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We provide education and learning opportunities for young and old people alike. That could be in one of the 400 schools we’re responsible for or giving you ways to access learning and training later in life.

Festival offers chance to celebrate Staffordshire’s history

Local history craft event

September sees the start of a major history festival across the county. Staffordshire’s Libraries, Arts, Archives and Heritage services will be taking part in a two month celebration of local and family history and the county’s cultural heritage. Local people can choose from over 90 events, activities, exhibitions and other opportunities to engage with Staffordshire’s history and heritage. County Councillor ...

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Tolkien journey expected at Penkridge Library

Penkridge Library Tolkien Collection

An exhibition celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings’ links with Staffordshire continues its year-long tour across the region. “J.R.R. Tolkien – Soldier and Myth Maker” organised by The Haywood Society, supported by Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries and Arts Service and the Museum of Cannock Chase, funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund, is to close at Codsall Library ...

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A – Levels: choosing the right Post-16 education is key to success

School exam - older children

Choosing the right Post-16 education is key to future success, Staffordshire County Council’s education chief has said today. As young people up and down the country receive their A-Level results, County Councillor Ben Adams has stressed the importance of young people being given the tools to make informed choices about their future. Congratulating every young person who has received their ...

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Lighten your luggage with Staffordshire Libraries’ e-loans

Staffordshire Libraries e-loans

Staffordshire County Council’s libraries service has the answer to lightening your holiday luggage. Whether going abroad or staying closer to home, Staffordshire Libraries’ large range of e-books, e-audio and e-magazines means no-one has to worry about cramming heavy books into their case or carry on. It’s easy to sign up for this FREE service and, using the new for 2016 ...

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Great War and more explored at Cannock Chase Military Weekend

Great War Hut - Cannock Chase

People will get the chance to experience centuries of war tales and activities at this year’s Cannock Chase Military History Weekend. The free event will take place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August at Marquis Drive Visitor Centre and is being organised by Staffordshire County Council. The event will include recreations of military life from the Anglo-Saxon period, right ...

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Guidance issued to parents on holidays in term time

Chalkboard

Staffordshire County Council has issued new guidance to schools and families on term time holidays, in light of a recent court ruling. As result of the judgement, the county council has put a temporary hold on fining parents who take their children out of school for 10 days or less. This is so a full-scale review of guidance can take ...

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Libraries can help ‘take the pulse of nature’ with the Big Butterfly Count

Big Butterfly Count image

Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries Service can help residents take part in a nationwide survey aimed at assessing the health of our environment. The annual Big Butterfly Count was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world’s biggest survey of butterflies. Over 52,000 people took part in 2015, counting over 580,000 individual butterflies and day-flying moths across the UK. It’s ...

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Libraries all set for ‘Big Friendly’ challenge

Summer Reading Challenge volunteer

Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries & Arts service is setting a ‘Big Friendly’ challenge for younger readers The Big Friendly Read is this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, and young people are invited to join their local libraries in celebrating 100 years of the world’s favourite storyteller, Roald Dahl. The annual Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to read at least six books ...

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Apprenticeship drive essential to maintain countywide employment successes

gourp cheer

A drive to create more apprenticeship and training opportunities is essential in maintaining Staffordshire’s low unemployment levels, the county’s learning and skills leader said today. With latest unemployment claimant figures released today showing a figure of just 0.9 per cent of Staffordshire’s population; Ben Adams said the focus must remain on increasing people’s skills so they could access better paid ...

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County’s apprentices take centre-stage at graduation ceremony

gourp cheer

Over 120 apprentices from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent took centre stage at this year’s Apprenticeship graduation ceremony. The apprentices and their families were joined by local employers and training providers at the County Showground in Stafford on Wednesday (13 July) to celebrate their achievements. Now in its second year, the graduation ceremony acknowledges the achievements of higher and advanced apprentices ...

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