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Lifelong Learning and Skills Awards ceremony at Sheffield Town Hall

Lifelong learners celebrated at awards

This morning (Tuesday 18th June), Sheffield Town Hall celebrated the 2024 edition of the Lifelong Learning and Skills Awards.

The Children’s University Festival of Fun

The Children’s University Festival of Fun returning for an action-packed 10th edition

The Children’s University (CU) Festival of Fun is a programme of free taster activities for children and young people, running right across the summer holidays. It allows them to try something new and perhaps discover a new passion.

Sheffield City Council fostering service staff, one dressed as a teddy bear, and foster carers pose with a Foster Care Fortnight banner in front of a Sheffield City Council lgo

Foster Care Fortnight 2024 - foster carers celebrated in walk through city

Around 50 people took to the streets of Sheffield to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone that works tirelessly across the city as a foster carer to look after vulnerable youngsters.

Ed Sheeran poses with aspiring musicians at the Red Tape Studios

Ed Sheeran makes surprise visit to Sheffield’s Red Tape Studios

Global star Ed Sheeran surprised young, aspiring musicians at the iconic Red Tape Studios in Sheffield. The Shape of You star met with young people to speak about their experiences and their ambitions for their careers.

A smiling Mick Lewis enjoys a cup of tea on a sofa in a living room from a mug saying 'I Love Sheffield'

Foster Care Fortnight 2024 – we want to say thanks for everything our carers do

We would like to say a great big ‘thank you’ to all of our wonderful foster carers as Foster Care Fortnight 2024 swings into action.

A 20mph sign, children crossing sign and school sign adorn a signpost, with a tree in the background on a sunny day

Nearly 95% of pupils get place at first preference primary school for this September

Overall, 98.87% of pupils were allocated one of their three preferences.

Noreen, Community Team Manager at IDAS Sheffield, speaking to another person at a desk.

International Women's Day 2024 - IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services)

Noreen, Community Team Manager at IDAS Sheffield, spoke to us about the emotional and practical support they give to anyone impacted by domestic abuse.

Janet, Head of Operations at Sheffield Women’s Aid, sitting at an office desk and smiling.

International Women's Day 2024 - Sheffield Women's Aid

We spoke to Janet, Head of Operations at Sheffield Women’s Aid (SWA), about the support they provide to women and children who experience domestic abuse.

A group of people watching a presentation at a women’s networking event.

International Women's Day 2024 - The Employers Forum

One of Opportunity Sheffield's delivery partners, The Employers Forum, is currently working on a project designed to meet the employability needs of Pakistani Women living in Sheffield.

A group of five people sitting on the edge of a stage happily talking to each other.

International Women's Day 2024 - Irise

We spoke to Calum Smith, Interim CEO/ Head of Operations at Irise, a period equality organisation about how they support young people.

A view over the Sheffield skyline on a sunny day

More than 90% of Sheffield children allocated their first preference secondary school

Parents and families across Sheffield today learned which secondary school their children have been allocated as they proceed into Year 7.

A mother and child hold hands in front of green foliage

Community Parenting Strategy to ensure all children and young people in Council's care get best start in life

On Monday (26th February), the Council’s Education, Children and Families Policy Committee met at the Town Hall and approved the adoption of this strategy.

Family Hubs Sheffield

Support for families in crucial early years of a child’s life

Local services aim to support families in the early years of their child’s life.

Cllr Hunt

"Putting the spotlight on Sheffield talent": Monthly video message from Cllr Tom Hunt

Councillor Tom Hunt discusses the upcoming MOBOs and the fringe events taking place across Sheffield to celebrate.

Cllr Miskell meets children from Astrea Academy

Secondary school in Burngreave becomes first in Sheffield to introduce School Street

Astrea Academy Sheffield, in Burngreave, part of Astrea Academy Trust, had campaigned to improve road safety outside the school after a number of near misses at busy times.

Someone warming their hands with a mug

Additional cost of living support for Sheffield residents in need over winter

Sheffield City Council have confirmed they will be providing extra funding to support communities with the cost of living through the winter months.

It’s White Ribbon Day on Saturday and it’s everyone’s opportunity to sign a pledge against violence towards women and girls.  Sheffield City Council is showing its commitment to working towards achieving gender equality and ending violence against women and girls (VAWG).

Sign up to the White Ribbon promise to end violence against women and girls

It’s White Ribbon Day on Saturday and it’s everyone’s opportunity to sign a pledge against violence towards women and girls. Sheffield City Council is showing its commitment to working towards achieving gender equality and ending violence against women and girls (VAWG).

Fargate containers

Future community uses for containers to be decided

The future community use of eight containers is to be decided at the Strategy and Resources Committee on Monday, November 20th. Proposals from six community groups for the containers, which used to sit at the top of Fargate, are to be considered.

Officers and councillors stand on the bottom of the main staircase in Sheffield Town Hall with arms in the air celebrating the Ofsted result with four gold balloons held at the fron saying 'GOOD'

Sheffield’s Children in Care services ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating

Sheffield’s Children’s Services have been graded “Good” by Ofsted with Sheffield’s first ever ‘outstanding’ grading for the ‘experience and progress of children in care’.

Silverdale School’s new state-of-the-art building has officially opened this week providing 396 more mainstream and special educational needs places.

Silverdale Secondary School’s state-of-the-art new building opens

Silverdale School’s new state-of-the-art building has officially opened this week providing 396 more mainstream and special educational needs places.

Two adults and 3 young people on a windy beach

‘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.

red brick school building with white- framed windows, grass and black and white road bollards in the foreground

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.

Councillor Tom Hunt, wearing a blue suit and glasses, standing in the Town Hall smiling

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.

A GoogleMaps image of Abbey Lane Primary School

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.  

5 Students facing the camera with FPA balloons behind them

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."  

Five people stand in a line next to a pull up banner promoting Lifelong Learning

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.

4 A level students and one teacher stand outside the main entrance of Meadowhead School. Sign on wall says 'Meadowhead School Sixth Form Centre'

Today is A level results day

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

Group of people sat in a circle in a family hub centre having a discussion

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.

Group of students with their certificates and medal in the town hall with wooden panelling behind them and a red carpet

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.

7 children running in school playground with adult supervising them

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.

School table with papers and chairs, colourful baskets on the tables, no children in shot.

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.

Six people stand in a line in front of a banner for Lifelong Learning in Sheffield Town Hall.

Lifelong learners celebrated at awards ceremony

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