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Get connected to fibre broadband in 2019

More Staffordshire residents are being urged to get connected to recent fibre broadband connection in 2019 and improve access to a broad range of services and opportunities. Faster broadband connection for things like on-demand video, online gaming and smart home apps is more important than ever. In the new year people may also be thinking of upgrading to faster broadband. ...

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Unique collection of photos paints picture of Staffordshire’s role in WWI

Two people holding old photographs

People interested in Staffordshire’s role during the First World War can now view a unique collection of photos and images brought together online for the first time. The Jake Whitehouse Collection at http://www.jakewhitehouse.org.uk features over 1,600 postcards, photographs and objects relating to the county’s role in the war. The training camps on Cannock Chase and the stories of the thousands of ...

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Partners reveal new vision for borough’s growth

A new vision for future cultural and economic development in Newcastle-under-Lyme has been unveiled. The ‘Vision for Growth’ is a joint initiative between Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council that aims to reflect the continued and enhanced commitment of the two councils to working together in order to deliver on a number of objectives for the area over the ...

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Home education system under discussion

Schools should be challenged by Ofsted if too many pupils are leaving the classroom to be home educated to avoid sanctions, says Staffordshire’s education leader. An enquiry found a noticeable increase in the number of parents choosing home education for their child to avoid the risk of prosecution for persistent absenteeism, with anecdotal evidence that some schools were encouraging parents ...

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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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