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Pupils could be taught in larger classes and more temporary buildings amid ‘emergency’ shortfall of school places - 31st August 2018

‘It’s unacceptable that many families could face the anxiety of not securing a school place’.

More pupils could be taught in larger classes and temporary buildings in the wake of a secondary-school places “emergency” which council leaders warn could leave thousands in limbo.

Over half of councils in England are at risk of not keeping up with demand over the next five years – leaving nearly 134,000 children with no school places, the Local Government Association (LGA) says.

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Schools will find it harder to exclude children with special needs after landmark ruling - 14th August 2018

It is 'repugnant' to see aggressive behaviour as 'criminal' when linked to pupil's condition.

Schools attempting to exclude poorly-behaved children with special educational needs will need to make adjustments to support pupils before they can exclude them, a court has ruled.

The landmark judgment will make it harder for schools to exclude children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) because of their challenging behaviour, which could be a direct result of their disability.

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New standards to support pupils to reach their potential - 24th May 2018

Extra support for schools with pupils working below the national curriculum has been announced to help all children reach their potential.

Extra support for schools with pupils working below the national curriculum to help all children reach their potential has been announced today (24 May) by Education Minister, Nick Gibb.

Currently, a small number of pupils are unable to work to the standard of the national curriculum, with many of these pupils having special educational needs.

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Ofsted admits some 'outstanding schools aren't that good' - 24th May 2018

Some schools rated outstanding may no longer be as good as their rating suggests, Ofsted has said amid official criticism of its work in England.

A National Audit Office report found 1,620 schools, mostly outstanding, had not been inspected for six years or more, and 290 for a decade or more.

Outstanding schools were decreed exempt from routine inspections in 2011.

Ofsted bosses said there was no way of telling if these schools had since fallen into a "mediocre" category.

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Home schooled children could face compulsory registration, government consultation suggests - 10th April 2018

'New issues affecting home education have arisen in recent years, especially the vulnerability of some children to radicalisation'.

A compulsory register of children who are taught outside of school is being considered by the government, after concerns were raised about pupils going missing from the system.

The consultation will ask whether parents who educate their children at home should be made to register with their local authority. 

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Funding boost for the arts to support talented pupils - 10th April 2018

School Standards Minister Nick Gibb announces £96 million to support talented music, drama and dance pupils kick-start their career in the arts.

New funding to support talented music, drama and dance pupils to realise their potential and kick-start a career in the arts has been announced by the School Standards Minister Nick Gibb today (Tuesday 10 April). This is a further boost to the arts, which has already seen substantial investment in music hubs for the next two years.

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Schools no longer have to collect data on pupils’ nationality and country of birth - 10th April 2018

Campaigners say the scheme was 'a poisonous attempt to build foreign children lists'.

Schools will no longer be made to collect data on pupils’ nationality and country of birth, following a series of court challenges by campaigners.

The Department for Education (DfE) has dropped the controversial categories from the school census just two years after the policy was introduced.

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School Report: Do we get too much homework? - 15th March 2018

How much homework is too much homework?

It's a big question for pupils, teachers and parents alike.

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Teachers demand support amid dramatic rise in children as young as three who are self-harming - 9th February 2018

The government has been urged to intervene to tackle the dramatic rise in the number of very young children – some aged just three - who are self-harming.

Teachers and mental health workers have told ITV News they are regularly seeing children punch and scratch themselves, bang their heads against walls and aggressively pull out their own hair.

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Social Work England: consultation on secondary legislative framework - 8th February 2018

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 sets out the broad legal framework for Social Work England. Social Work England will be the new professional regulator for social workers in England. It will undertake core regulatory functions including:

  • setting standards
  • holding the professional register
  • approving initial education and training courses for social workers
  • running a ‘fitness to practise’ system

This consultation seeks views on the:

  • overall approach to creating a modern, proportionate regulatory framework
  • specific approach taken in each of the regulatory areas
  • possible oversight procedures for regulatory rules
  • likely impacts of the proposed changes.

This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 21 March 2018.

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Ministers urged to close loophole which saw 50,000 children go 'missing' from education last year - 27th January 2018

Statutory guidance for local authorities states that children reported as missing education are at “significant risk” of “underachieving, being victims of harm, exploitation or radicalisation”.

