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For Sheffield and with Sheffield – the council’s One Year Plan

An ambitious plan for Sheffield, that sets out clear priorities and actions for the year ahead has been agreed - putting Sheffield first, with people and communities at its heart.

Images from Sheffield Children's University Festival of Fun 2020

Sheffield Children’s University Festival of Fun

FREE activities throughout the summer for children, young people & families!

Illustrator Lydia Monks holding Sheffield Libraries Reading Challenge Flyer

Children to go wild for reading this Summer

The Sheffield Libraries Reading Challenge will be launching on Saturday 17th July!

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A statement from Councillor Jayne Dunn: Putting our children and young people first

The coronavirus pandemic has upended the lives of everyone in our city, and no more so than the lives of our children and young people. But we as a council, have stepped up to do the best by our children and make sure that in our covid-19 response we have put them first.

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Council calls on Government to address funding disparities for Early Years provision in Sheffield

Executive Member for Education, Children and Families, Councillor Jayne Dunn is calling on the Government to address funding disparities to Early Years provision in Sheffield. Coun ...

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Grant award success for Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens

Sheffield Botanical Gardens has been awarded a funding package from the National Lottery Heritage fund for a two year education programme, planned to start this autumn.

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Sheffield is Sweet Enough low sugar book

The Sheffield Family Guide to Smart Sugar Swaps is available now, with a buy one gift one campaign to help more families get their hands on the book.

The deadline to apply to the EUSS scheme is 30th June

EU settlement scheme deadline just 5 days away

EU citizens who need to apply for ‘settled status’ have just 5 days now to retain their right to live in the UK. Many people who have lived here for a long time think that they don’t need to apply for this status, but they must apply so that they can continue to live in the UK after June.

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Sheffield’s Race Equality Commission prepares for education hearing to begin

The second of six hearings held by Sheffield’s Race Equality Commission will take place this week on Tuesday 25 May and Thursday 27 May, 10am-4.30pm to examine evidence of racial inequalities within education and education settings in Sheffield.

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Free School Meals for thousands of children this May Spring Bank Holiday

We have announced that we will continue our commitment to support thousands of children and young people with free food vouchers during the May Spring Bank Holiday. Find out more...

Foster Sheffield's Future

#WhyWeCare – Foster Sheffield’s future in support of Foster Care Fortnight

We're celebrating the extraordinary work and dedication of local foster carers, while calling for more people to provide loving homes for Sheffield’s cared for children and young people in support of Foster Care Fortnight.

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Sheffield schools invited to take part in RLWC2021 competition

We want schools in Sheffield to us shout about why our city is the perfect place to visit, stay and host games during the Rugby League World Cup 2021. Get involved...

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Council commits £2m to new co-produced youth service strategy

As part of our commitment to Sheffield’s young people we have pledged to invest £2million into our youth services to ensure that all young people make a successful transition from their teenage years into confident, happy and successful young adults.

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Pedestrian crossing to be introduced on busy Sheffield road

Plans announced to improve pedestrian safety on Station Road, Halfway, near Halfway Nursery and Infants School.

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Council supports thousands of children with free school meals and holiday activities this Easter

We have announced that we will support thousands of children and young people with free food vouchers and healthy holiday activities during the Easter holidays.

Safer Sleep Week

Reaching out to dads in support of Lullaby Trust’s Safer Sleep Week

Today marks the start of National Safer Sleep Week (15-21 March), a campaign launched by The Lullaby Trust that aims to reach as many families as possible with life-saving safer sleep advice.

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Getting back to school and college safely from 8th March

Here at Sheffield City Council, we’re supporting schools as they prepare to welcome pupils back by putting systems in place to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and keep children, staff and their families safe.

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Council opens consultation on new proposals for library enhancements

We have launched a public consultation about improvements to libraries, after we announced last year that each community hub library would benefit from a £10,000 cash boost.  

Laptops for kids, closing the digital divide

Thousands of laptops provided to children across Sheffield

Sheffield City Council will provide thousands of additional laptops to support children who are currently having to home school, without the devices to do so.

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ICON programme launches to help parents cope with infant crying

Sheffield health and care partners have launched a programme to help parents cope with crying babies and reduce the risk of infant injury and death.

