto at its annual sitting in Liverpool Hope University in July. Ashley also gave his support for Stoke-on-Trent’s bid to become the UK City of Culture in 2021.

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Past News

Iconic ceramic poppies are coming to Stoke-on-Trent for SIX weeks next summer - 18th October 2017

Thousands of ceramic poppies handcrafted in Stoke-on-Trent for the focal point of the UK’s Great War centenary commemorations are to go on display in the city next year. Middleport Pottery has been chosen to host the world-famous poppies for six weeks from August 2 to September 16.

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Number of apprenticeship starts FALL since introduction of levy in April - 17th October 2017

New figures have revealed a dramatic fall in the number of apprenticeship starts – since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy.

Statistics from the Department for Education (DfE) show that - across the UK - there were just 43,600 apprenticeship starts between May and July this year, compared to 113,000 for the same period last year.

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Major money-saving shakeup will see city nursery schools close and be replaced by classes at primaries - 16th October 2017

Headteachers say it would provide more continuity for children and build on the existing close links.

Plans to replace four ‘standalone’ nursery schools with nursery classes in primaries have been drawn up to save £370,000-a-year.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is set to launch a consultation on October 30 into overhauling early years education.

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Staffordshire NHS Trusts announce intention to merge - 10 October 2017

The Boards of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) and Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust (SSOTP) have agreed to come together as one organisation from next April, subject to the necessary regulatory approvals.

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Nursery school gets top marks for fourth time in a row - 7th October 2017

Inspectors have praised its 'dynamic leadership' and children's progress.

Staff and pupils are celebrating after their nursery school was rated as ‘outstanding’ for the fourth time in a row. Inspectors said the team at Bentilee Nursery School was ‘strong’ and that children’s rates of progress were ‘accelerating in all areas of learning’.

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Trust joins forces with local schools to launch new mental health and wellbeing strategy - 27th September 2017

A new mental health wellbeing strategy has been launched as part of an exciting partnership between North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust and schools across Stoke-on-Trent.

Staff from the Trust’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Schools team have been working closely with a number of primary, special and independent schools in the city to develop individual strategies to best suit their pupils.

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Inspectors praise 'extraordinary' Meir school for its outstanding success - 26th September 2017

Pupils at Sandon Primary Academy even have their own farm and village of miniature houses.

A school where children have their own farm, putting green and street of miniature houses has been praised for its ‘extraordinary’ work and ‘remarkable’ learning environment. Inspectors say Sandon Primary Academy, in Meir, is outstanding in every way and staff ensure no pupil is left behind.

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Is scrapping tests for seven-year-olds a good idea? - 25th September 2017

School leaders have mixed feelings about Government plans to scrap compulsory tests for seven-year-olds.

Testing children in reading, writing and maths has become a well-established part of school life. And this Thursday, the Government will be publishing the latest results, showing how well seven-year-olds have performed across the country.

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Funding formula poses 'real problems' for SEND pupils - 22nd September 2017

SEND pupils in dozens of local authority areas stand to lose out from the government's funding shake-up, analysis indicates

Pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) face "real problems" as a result of the government's funding plans, a school finance expert is warning.

Under the Department for Education's latest proposals, local authorities will be restricted in the amount of money they can transfer from the main schools budget to prop up funding for pupils with "high needs".

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20th September 2017

Dear parents and carers,

Consultation 20th September to 6th October 2017: Proposed changes to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) services

I am writing to you to inform you about a consultation which is taking place with regard to proposed changes we would like to make with regard to the Special Educational Needs Service in Stoke on Trent.

I would like to give you some information in this letter and would welcome your views on the proposed changes. You may give these views in writing or by email. In addition we will be holding a consultation meeting on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 at Hazel Trees Centre, 135 Duke St, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 3NR. 1.30-2.30pm

If you would like to read more please see the NDCS Parent Consultation Letter in the Related Documents section of the right of this page.