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Drive to raise education standards in areas most in need - 19th January 2018

New Education Secretary unveils plans to drive up standards by supporting underperforming schools and increase opportunities in areas most in need.

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School staff 'need mental health training' - 17th January 2018

Many more school staff need to be trained to help pupils with their mental health problems, according to a leading charity.

A survey by the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) suggested two-thirds of teachers felt ill-equipped.

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Places deadline: Top tips on choosing a school - 15th January 2018

Parents of rising-fives in England have until midnight tonight to apply for primary school places for their children.

It can be a tense time, with the most popular schools often massively oversubscribed.

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Plans unveiled to ensure 'every child will get the best literacy teaching' - 6th January 2018

Phonics roadshows and English hubs are among a range of measures announced by the Government in a bid to improve child literacy.

The programmes will form part of the drive to tackle inequality and ensure "every child will get the best literacy teaching", Education Secretary Justine Greening said.

The Department for Education said a £7.7 million curriculum fund will aim to encourage the development of high quality teaching resources, while it is hoped a £5.7 million investment will help boost literacy and numeracy skills in 469 schools around the country.

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Bureaucracy blamed for 'biggest ever drop' in teacher training applications - 5th January 2018

Teaching is facing a "time bomb" as training applications fall by a third.

Bureaucracy has been blamed for "the biggest drop" in people wanting to train in the profession in recent years, an education union said.

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Schools urged to teach pre-teens social media 'resilience lessons' - 4th January 2018

Pre-teen children are "ill-equipped" for the pressures of using social media apps and must be taught about their emotional impact as they transition to secondary school, the children's commissioner for England has said.

Under 13s face "an avalanche of pressure" and increasing anxiety over their online image with more and more using social media apps that are not designed for their age, according to a key study.

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Parents asked for views on new sex education curriculum in schools - 19th December 2017

Parents are being asked what their children should be taught in school sex and relationship lessons.

A new curriculum is being developed following concerns the current advice is out of date and fails to address issues such as cyber-bullying, sexting and safety online.

The Government said it wants mothers and fathers as well as teachers and young people to give their views on what should be included.

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Keeping children safe in education: proposed revisions - 14th December 2017

The Department for Education invites your views on changes to the statutory guidance Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) and a new departmental non-statutory advice document covering sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges.

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 22 February 2018.

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Pledge to boost mental health support in schools - 3rd December 2017

Children and young people in England are to be able to access mental health support at school or college under government plans to improve services.

The proposals include introducing a four-week waiting time for youngsters needing specialist support and new mental health support teams in schools.

It is hoped around one in four schools in England will have this provision in place by 2022.

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Am I eligible for 30 hours' free childcare? - 31st August 2017

From September, working parents of three and four year olds in England will be entitled to 30 hours' free childcare a week. But how do you know if you are eligible and what is the process for applying?

What is 30 hours' free childcare

The government is doubling the universal entitlement of 15 hours' free childcare, which is available for all three and four year olds. It is funded during term time only - so 38 weeks of the year - but parents can chose whether to use it as 30 hours per week during term time or 22.8 hours per week across 50 weeks of the year.

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GCSE exam changes: Everything you need to know - 24th August 2017

GCSEs in England have undergone the biggest shake-up for a generation.

As teenagers across the country prepare to get their results, here's everything you need to know about the exam reforms.

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'Cash shortage for special educational needs' support - 2nd June 2016

Schools in England are struggling to support the 1.1 million pupils with special needs or disabilities (SEND) in mainstream classrooms, a report says.

A survey of 1,100 school leaders found delays to assessments, insufficient budgets and cuts to local authorities were hampering the ability to cope.

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Latest Local News

This Stoke-on-Trent school now offers FREE breakfast to all 650 students - 14th September 2018

Thistley Hough Academy is one of the first schools in the country to offer a morning meal to every student. Hundreds of students at a Stoke-on-Trent high school can now start the day with a free breakfast.

Thistley Hough Academy, in Penkhull, is one of the first schools across England to offer all 650 children a nutritious morning meal of toast and cereal.

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Look who's opened new swimming pool at this Stoke-on-Trent school! - 12th September 2018

Olympic gold medallist Adam Peaty is calling for swimming to be taught in school. Olympic gold medallist Adam Peaty has called on the Government to invest more in school sport after officially opening a new swimming pool for primary pupils.