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Sheffield City Council recommends all primary and special schools to remain open

Sheffield City Council has written to all primary and special schools to advise them to reopen tomorrow (Monday 4 January 2021).

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New family homes ready in time for Christmas

Four new council homes are ready for families to move in over the next few days

Christmas illuminations in Sheffield Peace Gardens

Tis the season to twinkle and celebrate Christmas in Sheffield

As 2020 - the year that none of us could have predicted - draws to a close, we’re all in need of some festive cheer, and although we can’t celebrate Christmas in the usual style th ...

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Do you want to help shape the future of our schools, nurseries, colleges? Tell us your views

We are asking teachers, parents, governors and members of the public to help shape the priorities of Sheffield’s educati ...

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Free school meals this Christmas

Sheffield City Council will support thousands of children and young people with free school meals during the Christmas break.

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Silverdale school wins top award

Silverdale School in Sheffield has been named The Sunday Times North State Secondary School of the Decade by Parent Power, The Sunday Times Schools Guide, published in The Sunday Times and online on Sunday, November 29. 

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A message from the Laptops for Kids campaign

As the pandemic continues to disrupt schooling, thousands of young people are falling behind with their studies because they cannot access the internet at home. We need your help.

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Ideas wanted for new Sheffield low-sugar cook book

Submit your ideas for a new low sugar snacks and cook book made by Sheffield people for Sheffield people, to help families make healthier food choices with their diet.

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Over 1,500 young people signup to North Star Science School’s virtual event

This December, The North Star Science School, which is being live streamed from a studio at Gulliver’s Valley theme park in Rotherham, will celebrate all things science in South Yorkshire.

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Time to get your school applications in

We are urging families applying for their child’s school place to make sure they fill in their application forms

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Sheffield Music Hub recruits 30 more young musicians

Sheffield Music Hub recruits 30 more young musicians to the exciting Furthering Talent - Musical Stars programme.

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Poetry is good for the soul - Sheffield’s Children in Care Council launch a book of poems

Sheffield’s Children in Care Council launch a book of poems  

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39 new council apprentices set to learn a trade

To create more opportunities for local young people, 39 new apprentices have joined Sheffield City Council this week, bringing our total number of apprentices up to nearly 100.

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Local BBC Radio stations and McFly call to join The Big Bubble Singalong

Local BBC Radio stations and McFly call for Covid-safe bubbles to join in The Big Bubble Singalong for this year’s BBC Children in Need Appeal

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Update on Free School Meal Vouchers for families

The letter providing parents with details of how to access free school meal vouchers has been sent however, some families have experienced issues with redeeming their vouchers via the weblink supplied to them and we apologise for any distress this may have caused. If anyone is experiencing problems with accessing the Edenred website link please use the following link to redeem your e-code https://www.selectyourcompliment.co.uk/

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Free school meals during half term - an update

We have pledged to support thousands of children and young people with free scho ...

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Free school meals over half-term

Sheffield City Council has pledged to support thousands of children and young people with free school meals during the half-term week.

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Sheffield set to join South Yorkshire adoption agency

Sheffield City Council is set to come together with Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster councils to create a single regional adoption agency for South Yorkshire

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New online hub launches to help young people into work and training

Inspire_SY has launched on social media platforms to share training, job and support opportunities from over 50 businesses and partner organisations in Sheffield.

Business organisations join forces with Council to help small businesses, social enterprises and charities access £2bn job creation fund

Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, Sheffield Digital and the Sheffield Social Enterprise Network have joined up with Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Hallam University and other partners across the city to help smaller businesses, social enterprises and organisations get young people into work

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Mums-to-be urged to go alcohol free to prevent Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

As part of International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awareness day, Sheffield City Council is highlighting the effects of drinking alcohol whilst pregnant.

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Youth services set to move in October

Find out which services will transfer when we end our contract with Sheffield Futures.

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Getting back to school safely during Covid-19

Next week, children in Sheffield will be going back to school, many for the first time since March. Sheffield City Counc ...

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Hoax messages about Sheffield schools testing children for Coronavirus

Don't be taken in by hoax messages about schools testing children for Coronavirus.

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Advice for GCSE and A-Level students

Are you expecting your results? Make sure you check with your school how to coll ...

Keeping your baby safe in the summer heat

Keeping your baby safe in the summer heat

This year we have already seen the sunniest spring since records began, and 2020 ...

