Category Archives : Terri Beer – Children and Young People


School sites set for investment

Three Plymouth primary schools are set to benefit from a series of improvement works. The biggest project will see a £2.8m expansion to Yealmpstone Farm Primary School. When works are complete, the Plympton-based school will be able to offer 420 places for local children; exactly double the 210 it can provide today. Meanwhile, Laira Green […]


Sign up for our free Summer Mix activity programme now

From archery to skateboarding via boxing, learning how to DJ and first aid, there really is something for everyone in this year’s Summer Mix programme. Plymouth City Council’s Community Connections Youth Team has organised and funded hundreds of free activities for young people in Plymouth to liven up the school summer holidays. You can sign […]


Plymouth supports Foster Care Fortnight 2017

Plymouth City Council’s Fostering team is on a mission to find people with time, energy, motivation and a spare bedroom who are able to care for some of Plymouth’s most vulnerable young people as part of this year’s Foster Care Fortnight campaign (8-21 May). Foster Care Fortnight is a national campaign which raises the profile […]


Plymouth children find out which primary school they will be going

Thousands of Plymouth primary children will find out today which school they will be going to in September. The latest figures show that 98.27 per cent of city children (2833) were allocated one of their three preferences this year. 92.2 per cent received their first choice of school. 5.31 per cent of children received their […]


Graduates wanted for a life-changing career in child and family social work

Plymouth City Council has teamed up with the Department of Education and other councils in the region including Devon, Cornwall and Torbay to offer a specialist social work training programme. Step up to social work is encouraging graduates to apply to a fast-track programme to become the next generation of child and family social workers. […]


Summer Mix 2016 going local – celebration event

Young people, youth workers and parents came together last week for a special celebration event as part of last year’s Summer Mix programme. The event highlighted the range of exciting activities that were on offer by showing a short film created by young people and Marjons. The 2016 Summer Mix programme, organised and funded by […]


More foster carers needed to help change a vulnerable child’s life

To keep up with the growing demand for more fostering placements in Plymouth, the City Council is increasing the level of support currently available to foster carers. From 1 April the Council will be offering a new fee structure which rewards carers who are able to provide homes for sibling groups or more than one […]


Parents across Devon and Cornwall asked to join the fight against Child Sexual Exploitation

Plymouth, Torbay, Cornwall and Devon Safeguarding Children Boards and Devon and Cornwall Police have teamed up to promote awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) to parents. To coincide with Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day on 18 March led by national charity National Working Group (NWG) all the Boards, working with Devon and Cornwall Police, local […]


Council supports LGBT Adoption and Fostering week

Plymouth City Council is aiming to raise the need for more people to come forward and offer a vulnerable a child a loving home as part of National LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week. There are currently more than 400 children and young people in care and the City Council is supporting the awareness week (Monday […]


Have you got what it takes to be the Mayflower 400 Plymouth young city laureate?

The hunt is on to find a young person who is passionate about poetry and writing to become Plymouth’s next Mayflower 400 young city Laureate.   This is the fifth year that the City Council have worked in partnership with South West arts agency, Literature Works to try and find aspiring new writers in the […]


Plymouth young people elect their youth parliament representatives

Plymouth’s young people turned out in force at the weekend to vote in the city’s UK Youth Parliament elections. A total of 6417 young people voted, which is a 24 per cent increase from last year and the highest ever number of voters in a Plymouth UK Youth Parliament election. Plymouth’s new Members of Youth Parliament […]


Charity Helpline launch to bolster support for Plymouth children and families

  Support services for children and families in Plymouth are set for a boost thanks to a new partnership between a national charity and local child safeguarding agencies. In an effort to provide parents and the wider community with the best possible early help, advice and signposting on child welfare concerns, the NSPCC Helpline is […]


Plymouth foster carers celebrated at special award ceremony

Foster carers from across Plymouth have been praised for their invaluable service to children and young people during a celebration for Foster Carers awards ceremony. Hosted at Devonport Guildhall, the event, celebrated the outstanding continued commitment and dedication of carers and the profound difference they make to young people’s lives. Most of the carers commended […]


