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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.

Deadline for primary applications looms

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Time is running out for parents to get their primary school applications in before the 15 January 2018 deadline. Last year, the county council offered nine out of 10 parents their first choice primary school, despite rises in pupil numbers putting pressure on school places.  A total of 98 per cent were allocated one of their top three preferred schools. ...

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Big freeze continues in Staffordshire

Gritter

The big freeze is set to continue in Staffordshire as road users are urged to keep taking care. Met Office forecasters say temperatures may get above freezing briefly during the daytime, before returning below zero after dark. Staffordshire County Council’s fleet of more than 40 gritters are heading out again tonight following earlier gritting, but the extremely low temperatures are ...

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Care needed despite overnight gritting

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Prolonged sub-zero temperatures means everyone should take care outdoors today. Gritters have been out across the county overnight, following another day’s gritting yesterday. Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support member for Highways and Transport, said: The temperature was well below freezing in parts of the county overnight and conditions will be extremely difficult today, even on gritted roads. With ...

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Gritting work continues in face of sub-zero conditions

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Staffordshire gritters will continue patrolling the county’s road network day and night as the cold snap remains in force. Having worked round the clock since Friday, Staffordshire’s fleet of more than 40 gritters is on the road again today in preparation for the anticipated fall in temperature overnight. Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support member for Highways and Transport, ...

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Major gritting operation continues in Staffordshire as hundreds of schools close

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Gritters have been working non-stop for the third night running as hundreds of schools across the county shut due to snow and ice. Staffordshire County Council’s fleet of more than 40 gritters was on the roads again, having worked round the clock since Friday. Weather forecasts had suggested the snow clouds would clear during Sunday night and the early hours ...

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Check whether school is open on Monday

Staffordshire parents can check if their child’s school is closed on Monday due to the weather. Go to the county council’s website www.staffordshire.gov.uk and searching for ‘school closure list’, or by clicking www.staffordshire.gov.uk/schoolclosure and following the instructions. Philip White, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support member for Learning and Employability, said: It’s down to each head teacher to decide whether to ...

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Service will meet the needs of modern-day families

A new service tailored to meet the needs for modern-day families in Staffordshire has taken an important step forward. Staffordshire’s new Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing programme, for those aged 0-19, will see the current school nursing and children’s centre services brought together with health visiting. The service will offer the right balance of self-support, support from professionals ...

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Sign up now for funded childcare places

Children celebrating their third birthday this autumn should be signed up now for 30 hours’ funded childcare. Families of almost 4,000 children in Staffordshire took up the offer of 30 hours’ funded childcare for three and four-year-olds when the scheme launched nationally in September. Now, more childcare places are available from January 1 for children who celebrate their third birthday between ...

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New £30million high school reaches major milestone

John Taylor Free School

Staffordshire County Council’s first new high school for over 25 years has reached a major construction milestone. The roof of the 1550 place secondary school has been put into place, making the building water-tight for the first time. Officers from Staffordshire County Council, Seddon Construction, Entrust, sponsors John Taylor Multi Academy Trust (JTMAT) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency ...

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Staffordshire childcare success seen at first hand

Staffordshire’s work in helping parents get 30 hours a week supported childcare has been seen at first hand by the Government’s top official. Michelle Dyson, Director of Early Years and Childcare at the Department for Education, met county councillors and officers, before talking to business representatives and visiting nurseries in Staffordshire. Staffordshire County Council was one of eight authorities which ...

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