2000 young people to virtually graduate from Sheffield’s Children’s University

2000 young people to virtually graduate from Sheffield’s Children’s University

This summer over 2000 children and young people from 64 schools across the city ...

Sheffield is a city of young makers and creators with Bags of Creativity

Sheffield is a city of young makers and creators with Bags of Creativity

A new partnership, led by IVE, the Arts Council Bridge Organisation for Yorkshir ...

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Sheffield’s Children’s University launch Summer Festival of Fun

Sheffield’s Children’s University are offering over 70 free activities for child ...

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A message from Leader Julie Dore - Shukri Abdi

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council said:“Shukri Abdi was a ...

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Statement on wider opening of schools

A statement from Councillor Abtisam Mohamed, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills and Director of Public Health, Greg Fell.

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Half term virtual adventures during lockdown

Sheffield Children’s Services work to support many children who are often some of the most vulnerable in society. Find out more about who we're working with to keep children entertained this half term.

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Foster care in lockdown. Three foster carers share their stories

Lockdown has glued us together,” says Helen about her current family of her 20 year old son, a teenager who’s lived with ...

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Sheffield schools

Councillor Abtisam Mohamed, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at Sheffield City Council, said:“Sheffield City Coun ...

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Our social workers tell us how they are protecting young people

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet member for Children’s Services  writes: “Key workers have been the heroes of this cri ...

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Changes to funeral services in Sheffield

Following the latest Government update, which saw a slight ease of some restrictions, Sheffield City Council has today i ...

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Walking is complicated... our latest blog from foster carer, David Bocking

Walking is complicated. Sometimes there are sticks, and stones, and tree roots, and spiders. And once you’re off the carpet and in the real world, the ground you’re trying to cover ...

Relationship matters

New website supports families facing relationship difficulties

Disagreements and arguments are completely normal but if they are becoming a problem then help is at hand.  Relationship Matters is a new partnership between Sheffield City Council ...

‘Sheffield Learning Together’ booklet provides home learning activities to families across the city

5500 copies of a new home learning booklet for children, young people and famili ...

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Could you volunteer to help a young person in care?

Independent visitors is a Sheffield City Council scheme which aims to match volunteers who will build helpful and positi ...

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Sheffield’s Year of Reading launches January 2020

Sheffield’s Year of Reading launches across the city on 15th January 2020 and will be a 12-month, citywide celebration o ...

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Local Illustrator supports campaign to combat loneliness with free craft workshop

Independent Illustrator Josephine Dellow is taking over the Winter Gardens Pop U ...

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Flu-like illness & diarrhoea / vomiting information & guidance

Illnesses such as diarrhoea/vomiting (norovirus) and other flu-like illnesses ar ...

Botanical Gardens

Radio 4 Gardeners Question Time at Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Just outside the city centre Sheffield Botanical Gardens were opened in 1836 and ...

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There’s no place for domestic abuse. Full stop.

There’s no place for domestic abuse. Full stop. Preventing violence, abuse and h ...

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Make a difference with a Community Fund grant

Our Housing and Neighbourhood Service is calling on community groups that work w ...

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‘Let’s get Sheffield smokefree’ this World COPD Day

November 20 2019 marks World COPD Day, and ex-smoker and COPD sufferer, Geoff Bunting, 61 from Norwood, is calling for a ...

Welcome to Sheffield Futures

Charity Gives City's Youth Work a Revamp and Cash Boost

Sheffield Futures launches new approach to youth work ‘Youth Sheffield’YOUTH charity Sheffield Futures has revamped the ...

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Help shape future support for those with special educational needs in Sheffield

Families, schools and services are being asked to have their say on Sheffield’s new Inclusion Strategy.Sheffield City Co ...

Sheffield Childrens Book awards winners

‘Boy at the back of the class’ wins at 31st Sheffield Children’s Book Awards

This year’s Overall Winner Award at Sheffield’s Children’s Book Awards was announced at The Crucible Theatre on Friday i ...

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Children’s University expands into Rotherham schools as success for activity programme grows

Children’s University expands into Rotherham schools as success for activity programme grows   Over 45,000 children and ...

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Mascot makes moves to unite litter heroes

The Streets Ahead mascot, Phil the Bin, made the most of the half-term break by reminiscing about his busy start to this ...