The 23-year-old swimming powerhouse was invited to cut the ribbon at Sandon Primary Academy, in Meir, today as a sea of excited young faces cheered him on.

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These nine Stoke-on-Trent schools to get a share of £1.8m for building improvements - 28th August 2018

The cash is part of Stoke-on-Trent City Council's capital programme over the next 12 months. More than £1.8 million is to be spent on improving children’s facilities at several city schools.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has approved the list as part of its school capital programme in 2018/19.

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Can an unused caretaker's house be the 'therapeutic' hub parents at this school are after? - 24th August 2018

The project at Portland School in Blythe Bridge has seen organisers look for funding and sponsorship. Staff and parents at a special needs school are looking to embark on a fund-raising drive to transform a former caretaker’s home into a new hub.

The redundant home in the grounds of Blythe Bridge’s Portland School and Specialist College has been earmarked to help provide ‘therapeutic sessions’ and family support initiatives.

And there is also a vision to create a sensory garden and vegetable patch on the Uttoxeter Road site.

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GCSE results 2018: Stoke-on-Trent schools celebrate big maths improvements - 24th August 2018

The proportion of strong passes has also risen at schools across Staffordshire and South Cheshire. Education leaders today welcomed big improvements in GCSE maths across Stoke-on-Trent in the wake of a citywide campaign.

Provisional results show 39.9 per cent of Potteries pupils achieved strong passes in maths – up 3.7 per cent on last year. And six out of 10 of them gained grade 4 or above, which is classed as a standard pass and is equivalent to a C under the old exams system.

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GCSE results 2018: Boy, 16, predicted to get NO GCSEs ends up with top grades after transferring to this school - 23rd August 2018

Students at Merit pupil referral unit have overcome mental health issues to succeed in their exams.

A teenager who was once predicted to get no GCSEs is now standing proud after achieving seven high grades.

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WaterWorld to open outdoor pool for FREE to encourage water safety - 2nd July 2018

The water park will be hosting sessions for children and parents each Friday until the end of the school term.

Stoke-on-Trent's water park will be opening its outdoor pool to families as part of a campaign to encourage water safety.

Following advice from the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, WaterWorld has taken to the decision to offer out its facility free of charge.

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It's official! This Stoke-on-Trent nursery has been rated outstanding by Ofsted - 30th June 2018

Little Sandon, in Meir, was initially set up a a creche for the children of school staff.

A nursery which began life as a creche for teachers returning to work after having babies is now celebrating outstanding marks in its first inspection.

The Ofsted report praises the ‘inspirational’ teaching at Little Sandon, in Meir, along with children’s ‘exceptional’ progress and behaviour, and the efforts of staff who go ‘above and beyond’ to help youngsters.

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Urgent talks as academy chain collapses - 28th June 2018

Families have been reassured a new sponsor is being lined up for University Academy Kidsgrove and University Primary Academy Kidsgrove following UCAT's announcement

Parents have been reassured urgent action is being taken to keep their children’s schools open following a debt-ridden academy chain’s collapse.

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This nursery is in the running to be named the best in WHOLE country - 21st June 2018

Townhouse Nursery, in Alsager, was singled out for praise.

Nursery staff who are so dedicated that they have been nicknamed ‘the third parent’ are now in the running for a top early years award.

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Ofsted praises ‘well-co-ordinated, targeted services’ and ‘skilled’ staff in supporting vulnerable children - 9th May 2018

Ofsted inspectors have praised effective and innovative work, and knowledgeable and skilled staff in supporting vulnerable children in Stoke-on-Trent.

Two inspectors from the government service carried out a two-day visit of Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s services for vulnerable adolescents in April. The visit focused on children and young people who are being, or who are at risk of being sexually and criminally exploited, those missing from home and care, and young people associated with gangs.

They found that children in the city ‘benefit from a well-co-ordinated array of services that provide help at an early stage’. The inspectors were particularly impressed with the council’s prompt and effective action in quickly identifying children who go missing, strong partnership work with a range of agencies, and the authority’s trialling of different ways of working to deliver effective support to children and schools.

