Food for thought: Free school meals is a life lesson about choice

Blog by Cllr Barbara Murray, Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skill. Sadly, one of the defining images of this third lockdown has been a picture of a poorly packaged school meal. The lack of volume and variety in the so-called “hamper” has rightly led to a huge outcry and claims that children from poor […]

Top early years professionals to share best practice at virtual conference

A number of nationally and internationally recognised figures in the world of early years education will share their wisdom at a virtual summit this month (January) to help ensure children in St Helens Borough get off to the best possible start in life. Organised by St Helens Borough Council, the five-day long interactive conference has […]

Views sought on primary school expansion in Warrington

Warrington Borough Council and Grappenhall Heys Community Primary School are asking for residents’ views on proposed expansion plans for the school. Grappenhall is an area of population growth which means more school places will be needed. Grappenhall Heys Community Primary school (GHCPS) has been identified as being best placed to meet the needs of the area […]

Deadline this week to apply for September primary school places in Manchester

Parents and carers of children who are due to start school for the first time this Autumn are being urged to make sure they get their applications in for a school place before the fast-approaching deadline of 5 pm this Friday 15 January. Applications must be made for all children who require a reception class […]

Appeal to parents and carers to only request lockdown school place if it is crucial

Parents and carers in Liverpool are being written to by education and public health bosses urging them only to request a critical worker place for their child during lockdown if it is crucial. Director of Public Health Matthew Ashton and Director of Children and Young People Services Steve Reddy are asking parents to access remote […]

Free school meal provision extended for school pupils during national lockdown

St Helens Borough Council has extended its free school meal voucher provision to support school pupils during England’s third national lockdown. In an effort to control Covid-19 cases, Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announced that schools will be closed until at least the February half-term for most pupils, except vulnerable children and the children of […]

Schools in St Helens is to remain open for vulnerable and key worker children

Following the announcement last night by the Prime Minister of a new lockdown across England, parents and carers in St Helens Borough are being advised that schools will remain open for vulnerable and key worker children until further notice. Currently measures are being put in place to move learning at all primary and secondary schools, […]

Council statement around schools reopening following Christmas break

Manchester City Council’s executive member for Children and Schools, Cllr Garry Bridges’ statement about the reopening of schools in Tier 4. Cllr Bridges said:  Our starting point is that the best place for children is to be in school.  Throughout the pandemic our schools have responded brilliantly to that. They have continued to teach our […]

STATEMENT: Schools reopening in Liverpool

Parents in Liverpool are being advised that schools in the city scheduled to reopen this coming week will do so, unless they are contacted directly by their child’s school and told differently. In a joint statement, Cabinet member for education, Cllr Barbara Murray, and Director of Children and Young People Services Steve Reddy said: “We […]

Library worker brings festive cheer with her very own Christmas story

A Manchester Libraries worker has brought Christmas joy to children across Manchester with two of her son’s old teddy bears. Anne Sharp, who works at Longsight Library and Levenshulme Arcadia Library, had previously written a story about her son Owen’s two old teddy bears, Nutty and Wilson. Following the overwhelming reception of the first story, she has now […]