 

Justine Greening announces plans for reception-age baseline checks - 15th September 2017

Four- and five-year-olds will be expected to sit baseline tests when they start reception school as part of a raft of changes to the way children are assessed, the government has announced.

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Changes to the funding system for schools and high needs - 14th September 2017

New national funding formulae for schools, high needs and the central school services block will be introduced from April 2018.

High needs funding is funding for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities who need extra support at school, college or alternative provision settings. Alternative provision settings are for children who can’t go to a mainstream school.

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SEND: DfE scraps P-Scales for Assessment of pupils working below National Curriculum Level - 14th September 2017

The government is altering the current system used to assess children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who are working below the expected national curriculum standards.

The statutory requirement for teachers to use performance scales (P-scales) to assess pupils with SEND who are not working at the standard of national curriculum assessments will be removed, the government has announced today. 

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Sats for seven-year-olds in England to be scrapped - Thursday 14 September 2017

Government announces controversial tests will not be compulsory from 2023, as part of overhaul of primary school assessment

Primary school Sats have long been controversial, with critics arguing they put too much pressure on young children. Sats for seven-year-olds in England to be scrapped. Government announces controversial tests will not be compulsory from 2023, as part of overhaul of primary school assessment.

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Education Secretary Justine Greening sets out measures to replace 'outdated' school funding system - 14 September 2017

Education Secretary Justine Greening today (14 September) confirmed details of a new fairer funding system for schools in England, putting an end to the historic postcode lottery that saw huge differences in funding between similar schools in different parts of the country.

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New assessment to provide better starting point to measure progress and the impact of schools - 14 September 2017

Plans have been announced by Education Secretary Justine Greening for a primary assessment system which focuses on pupil progress, mastering literacy and numeracy, and scrapping unnecessary workload for teachers.

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Key tips for applying to secondary school - 6th September 2017

Parents urged to get application forms submitted before the deadline.

Thousands of parents are being urged to complete their application forms on time if they want their children to get into popular secondary schools. It comes as the main admissions round got underway this week for pupils who are due to transfer to high schools in Autumn 2018.

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The questions parents ask before applying for a school place - 6th September 2017

Principal Michael Astley urges families to look round a school during the normal working day.

Homework, school dinners, toilets and after-school clubs. Four of the topics that often come up when children ask what secondary school is like.

It’s a combination of feeling anxious and excited. After all, going from the relatively protective environment of a primary school classroom to a much bigger school is a step into the unknown for your typical 11-year-old.

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30 hours free childcare launches - 31st August 2017

The government's 30 hours free childcare offer for working parents rolls out across the country on Friday (1 September).

  • New 30 hours childcare offer saves families around £5000 per year per child
  • Around 390,000 families across the country are eligible
  • Scheme backed by an extra £1 billion per year by 2020.

The government’s landmark offer for working parents of 30 hours of free childcare per week rolls out across the country from tomorrow (Friday 1 September).

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Applications open to create 1,600 new special free school places - 27 July 2017

Nineteen local authorities open applications to sponsor new special free schools.

More than 1,600 new special free school places will be created across England as 19 local authorities invite applications to run new special free schools.

It will mean 19 new schools, providing high quality provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities, will be built through the government’s ambitious free schools programme that provides choice, innovation and higher standards for parents.

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Upcoming Events

Scope Face 2 Face Family Playground Sessions - Saturday 9th December 2017

Our Space, The Brook Centre, Stanier Street, Newcastle under Lyme ST5 2SU.

Free Juice/tea/coffee will be available and there will also be a 50p tuck selling chocolate/sweets/cans of pop etc. You are welcome to bring own picnic/snacks if required. Free to children with a disability aged 0-25yrs between 10:00am - 12:30pm.

Email: denise.deakin@scope.org.uk  Mobile: 07921 046511

 

The Parent Engagement Group in Stoke (PEGiS) - Wednesday 14th February 2018

PEGiS would like to invite you to a workshop focused on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The workshop is being held by Karina Turner from Turning Corners. There are only 20 places available and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The workshop is informal and is aimed to help you to understand the world from your child's perspective.