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Fears raised over £5.5 million special education funding black hole in Stoke-on-Trent - 3rd May 2018

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is planning new special schools to cut amount spent on service. Councillors fear services could suffer if a £5.5 million black hole in special education funding is not filled.

Managers at Stoke-on-Trent City Council say it is proving ‘extremely challenging’ to deliver the service within budget, having used now-depleted reserves to meet deficits in previous years.

The authority has unveiled plans to expand special school provision within the city in order to cut the amount spent on costly independent sector places – which is a major drain on council resources.

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People needing support for drug or alcohol misuse are set to benefit from a new service in Stoke-on-Trent - 27th April 2018

City council Cabinet members this week gave agreement to begin the procurement for one integrated community drug and alcohol service in the city to last for the next five years. This will give improved long-term support for people in need and will ensure stability, be more consistent and effective, and deliver more value for money.

Following detailed consultation with partners, service users and staff, the proposal is to bring together three existing services including the Community Drug and Alcohol Service (CDAS), Inpatient Detoxification Service and Stoke Recovery Service under the new contract arrangements.

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Mental Health Charity launch phone service for young people in Stoke on Trent - 18th April 2018

A Stoke-on-Trent-based charity has launched a new free phone service for young people who need support with their mental health.

Younger Mind, part of North Staffs Mind, is offering the telephone support service to 11 to 18-year-olds in the city.

The new number - 0800 0051 445 - will go live today (18 April) and will be available every Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm.

A Thursday evening service will be launched next week (26 April), between 4pm and 9pm.

Young people can talk about issues such as bullying, friendships, family life, school, relationships and anything else that affects them emotionally.

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What to do if your child hasn't got a place at your preferred school choice - 15th April 2018

This week parents across the country will find out if their child has secured a place at their preferred choice of school. Parents will find out if they secured a place at their preferred choice on Monday 16th April.

All children born between September 1, 2013 and August 31 2014 are eligible for a September school place this year.

And, despite a fall in the number applicants for the 2018/19 academic year, The Good Schools Guide predicts that many children – as many as 60,000 – will miss out on their preferred schools.

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Ofsted praises city school which takes on teenagers on verge of expulsion or suffering mental health issues - 9th April 2018

Foundation Bridge Academy was set up by Stoke-on-Trent College a year ago.

A school that gives vulnerable teenagers a ‘second chance’ at success has been praised for the way it supports young people and gets them to believe in themselves.

Stoke-on-Trent College set up the Foundation Bridge Academy at its Burslem campus a year ago, offering places to 13 to 19-year-olds.

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REVEALED: Plans for two new schools and proposals to expand four others in the city - 27th March 2018

Major plans have been unveiled to open two new special schools and expand four others to help meet soaring demand for pupils who need extra support.

It comes as Stoke-on-Trent City Council has experienced a 35 per cent increase in young people requiring either old-style special needs statements or the new education, health and care plans in the last four years.

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Mina named Stoke-on-Trent’s Junior Chef of the Year - 16th March 2018

Eleven-year-old Mina Tideswell has been named Stoke-on-Trent’s Junior Chef of the Year 2018 after cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

The youngster was crowned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s City Catering Service after her dish impressed judges following a week-long competition.

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Debt-ridden Stoke-on-Trent College in bid for £21.9m bailout - but what could it mean for the 8,000 students? - 13th February 2018

The cash would enable the college to wipe out what it owes and be granted a 'fresh start'.

Stoke-on-Trent College has applied for £21.9 million of Government support so it can wipe out millions of pounds of debt. The move forms part of plans to give it a ‘fresh start’ that could also see the further education institution re-launched under a new name.

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Children's book chronicles Queen Victoria's adventures in Stoke-on-Trent - 12th February 2018

The novel has been written by pupils from Blurton's Sutherland Primary Academy and has now been published.

Ten classmates who teamed up to write a novel are now hoping to hit the children’s bestseller list after the book went on sale. The Mystery of the Purple Planet is largely set in Stoke-on-Trent and features Queen Victoria and a host of other colourful characters.

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Education Secretary backs plan to prevent city's pupils going hungry during school holidays - 12th February 2018

Damian Hinds has also praised the outstanding work at Sandon Primary Academy, in Meir, during a visit to Stoke-on-Trent.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has backed plans to extend a ‘holiday hunger’ scheme in Stoke-on-Trent which could see thousands of pupils have access to free meals and learning activities during the school holidays.

