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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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Holy Trinity school expansion approved

A popular Burton primary school will be expanded to accommodate 70 more pupils following approval by the county council’s cabinet. Holy Trinity CE(C) Primary School will now be expanded to increase the school’s admissions number from 20 to 30.  This means the school will expand by 70 places in total. The decision follows a county council consultation with local people ...

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Cabinet to decide on Holy Trinity Expansion

A popular Burton primary school could be expanded to accommodate 70 more pupils. Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet will decide on whether to expand Holy Trinity CE(C) Primary School, and increase the school’s admissions number from 20 to 30.  This means the school will expand by 70 places in total. The discussion comes after the county council consulted local people on ...

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Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire announced as ‘Careers Hub’ to help transform careers education

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Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire is to become one of 20 ‘Careers Hubs’ around England to help transform careers education for young people. The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Careers Hub will be made up of 20 local schools and colleges working together with universities, training providers, employers and career professionals to improve careers education. Careers Hubs are a central part of the Government’s ...

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Apply now for 30 hours’ funded childcare

Children celebrating their third birthday this spring and summer should be signed up now for 30 hours’ funded childcare. Places are available from September 1 for children who celebrate their third birthday between April 1 and August 31 2018. But to claim the funding parents must register at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk . Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and ...

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Summer graduation to recognise county’s apprentices

With just over a month to go to the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony, apprentices and employers are being urged to book their place. Now in its fourth year, the graduation ceremony on the 18th July at the County Showground in Stafford will celebrate the achievements of the county’s higher and advanced apprentices. Apprentices completing their training will have the ...

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