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Sheffield School Environment and Recycling Taskforce launched

A new taskforce to look at how the education sector in Sheffield can improve its environmental impact has today been ann ...

Sheffield Hallam University

University awarded Government funding to help microbusinesses use tech to grow

Sheffield Hallam University's Business School has been awarded funding to support 50 microbusinesses to engage with tech ...

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Apprentices celebrate success with Streets Ahead

Sheffield youngsters are gaining hands on experience working for the city’s highways maintenance contract, developing in ...

Reality cheque challenge

Sheffield’s care leavers launch £24 budgeting challenge

How far would £24 a week get you?As part of National Care Leavers’ week (28th October-1st November), Sheffield Care Leav ...

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Hunting through the swishy swashy: a foster care tale

We’re going on a bear hunt! We’re going to catch a big one!” Foster toddler found the whole idea of bear hunting very ex ...

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Unicef recognises city's baby-friendly services with top award

Through joint working with NHS partners, Sheffield City Council has become the first standalone local authority in the c ...

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Adoptive parents celebrated for transforming young lives

Sheffield’s adoptive parents and their families are invited to a coffee and cake morning this weekend, to thank them for ...

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Off The Shelf 2019 is the final word in festivals

Have you booked your tickets for this year's Off The Shelf festival, celebrating the very best literature?We've been out ...

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"I couldn't recommend being an Independent Visitor enough."

Toni Harrison volunteers with Sheffield City Council as an Independent Visitor, as part of a scheme to build helpful and ...

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Could you volunteer with a child in care or care leaver?

The volunteers, known as independent visitors, build helpful and positive relationships with young people who are in car ...

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Busy weekend on Sheffield roads

Motorists are being advised to leave their cars at home on Saturday and Sunday if their journeys aren't essential in wha ...

Sheffield College

New technology academy to open at The Sheffield College

The Millgate Cyber Security Academy is launching at the College’s City campus, on Granville Road, this month.Students wi ...

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Lindsey talks about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy 

As part of International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awareness day, Sheffield City Council is highlighting t ...

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Ofsted says: "Children's services in Sheffield are good."

Sheffield City Council has been awarded an overall ‘good’ rating by Ofsted following a three-week inspection of its chil ...

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Students celebrate GCSE success

Thousands of students across the city are breathing a sigh of relief after receiving their GCSE results today.   Introdu ...

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£3 million for mental health ‘Promoting Independence Project’

People with mental health conditions in the city are to benefit from £3m funding which will focus on their rehabilitatio ...

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Celebrating mum and daughter's 80 years of fostering

Sheffield City Council was honoured to celebrate Anne who has been fostering wit ...

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Sheffield Youth Justice Service rated 'Good'

HM Inspectorate of Probation conducted a routine inspection of Sheffield Youth Justice Service (YJS), part of Sheffield ...

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Record number of visitors at National Video Game Museum

Since opening for the Summer holidays on 24th July, the NVM has welcomed nearly 2,500 visitors to play and learn about v ...

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Celebrating National Breastfeeding Week

Mums from across the city have sent in real life accounts of their breastfeeding journey, with some only just embarking ...

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Look out for our LGBT+ adopters at Sheffield Pride

Proudly volunteering at the stand will be Lee. Lee started his adoption journey just under three years ago, adopting two ...

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Training awards recognise city’s most inspirational learners

Sheffield City Council’s most inspiring learners were recognised at a prize-giving ceremony at Sheffield Town Hall last ...

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Children invited to join Space Chase at Sheffield libraries

Sheffield Libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this s ...

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Kids can take the plunge with new discounted swimming lessons

Learning to swim is an essential life skill and in Sheffield, SIV and Places Leisure are proud to follow Swim England’s ...

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Sheffield Safeguarding Week 8-12 July

‘Keeping safe in Sheffield’ is the theme of this year’s Sheffield Safeguarding A ...

Lets Ride festival

Route confirmed for traffic-free family cycling festival

Paralympic champion Jody Cundy joins fellow world beater and Sheffield City Regi ...

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Promoting good health in Sheffield

Sheffield is committed to reducing and eliminating health inequalities in the ci ...

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All the park runs, so many park runs

Nearly 30 city athletes took a (very) early morning summer tour of Sheffield as ...