The project was initially piloted over the six-week summer break last year after being championed by Stoke-on-Trent North MP Ruth Smeeth and local businesses.

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'Book bench' trail to bring reading to life across Stoke-on-Trent - 6th February 2018

A story trail is set to be created around Stoke-on-Trent featuring 30 book-shaped benches inspired by children’s favourite characters and novels.

Each seat will be illustrated with a different book theme to help capture the magic of reading for young people. Families will be able to pick up a map to track down the venues in and around the six towns. Locations could include museums, shopping centres, libraries, children's centres and even places of worship.

The project has been dreamt up as part of the Stoke Reads campaign and organisers are now appealing to businesses to kick-start it.

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It's official! This city nursery has been rated as OUTSTANDING by Ofsted - 31st January 2018

Inspectors said the behaviour of children at the Orange Tree Day Nursery, in Hartshill, was 'exemplary'.

A ‘first class’ nursery where children make ‘exceptionally high rates of progress’ has been rated as outstanding. Staff at Orange Tree Day Nursery, in Hartshill, are celebrating after receiving the top rating for the first time following an Ofsted inspection.

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Popular Space scheme to expand - 30th January 2018

Children as young as eight will be able to get involved in the summer fun across Staffordshire.

Children as young as eight will get to experience a summer of fun activities with the expansion of the popular Space scheme. The programme - originally organised by police in Staffordshire during the '80s and '90s - is aimed at giving young people something to do during the school summer holidays.

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Revealed: £6m plan to transform education in Stoke-on-Trent - 19th January 2018

The Government has picked Stoke-on-Trent as one of 12 'opportunity areas' across the country.

Primary pupils will be offered careers advice and be encouraged to run their own mini-businesses as part of a £6 million plan to transform education across the city. The ideas are linked to Stoke-on-Trent’s status as an ‘opportunity area’, which will trigger extra Government investment over the next three years.

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This popular city school has revealed plans for a HUGE new extension with six extra classrooms - 15th January 2018

A popular city school has unveiled plans to build a huge new extension to help cope with growing demand for places.

The two-storey teaching block at The Excel Academy, in Sneyd Green, would provide enough space for six extra classrooms and more storage facilities.

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Stoke-on-Trent school set to expand - so every pupil can attend assemblies at the same time - 4th January 2018

Milton Primary Academy wants to demolish its current hall and build a new one in its place.

A Stoke-on-Trent school has unveiled plans to expand – because it can’t fit every pupil inside the hall at the same time.

Milton Primary Academy wants to demolish the current hall and build a bigger facility with new toilets and an intervention room in its place.

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Stoke-on-Trent City Council asked parents if they wanted the six-week school summer holiday to be cut - and YOU said... - 30th December 2017

Education bosses had planned to create a two-week October half-term.

Six-week summer holidays are here to stay in Stoke-on-Trent's schools - after parents shunned attempts to shake-up term times.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has consulted parents and teachers about whether the summer break should be reduced to five weeks.

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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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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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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.

 

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. 

To read further please click here

 

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.

To read further please click here

 

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.

To read further please click here

 

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.

To read further please click here

 

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.

To read further please click here

 

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).

To read further please click here.

 

Pupils, parents and teachers praised for GCSE results after ‘more challenging’ assessments - 24th Augusy 2017

Pupils, parents and teachers have been praised for GCSE results in the city, in the first year of major changes to the way performance is assessed.

A total of 2,205 pupils took GCSE examinations at 20 schools, academies and colleges across Stoke-on-Trent. Results published today show that 53.1 per cent of students achieved good grades (grades nine to four, the equivalent of A* to C-) in Maths and English.

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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.

To read further please click here

 

Upcoming Events

 

Wildlife Watch - Friday 28th September 2018

Meet up at Ballington Woods, Leek at 6.30 pm with a finish time of 8.30pm.  Ran by experienced Forest School Teacher, Esther.  Look out for owls and bats and enjoy campfire snacks as it starts to get dark.  Join in with craft activities, woodland nature trail hunts and stories around the fire.  

This session will cost £5 per family.

