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History of Cannock Chase revealed in new exhibition

Display at Cannock Chase

People interested in learning more about Cannock Chase’s history including its role during the Great War can now do so in an exhibition touring the county’s libraries. Using the latest LIDAR and Aerial photography technology, the Chase through Time project has helped unravel over 2000 years of human activity across Cannock Chase. Amongst the discoveries are over 430 new archaeological ...

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Staffordshire skills boost revealed as near full employment continues

Staffordshire Means Skilled People

The number of people without qualifications in Staffordshire has been reduced by 50 per cent over the last four years as the county continues to see near full employment. Skills leaders say close working between the county council and local enterprise partnership means that the rate of people gaining qualifications in Staffordshire is now growing faster than it is nationally. ...

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Consultation begins on special needs education

Plans to educate more special needs pupils closer to home are at the heart of a new plan under consultation. Parents, carers and schools are taking part in a countywide consultation over the future of Staffordshire’s special educational needs and disability (SEND) strategy for children and young people aged 25 and under. Future plans include improving support and inclusion for ...

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Just one week left to apply for secondary school

Key stage 2

Parents have just over one week left to apply for a secondary school in Staffordshire. Admission applications to secondary schools close on October 31, meaning parents still have time to make that all-important decision on which secondary school their child will attend in September 2019. Last year, 400 parents failed to apply before the deadline, putting them at a potential ...

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Partnership launched to boost digital innovation in communities and businesses

David Whitehouse InLIFE

A partnership which will explore and deliver digital innovation in Staffordshire to improve people’s lives and boost business productivity has been officially launched. Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire University will be working together to create a range of opportunities to support a thriving local economy, increase skills and improve health and wellbeing by making the most of the latest digital ...

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Nursery help for low-income families is just the ticket

Eligible parents of two-year-old children will be receiving their Golden Ticket soon offering their ‘prize’ of 15 hours funded childcare. Staffordshire’s Think 2 initiative means children from low-income families can claim 15 hours a week early education at a local childminder, pre-school, or nursery. The Golden Tickets are being posted next week to all those known to be eligible, but ...

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First brand new High School for over 25 years opens to pupils

Staffordshire’s first brand new high school for over 25 years has opened to pupils for the first time. The £30 million John Taylor Free School in Tatenhill, Burton, has opened its doors to 210 year 7 (11-year-old) pupils. The school has taken two years to build, and features a specially-built dance studio with a sprung floor, drama studio, outdoor changing ...

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Pupils rise to the challenge of new grading system

School exam - older children

Schools in Staffordshire are getting to grips with the new GCSE grading system, as hundreds of pupils across the county nervously await their results this week. Numerical grades have replaced the previous A*-G grades, giving schools more opportunity to get the very best out of their pupils. According to Ofqual the exams regulator, a grade 7 is today’s equivalent of ...

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Opening delayed as new school targeted by thieves

Children looking forward to starting the new school year in a brand new primary school have been left disappointed, after thieves stole copper pipes and caused extensive damage to the school’s heating and water systems. Thieves broke into the under-construction Henhurst Primary Academy a few weeks ago, stealing a substantial amount of specially-made copper piping and associated fittings from the ...

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Apprentices recognised at graduation ceremony

Over 130 apprentices from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent took centre stage for this year’s Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony. The apprentices and their families were joined by local employers and training providers to celebrate the completion of their training. Apprentices from engineering, education, retail and enterprise, business and management, health and care and IT were all recognised for their achievements. 20-year-old Matt ...

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