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‘There’s no magic formula’: New fostering film shows ‘Any of Us’ can be a foster carer

Sheffield City Council is inviting more people in Sheffield to consider becoming a foster carer. There are 647 children looked after in the city and 407 of them live with foster carers, either Sheffield City Council approved foster carers or independent foster carers. Some live with friends and family carers. But even though the council has 263 foster carers, it still isn’t enough for every child to have a family to call their own.

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Reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) update

Following the announcement from the Government's Department of Education on 31st August regarding the impact of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) in schools across the country, the council has provided a further update. There is one school with RAAC in Sheffield, which the council was already aware of before the government’s announcement.

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September’s video message from Cllr Tom Hunt

As autumn approaches, Leader of Sheffield City Council, Councillor Tom Hunt, talks about the beginning of the new school year and shares information about support available for young residents and families.

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Cllr Dawn Dale: Work to replace RAAC at Abbey Lane Primary School already underway

Following the announcement from the Government's Department of Education yesterday regarding the impact of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) in schools across the country, Cllr Dawn Dale, Chair of the Education, Children and Families Committee, has released an update on the situation in Sheffield.  

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Students celebrate on GCSE results day

We are very proud of our students and congratulate them on their GCSE results. Councillor Dawn Dale, Chair of the Children, Young People and Families Policy Committee, said:“ I’d like to congratulate all of you on the hard work that I know you’ve put in, especially through the difficult times of Covid, getting back into school and into a routine. I’d like to thank their parents and carers, teachers, school governors and support staff for playing such a vital role in helping them achieve their results."  

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Sheffield’s adult learning and high needs programmes ‘outstanding’ in Ofsted report

Sheffield City Council’s Lifelong Learning Service has been awarded an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted for the city’s adult learning programmes, provision for learners with high needs and behaviours and attitudes of staff.

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Today is A level results day

Students across the city have been receiving their A-Level results today and She ...

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Dame Andrea Leadsom visits trailblazing Sheffield Family Hubs supporting families in the community

Dame Andrea Leadsom, the Government’s Early Years Advisor, visited Family Hubs in Sheffield on Thursday, to see how we have developed the Family Hub & Start for life programme as a trailblazer across the city.

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Young residents recognised for their BiG Community Challenges

A celebration event was held in the Town Hall today to recognise and showcase the BiG Community Challenges taken on by students from schools across Sheffield.

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More help with childcare for families

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that Sheffield City Council will be one of 16 local authorities that will help to design a process to expand wraparound childcare for primary schools. Wraparound care includes breakfast clubs, after school clubs and other school services that can help care for children outside of normal school hours from 8am to 6pm.

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King Edward VII Ofsted inspection

King Edward VII School, Sheffield, was reinspected on Tuesday 23 May and Wednesday 24 May 2023 and provided irrefutable evidence that it is a good, successful School, in line with the OFSTED Education Inspection Framework.

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Lifelong learners celebrated at awards ceremony

Learners from across Sheffield have been recognised in an awards ceremony that celebrates lifelong learning and skills.

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Primary School Admissions 2023: over 95% of pupils secure first preference

School admission outcomes for primary school entry September 2022.

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200 new special school places announced for children and young people in South Yorkshire

A brand-new special school offering 200 places to children and young people with special educational needs has been approved.

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Sheffield families to benefit from £5m funding in rollout of Family Hubs

Sheffield is one of 14 trailblazer authorities set to receive a £5m share of Government funding as part of the roll out of new Family Hubs.

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Sheffield school takes home national active travel award

Phillimore Community Primary School in Darnall has been recognised as the ‘National Modeshift STARS Primary School of the Year’.

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Six more Sheffield Schools to benefit from £1bn redevelopment scheme

Six more schools in Sheffield are celebrating the news that they have been selected to be part of the Department for Education’s £1bn school rebuilding programme.

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More speed limits for safer neighbourhoods approved

The Transport, Regeneration and Climate Change Policy Committee have agreed another round of 20mph advisory speed limits across the city.

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Winter support for thousands of Sheffield’s children made available

Families with children that are eligible for benefit related free school meals will receive a free £30 voucher this week to help with the costs of food over the winter holidays.

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'Welcome Places' providing a warm welcome

‘Welcome Places’ are open across Sheffield and many of them, such as libraries, were already established places where people could spend time, have a chat, find out information or get support.

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Council Children’s Services are ‘doing the right thing’ for children in the city

Sheffield City Council’s Children’s Services have been commended for their commitment to ‘doing the right thing’ for children in the city, following a recent Ofsted visit.

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Committee progresses plans to make streets healthier, safer and more sustainable

At last week’s Transport, Regeneration and Climate Change Committee, members agreed a bumper crop of transport decisions...

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New state-of-the-art SEND academy for children opens in Sheffield

Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) will benefit from a welcome boost to the city’s SEND Placements in the opening of The Discovery Academy.

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32,000 children to receive food supplement vouchers this summer

Families with children that are eligible for benefit related free school meals will receive a free £50 voucher to help with the cost of food over the summer holidays.

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Sheffield School to benefit from £1bn redevelopment scheme

Together with Brunswick Primary School, we are celebrating the announcement that a bid to the Department for Education’s school rebuilding programme has been successful.

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£100m Gleadless Valley Masterplan given the go-ahead following consultation

The Gleadless Valley Masterplan, which will see improvements made to housing, green spaces and facilities as well as increased employment opportunities, has been given the go-ahead following consultation with residents.

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Sheffield's Youth Strategy given approval

A new Community Youth Services Strategy that aims to “offer safe, creative, ambitious Community Youth Services where all young people in Sheffield can thrive” has been approved this week as part of the council’s commitment to delivering on its one-year plan. The strategy outlines the council’s pledge to ‘support young people in Sheffield to develop and flourish’ and defines our strategic ambitions for Community Youth Services over the next three years.

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Special Educational Needs and Disability support in Sheffield is improving

They shared their feedback in a letter published today. 

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We have launched Sheffield's first ever School Attendance Charter

We have launched Sheffield’s first ever city-wide school attendance charter.

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More than 500 new secondary school places set to be created at ‘Outstanding’ schools in Sheffield

Sheffield City Council will commit £7.7million to begin the expansion of Silverdale and King Ecbert schools, creating more than 500 new secondary school places.

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Council sets out plans for tackling challenging budget

Following a public consultation, Sheffield City Council has set out the city's 2022/23 budget.

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Public consultation opens on challenging budget for 2022/23

The council is facing a challenging financial position this coming year following the enormous demands placed on services during the Covid pandemic and wants to hear the public's thoughts on the budget proposals.