For further information, please click here

 

Past Events

SoT Local Authority and a Parents Steering Group Meeting

The Local Authority is inviting chairs of parent support groups for children with disabilities or additional needs in Stoke-on-Trent to a meeting to discuss the way forward for a comprehensive parents steering group.

We have strong relationships with parents in Stoke-on-Trent and the Local Authority would like your help to discuss how we develop and agree a strategic model to ensure that Stoke-on-Trent is engaged and represented at a national level in a “Stoke” way.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 4th September 2018, at Hazel Trees 10:30am-12:30pm.

Please note: the original date of Tuesday 24th July has now been cancelled.

Please can you inform Emily Fowler or Sheila Cowell if you are attending by email on emily.fowler2@stoke.gov.uk or sheila.cowell@stoke.gov.uk

Any queries, please contact Adele Eaton on 01782 231845 or via email at adele.eaton@stoke.gov.uk.

 

Bushcraft, Campfire & Woodland experience - Wednesday July 25th 2018

Meet up at Ballington Woods, Leek at 1.30 pm with a finish time of 4.30pm.  Ran by experienced Forest School Teacher, Esther this Inside Out workshop will include den building,  bush craft, campfire snacks, bug hunting, exploring the woodland trail, nature arts and crafts and lots more. 

This session will cost £5 per family.

For further information, please click here

 

The Parent Engagement Group in Stoke (PEGiS) - Wednesday 11th July 2018

PEGiS would like to invite you to a workshop focused on Play Therapy. 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 Michelle on 07935 557380.

 

Wacky Woody- Thursday 28th June 2018

A very experienced entertainer, Wacky Woody will deliver a comedy magic show with fun, games and tricks and lots of group participation. This event will be held at the Foxlowe Art Centre, Leek and starts at 6.45, ending at 8.15 pm.  There will be the usual Tea, Coffee and Cakes along with a Tuck shop. 

Admission is £5 per family.  Access is to the rear of the building, follow signs for SMDC Council Offices and turn left into the car park.

For further information, please click here

 

A series of events have been arranged to raise awareness of the information, advice and support available for people with learning disabilities in Stoke-on-Trent.

Learning Disability Awareness Week starts on Monday, June 18. Led by Mencap, the national campaign is aimed at raising awareness about learning disabilities and highlighting that not all learning disabilities are visible.

This year the campaign is titled Treat Me Well with an emphasis on health and staying healthy and trying to alleviate some of the barriers to doing so.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council leader and cabinet member for health and social care, Ann James, said: “This week is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the day-to-day issues faced by people with learning disabilities, as well as the successes of people using our services.

“Learning disability affects the person in their everyday life. It means that they require extra time or support to do things and may find some tasks or communication more difficult.

“People with learning disabilities are more likely to experience poorer health. Most people with a learning disability are treated as ‘different'. They do not have the same control over their own lives as the rest of our community and face challenges and prejudice every day. However, people with a learning disability often have unique talents and bring a fresh perspective.

“I would encourage everyone to take part in the national selfie day on Thursday and help to promote the awareness that not all disabilities are visible and everyone has an important part to play in society. Please use the hashtags #LDSTOKE18 #LDWEEK18.”

The city council is taking part in a range of events to celebrate Learning Disability Awareness Week. These include:

Monday, June 18 

  • 10am - The Atrium, Royal Stoke University Hospital

Launch event – promotional stands within the atrium. The Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent and 6 Towns Radio will be attending.

  • 10am - Waterside Day Service, Waterside Drive, Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 3LQ

What does health mean to me? Drop-in session.

Tuesday, June 19

  • 10am to 12.30pm - ABLE Project, 201 Duke Street, Heron Cross, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 3BJ

You Can Cook session - opportunity to observe a healthy eating session and register for the next course.

  • 1pm to 3pm - ABLE Project, 201 Duke Street, Heron Cross, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 3BJ

Get Out - Get Active - gentle exercise session and indoor bowling.

Wednesday, June 20

  • 1.30pm to 2.30pm - St John’s Day Service, 30 Greasley Road, Abbey Hulton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST2 8JE

This Is Me talent show production.

Thursday, June 21

  • 10am to 4pm - Harplands Hospital, Hilton Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 6RR
  • National Selfie Day. Residents of the city can take part by taking a selfie and posting it on social media using the hashtags #LDSTOKE18 #LDWEEK18. Residents are invited to visit Harplands Hospital between 10am and 4pm to upload their selfie and find out more about living with a learning disability.