Light refreshments will be available. Please bring your own lunch.

 9.45am - 2.30pm @ Hazel Trees, 135 Duke St, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 3NR.

For more information please telephone 07935 557380.

 

Past Events

Anti-Bullying Week 2017 - ’All Different, All Equal’ - 13th-17th November 2017

The Anti-Bullying Alliance aim to help children and young people celebrate what makes them, and others, unique and help them understand why it’s important that every child feels included in school able to be themselves without fear of bullying.

 

HIGH PEAK School Parent Forum - Tuesday 14th November 2017

This will be our first meeting where you can chat informally with other parents and discuss educational issues and concerns.

In attendance will be:

PEAK Speech & Language Officer, SENDIASS, Independent Support, Chair of PEGiS, Co-ordinator of Stoke-on-Trent SCOPE Face2Face.

Meeting Room 1, 10.00am - 12.00pm @ Hazel Trees, 135 Duke St, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 3NR.

 

Cafe DEAFvibe - Deaf4Deaf - Talking about Mental Health & Deafness - Saturday 11th November 2017

Deaf4Deaf will be attending the Cafe to talk about their services and how their can support deaf people in managing their mental health and wellbeing.

Deaf4Deaf deliver counselling to deaf and hard of hearing communities. Their deaf-led team can communicate in BSL (British sign language), ISL (Irish sign language), SSE (signed spoken English) or by lip-reading (orally) using visual expressions. You choose who you work with. We do not choose for you.

Check out their website for more information: www.deaf4deaf.com

Everyone welcome. £2 entrance fee

Refreshments available for a small charge. Also available are Cheesy Oakcakes & Handmade Cakes by our King of Oatcakes and Queen of Cakes! all funds raised for DEAFvibe. 9.30am - 1.00pm.

 

Scope Face 2 Face Family Playground Sessions - Saturday 28th October 2017

Our Space, The Brook Centre, Stanier Street, Newcastle under Lyme ST5 2SU.

Free Juice/tea/coffee will be available and there will also be a 50p tuck selling chocolate/sweets/cans of pop etc. You are welcome to bring own picnic/snacks if required. Free to children with a disability aged 0-25yrs between 10:00am - 12:30pm.

Email: denise.deakin@scope.org.uk  Mobile: 07921 046511

 

Trampolining for Disabilities - Thursday 5th October, Saturday 7th October, Sunday 8th October, Thursday 12th Ocober & Saturday 14th October 2017

1:1, 20 minute sessions with own coach and trampoline, £10, first session half price.
We can cater for learning, physical, autism, visual and hearing impairment, have a hoist available. Children or adults

All sessions work towards a recognised British Gymnastics Award Scheme (achieveing certificates), offering structured progression and monitoring of development in a safe learning environment. Trampolining is Fun, Friendly & Fantastic for fitness, providing many health benefits, including exercising and strengthening muscles, improving self confidence, helping cardio-vascular fitness, flexibility, balance and co-ordination.

Jump 2 It Coaching, Wallace Sport And Education Centre, Abbots Road, Abbey Hulton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST28DU. 07732 814510.

 

Autism Friendly Play Session - Saturday 7th October 2017

We're excited to announce we'll be hosting our next Autism Friendly Play Session on 7th October.

We've listened to all your feedback and will be open after hours on the Saturday between 5pm & 7pm for families to enjoy all the fun of the farm in a quieter environment.

All hand dryers will be turned off, the volume will be turned down on our Silvercone quads and we will be handing out ear protectors for SCOOP.

There's no need to book, just come along!

Enquiries to 0800 133 7000 or by email to enquiries@theicecreamfarm.co.uk

 

The Parent Engagement Group in Stoke  (PEGiS) - Wednesday 27th September 2017

PEGiS would like to invite you to a workshop focused support with DLA Forms. The workshop is being held by Cerebra.

