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Gritting fleet faces cold snap

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Staffordshire gritters have been on the roads overnight in anticipation of snow followed by freezing temperatures. Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet support member for Highways, said: As Sunday night progressed it became clear that the snow was arriving from the north west earlier and heavier than forecast, particularly on higher ground, but the gritters were out overnight. Being Sunday ...

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Staffordshire families get life-changing support

Early years

Some of the most vulnerable families in Staffordshire are getting life-changing help in an effort to reduce the amount of children coming into care. A number of new initiatives by Staffordshire County Council have meant that more than 80% of the 524 children supported by Edge of Care and Intensive Family Support Services in 2016/17 were able to stay with ...

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Pupils to get a taste of life on the home front in new arts project

School children from across Staffordshire will get the chance to learn more about life on the home front during the Great War in a new interactive exhibition. The ‘Kitchen goes to war’ exhibition, set to tour schools and libraries this year, will explore why rationing was introduced during the First World War, how it worked and how families on the ...

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Keele University announces major new investment

Keele Management School

Keele University has announced plans to invest in a new multi-million pound state-of-the-art facility that houses both Keele Management School and incubated companies in a sector leading Smart Innovation Hub.  The new Management School has been funded by the University and the Denise Coates Foundation, after which the new building at the entrance to the University will be named. The ...

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Schools will continue to rise to the challenge of higher standards

School exam - older children

Schools in Staffordshire will continue to rise to the challenge of higher standards when it comes to GCSEs, the county’s education chief has said. The news comes as new GCSE result statistics are revealed by the Department for Education. Instead of being graded A*-G, pupils are now being graded 9-1 in English Language, English Literature and Maths, with a grade ...

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Skills drive essential to fulfil opportunities for better paid jobs

University of Wolverhampton Skills Deal

Staffordshire’s continued drive to increase skills so that people can take advantage of new job opportunities is essential, the county’s economic growth leader has said. Figures released today show that the number of people claiming unemployment benefits in Staffordshire remains at just one per cent of the local population, lower than regional (2.4 per cent) and national averages (1.9 per ...

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New Skills Deal to provide talent for Staffordshire’s future

Skills deal

A partnership which will aim to deliver essential skills for more than 100,000 Staffordshire jobs over the next decade has been launched. The University of Wolverhampton Staffordshire Skills Deal with the county council will support economic growth in Staffordshire by helping to provide the necessary skills for higher value jobs and responding to business need. The collaboration between the two ...

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Newcastle primary school set for expansion

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A primary school in Newcastle could be expanded to offer more places to children in the area. Baldwin’s Gate Primary School in Baldwin’s Gate, Newcastle, could be expanded by 35 places—5 places per year group—to 140 places, allowing it to cope with increased demand for places in the area. The measures are being put before Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet, after ...

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Cabinet to consider moving to new funding formula for schools

Schools in Staffordshire could move to the Government’s new National Funding Formula, after measures are considered by the county council’s Cabinet next week. With an extra £9.5million going to Staffordshire schools, the county council will decide whether to move to the Government’s new funding formula, which will determine how the money is distributed. This follows on from a Government announcement ...

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Deadline for primary applications looms

School boy

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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