Friday, June 22

  • 11am to 2pm - The Meadows, Wrenbury Crescent, Berryhill, Stoke-on-Trent, ST2 9JZ

Healthy eating session, taster menu and recipes to take away.

 

The Parent Engagement Group in Stoke (PEGiS) - Wednesday 23rd May 2018

PEGiS would like to invite you to a workshop focused on Social Emotional and Mental Healt (SEMH) in Young People. 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 Michelle on 07935 557380.

 

SEN Jigsaw 2018 - Saturday 21st April 2018

From 9.15am - 16.15pm at The Bridge Centre, Birches Head Road, Birches Head, Stoke on Trent, ST2 8DD

Hosted by Codebreaker Dyslkexia and SprintPlus Text to Speech Software.

Libby hill from SmallTalk Speech and Language Therapy will be one of the key speakers re: The Link between Bad Behaviour and Language.

Specialist Speaker Sally Goddard Blyth from INPP will be discussing Retained Primitive Reflexes and Classroom Management. RPR can present as ASD and ADHD amongst other difficulties.

Many other SEN Workshops and Exhibitors to be announced

Tickets to be released on Eventbrite. Ticket price includes a 2 course lunch, all day refreshments, free parking, access to workshops, exhibitors and 2 key speakers. Tickets are available here

This event is open to parents/carers and educational professionals.

 

The Parent Engagement Group in Stoke (PEGiS) - Wednesday 18th April 2018

PEGiS would like to invite you to a workshop focused on the Impact of Drinking whilst Pregnant - Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD). 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 Michelle on 07935 557380.

Inclusion Stakeholder Drop In - Tuesday 17th April 2018

Time: 9.30 am-12 noon (Drop in at anytime during the morning) 

Venue: Hazel Trees, Duke Street, Fenton. 

Parents of children and young people with special educational needs are invited to a drop in to the Hazel Trees Centre. Members of staff from Inclusion services will be there to listen to your views and ideas on how our services can support children, young people and their families.

Teams will include: Statutory Assessment, Inclusive Learning Services, Virtual School, Learning Pathways for Alternative Provision, Education Welfare.

This will also be an opportunity to hear updates on the new Electronic Hub for EHC plans and to comment as part of parental consultation on the expansion of specialist school provision in Stoke on Trent.

Please note: the event is a drop in so please take the opportunity to come at any time during the morning. We will not have the capacity to advise on individual cases – but parent contact details can be taken in the event of a query.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

Kidz to Adultz Exhibition - Thursday 15th March 2018

One of the largest, FREE UK exhibitions dedicated to children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families, carers and the professionals who support them.

130+ exhibitors offering advice and information on funding, mobility, seating, beds, communication, access, education, toys, transport, style, sensory, sports, leisure and more! 9.30am - 4.30pm. Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, CV6 6AQ but if using a SATNAV please use CV6 6GE. Children welcome.

FREE Entry     FREE Parking     FREE CPD Seminars

100+ Exhibitors offering advice and information on:-

  • Funding
  • Mobility
  • Seating
  • Beds
  • Communication
  • Access
  • Accessible vehicles
  • Education
  • Legal matters
  • Style
  • Sensory
  • Sports activities
  • Holidays, leisure and much more!

Register online for your FREE tickets

http://www.kidzexhibitions.co.uk/kidz-middle

 

SCOPE - March 2018

Free Art & Craft Class - Monday 5th, Monday 12th, Monday 19th and Monday 26th March 2018 -  10am until 2.30pm  at Angela’s Art Room, Fenton Town Hall.

For further information please contact:

Denise - 07921046511 or via email at denise.deakin@scope.org.uk

Louise - 0752836509 or via email at louise.hudson@scope.org.uk

 

SCOPE - Chill and Chat - March 2018

Chill & Chat - Tueaday 6th March 2018 - 9.30am till 11.30am at Landau, Waterside Drive, Newstead, ST3 3NW.

Chill & Chat - Tuesday 13th March 2018 - 12.30pm until 2.30pm at North Staffs Carers, Duke Street, Fenton, ST4 3NR.