The workshops are informal and are aimed to help you to understand and complete the Disability Living Allowance Forms easily.

Light refreshments will be available. Please bring your own lunch.

10.00am - 2.00pm @ Hazel Trees, 135 Duke St, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 3NR.

For more information please telephone 07935 557380.

 

The Parent Engagement Group in Stoke  (PEGiS) - Tuesday 26th September 2017

PEGiS would like to invite you to a workshop focused support with DLA Forms. The workshop is being held by Cerebra.

The workshops are informal and are aimed to help you to understand and complete the Disability Living Allowance Forms easily.

Light refreshments will be available. Please bring your own lunch.

10.00am - 2.00pm @ Hazel Trees, 135 Duke St, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 3NR.

For more information please telephone 07935 557380.

 

Scope Face 2 Face Family Playground Sessions - Saturday 23rd September 2017

Our Space, The Brook Centre, Stanier Street, Newcastle under Lyme ST5 2SU.

Free Juice/tea/coffee will be available and there will also be a 50p tuck selling chocolate/sweets/cans of pop etc. You are welcome to bring own picnic/snacks if required. Free to children with a disability aged 0-25yrs between 10:00am - 12:30pm.

Email: denise.deakin@scope.org.uk  Mobile: 07921 046511

 

Stoke Parent Carer Forum - Friday 8th September 2017

Stoke Parent Carer Forum is a voice at a strategic level for parents and carers of disabled and SEN children. We work in partnership with commissioners and service providers to contribute towards the continual improvement of services in the Stoke area.


We want to hear from parents about their experience of services. We want to tell you what the service providers say in response. We want to help co-produce excellent services for disabled and SEN children in Stoke. Come and help us achieve our vision for Stoke where we, the parents and carers of children with a wide range of disabilities and SEN, have a strong voice to influence and develop the way all our children’s needs are met. Our next Forum meeting at 10am on Friday 8th September 2017 in the Truth Room, Smithfield Two Building.


We need to hear from you, we need your help to get this right and we welcome your contribution. At the moment we are still re-forming our group after changes earlier this year. Please come along and help us to shape the future.

 

Scope Face 2 Face Family Playground Sessions - Saturday 5th August 2017 

Our Space, The Brook Centre, Stanier Street, Newcastle under Lyme ST5 2SU.

Free Juice/tea/coffee will be available and there will also be a 50p tuck selling chocolate/sweets/cans of pop etc. You are welcome to bring own picnic/snacks if required. Free to children with a disability aged 0-25yrs between 10:00am - 12:30pm.

Email: denise.deakin@scope.org.uk  Mobile: 07921 046511

 

Deafblind Awareness Week 2017 - 26th June to 2nd July

During this week, Deafblind UK, Deafblind Scotland, About Me Care and Support, Community Care Opticians and other organisations will host a series of events and activities to raise awareness of dual sensory loss. Please contact the above services for further information.

 

Learning Disability Week  2017 - 19th to 25th June

The focus for this year’s Learning Disability Week is employment.

Stoke on Trent City Council are raising awareness of the benefits of employing people with a learning disability to help tackle the appallingly low levels of employment there currently are.

 

Carers Week - Thursday 15th June 2017

To mark this special week, the council and the Carers’ Hub are hosting a carers’ marketplace in the Kings Hall, Stoke. It will include information, stalls and demonstrations by a wide range of local organisations and businesses providing services to carers and/or those they care for.

10.30am - 16.30pm

 

Scope Face2Face Family Theatre Sessions - Tuesday 30th May 2017

New Vic  Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme, ST5 0JG between 10.00 - 14.00pm.

To take part and get creative in theatre activities . Exploring stories, music and props etc.

Free Juice/tea/coffee will be available. Café available to purchase your own lunch or bring along a picnic. Free to children with a disability aged 0-25yrs.

Email: denise.deakin@scope.org.uk  Mobile: 07921 046511

 

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