Plymouth’s newly qualified social workers celebrated

The latest group of newly qualified children’s social workers have been presented with certificates of completion by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Pauline Murphy at a special ceremony. The certificates mark the successful completion of the social workers’ assessed and supported first year in practice. Newly Qualified Social Workers have made a significant contribution to safeguarding […]


Aspiring young Plymouth musicians come together to celebrate their ‘Musicality’

Young musicians from across Plymouth are uniting to share their talent for playing at the city’s annual youth music concert. Musicians from Plymouth Music Education Hub’s (PMEH) city-wide ensembles will take over Plymouth Pavilions on Saturday 4 February at both 2pm and 6.30pm. The Musicality concert is the highlight of the young musicians’ year and […]


Inspiring Brighter Futures survey launched for parents in Plymouth

The Council has just launched a city-wide survey for parents and carers. The Brighter Futures survey aims to improve the Council’s understanding of the needs of parents and carers when young people are making transitions between secondary school and further education, employment or training. Young people need extra support to take their first few steps […]


Five days left to apply for a primary school place in September

If your child is due to start at primary school for the first time in September 2017, or junior school for children who have completed Year 2, you only have five days left to get your applications in. The deadline for primary and junior school admission preferences is Sunday 15 January and the Council is […]


Christmas hand delivered to families in Plymouth

A total of 471 Christmas hampers have been delivered to Plymouth families who have worked closely with the Council’s Inclusion, Attendance and Welfare Service The Families that are selected are usually on low incomes and have been working with their child’s school and other agencies to improve their child’s school attendance. The hampers themselves are […]


2016 Key Stage 2 results

The 2016 Key Stage two tables published today (15 December) show that standards in most areas across Plymouth’s schools are broadly in line with the national picture. The results show that in reading, writing and maths combined, Plymouth’s pupils attained on average, at a level that is just above that for the country as a […]


Great SEND support services are available in Plymouth

A report highlighting Plymouth’s achievements in delivering services to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) has been published today, Wednesday 7 December. The recent joint Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection focused on Plymouth City Council, local NHS services and other partners success, in making the changes required by […]


Time’s running out for primary school admissions

Time is running out to tell the Council your preferred choice of primary or junior school for September 2017. If your child is due to start at primary school for the first time in September 2017, or junior school for children who have completed Year 2, you only have six weeks left to get your […]


Plymouth’s UKYP members debate in parliament

Three Plymouth UK Youth Parliament members joined 300 other young people between the ages of 11 to 18 in a debate in the House of Commons chamber on Friday 11 November. The annual event, which is chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons, The Right Honourable John Bercow MP, gives young people a […]


Is your child starting secondary school next year?

Parents whose children are due to start Year 7 at secondary school or Year 10 at a Key Stage 4 school in September 2017, have just four days left to express their preference of which three schools they would like their child to attend. The deadline for secondary school and Key Stage 4 schools admission […]


Action plan to tackle Child Poverty in Plymouth

A new three-year action plan has been agreed by Plymouth City Council to tackle child poverty in the city. The Plan for Child Poverty 2016 – 2019 will look at four priorities and will build on the work done since 2012 to tackle child poverty in the city. The focus of the Plan for Child […]


Celebrations for children and young people in care in Plymouth

For the past four years, Plymouth City Council and charity Young Devon have hosted the ‘You Can Do It Too’ awards for children and young people in care across the city. The awards are a special event celebrating all the hard work and achievements of children and young people in care over the last 12 […]


Young people urged to share their views at the first youth network conference

The Plymouth youth network are hosting their very first conference this month. They are asking young people between the ages of 14 and 19 to come along and give their views about the career opportunities available for young people in Plymouth. They want to find out what opportunities Plymouth needs to offer its young people in […]


More mental health support for young people in Plymouth schools

A new three year package of specialist mental health support for young people is now available in the majority of Plymouth secondary and special schools, after young people said it was needed. The package which includes, counselling, learning and training opportunities, Theraplay and specialist mental health workers who will be based at schools, was introduced […]


2017 school admission places now open

September 2017 may seem ages away but if your child is due to start school you need to start the application process now. From Monday 5 September the City Council is taking applications from families whose children: are due to start at primary school for the first time junior school (having completed Year 2 in […]