Chill & Chat - Saturday 17th March 2018 - 10til 12.30pm at The Brook Centre, Newcastle, ST5 2SU. There is an indoor and an outdoor play space. Parents must stay and siblings are very welcome.

Chill & Chat - Wednesday 21st March 2018 - 10til 12noon at West End Community Centre, 405 London Road, ST4 5AW.

Chill & Chat - Friday 23rd March 2018 - 10til 12noon at Floral Hall Cafe in Tunstall Park. Including  guest speaker  Lorna from Positive Steps Physiotherapy delivering a session called “Looking After Yourself So That You can Look After Others!”

Chill & Chat - Monday 26th March 2018 - 10til 12noon at Mitchell Arts Centre, Hanley, ST1 4HG.

For further information please contact:

Denise - 07921046511 or via email at denise.deakin@scope.org.uk

Louise - 0752836509 or via email at louise.hudson@scope.org.uk

 

SCOPE Parent / Carer Evening Support Group

Being held on Tuesday 20th March 2018 at Costa Coffee, Festival Park from 7 - 9pm.

For further information please contact:

Denise - 07921046511 or via email at denise.deakin@scope.org.uk

Louise - 0752836509 or via email at louise.hudson@scope.org.uk

 

SCOPE Dads / Male Carer Social Evening Group

This event is being held at Trentham Hotel Toby Carvery.

Carvery prices start at £6.99p and other menus are available. Booking is required.

For further information please contact:

Denise - 07921046511 or via email at denise.deakin@scope.org.uk

Louise - 0752836509 or via email at louise.hudson@scope.org.uk

 

SCOPE - Tuesday 27th February 2018

Parent/carers evening support group - 7pm until 9pm at Costa Coffee ,Festival Park.

For further information please contact:

Denise - 07921046511 or via email at denise.deakin@scope.org.uk

Louise - 0752836509 or via email at louise.hudson@scope.org.uk

 

SCOPE - Saturday 24th February 2018

FREE Family Session - 10-12.30pm at The Brook Centre, Newcastle, ST52SU.

Indoor and outdoor play space. Parent / carer must stay & siblings are very welcome .

For further information please contact:

Denise - 07921046511 or via email at denise.deakin@scope.org.uk

Louise - 0752836509 or via email at louise.hudson@scope.org.uk

 

SCOPE - Friday 23rd February 2018

Free Family Activity - 11am - 1pm at Floral Hall Café in Tunstall Park. Including  Wildwood (www.wildwoodoutdoors.co.uk ) providing outside and Fleetkins providing indoor arts / crafts / drawing activities. The Family Fund are also joining us to provide information.

Café open to purchase your own refreshments.

For further information please contact:

Denise - 07921046511 or via email at denise.deakin@scope.org.uk

Louise - 0752836509 or via email at louise.hudson@scope.org.uk

 

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 Michelle on 07935 557380.

 

SCOPE - February 2018

Free Art & Craft Class - Monday 5th, Monday 12th and Monday 26th February 2018 -  10am until 2.30pm  at Angela’s Art Room, Fenton Town Hall.

For further information please contact:

Denise - 07921046511 or via email at denise.deakin@scope.org.uk

Louise - 0752836509 or via email at louise.hudson@scope.org.uk

 

SCOPE - Chill and Chat - February 2018

Chill & Chat - Tueaday 6th February 2018 - 9.30am till 11.30am at Landau, Waterside Drive, Newstead, ST3 3NW.

Chill & Chat - Friday 9th February 2018 - 12.30pm until 2.30pm at North Staffs Carers, Duke Street, Fenton, ST43NR.

Chill & Chat - Wednesday 14th February 2018 - 10til 12noon at West End Community Centre, 405 London Road, ST4 5AW. Including  guest speaker  Lorna from Positive Steps Physiotherapy delivering a session called “Looking After Yourself So That You can Look After Others!”

For further information please contact:

Denise - 07921046511 or via email at denise.deakin@scope.org.uk

Louise - 0752836509 or via email at louise.hudson@scope.org.uk

 

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

 

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

 

Current Newsletters

Disabled Living produce a number of monthly online e-newsletters to communicate with their readers.

Disabled Living - July 2018

Bladder and Bowel UK - June 2018

Click here for further information from their website.

 

Past Newsletters

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