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Staffordshire joins National Apprenticeship Week celebrations

Staffordshire apprentices are joining in the celebrations for National Apprenticeship Week from 5 to 11 March 2018. Tom Hassall, Beth Blake, Nick Vaughan and Liam Archer are four Staffordshire apprentices sharing their experiences as part of the annual celebrations now in their 11th year. Beth Blake from Stafford is 22 years old and works in the County Council’s Legal Services ...

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Staffordshire’s 30 hour childcare success praised

Staffordshire’s excellent pre-school childcare network has been praised by the Families and Children’s Minister. Nadhim Zahawi MP visited Staffordshire to see for himself the positive impact of the 30 hours’ childcare scheme. The Families and Children’s Minister said: Staffordshire was one of the first implementers of our 30 hours childcare offer, and reached its initial targets well in advance, offering ...

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Apprentices to be recognised at 2018 graduation ceremony

Over 120 apprentices from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are set to celebrate the completion of their training at a special Graduation Ceremony. Now in its fourth year, the ceremony allows apprentices to graduate and puts apprenticeships on an equal footing with a university route to success.  The event will give people the chance to celebrate with their family and friends, ...

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Act now for funded childcare places

Children celebrating their third birthday in the first part of 2018 should be signed up now for 30 hours’ funded childcare. Staffordshire has one of the highest rates in the region for taking up the offer of 30 hours’ funded childcare for three and four-year-olds. Now, more childcare places are available from April 1 for children who celebrate their third ...

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Gritting fleet faces cold snap


Staffordshire gritters have been on the roads overnight in anticipation of snow followed by freezing temperatures. Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet support member for Highways, said: As Sunday night progressed it became clear that the snow was arriving from the north west earlier and heavier than forecast, particularly on higher ground, but the gritters were out overnight. Being Sunday ...

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Staffordshire families get life-changing support

Early years

Some of the most vulnerable families in Staffordshire are getting life-changing help in an effort to reduce the amount of children coming into care. A number of new initiatives by Staffordshire County Council have meant that more than 80% of the 524 children supported by Edge of Care and Intensive Family Support Services in 2016/17 were able to stay with ...

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Pupils to get a taste of life on the home front in new arts project

School children from across Staffordshire will get the chance to learn more about life on the home front during the Great War in a new interactive exhibition. The ‘Kitchen goes to war’ exhibition, set to tour schools and libraries this year, will explore why rationing was introduced during the First World War, how it worked and how families on the ...

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Keele University announces major new investment

Keele Management School

Keele University has announced plans to invest in a new multi-million pound state-of-the-art facility that houses both Keele Management School and incubated companies in a sector leading Smart Innovation Hub.  The new Management School has been funded by the University and the Denise Coates Foundation, after which the new building at the entrance to the University will be named. The ...

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Schools will continue to rise to the challenge of higher standards

School exam - older children

Schools in Staffordshire will continue to rise to the challenge of higher standards when it comes to GCSEs, the county’s education chief has said. The news comes as new GCSE result statistics are revealed by the Department for Education. Instead of being graded A*-G, pupils are now being graded 9-1 in English Language, English Literature and Maths, with a grade ...

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Skills drive essential to fulfil opportunities for better paid jobs

University of Wolverhampton Skills Deal

Staffordshire’s continued drive to increase skills so that people can take advantage of new job opportunities is essential, the county’s economic growth leader has said. Figures released today show that the number of people claiming unemployment benefits in Staffordshire remains at just one per cent of the local population, lower than regional (2.4 per cent) and national averages (1.9 per ...

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