Category Archives : Terri Beer – Children and Young People


Life Chances Fund to change lives in Plymouth

Up to 40 women in Plymouth are set to benefit after Plymouth City Council secured an in-principle grant of £540k from the Life Chances Fund. Over the next three years, the money will go towards the development of a new service in Plymouth, specifically for families experiencing a cycle of repeated care proceedings, to try […]


Get your secondary school applications in by the end of this month

  Parents whose children are due to start Year 7 at secondary school or Year 10 at Key Stage 4 in September 2018 have until the end of this month 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 […]


Young offenders make amends by getting creative

Young offenders with the Plymouth Youth Offending Team are being given a chance to make amends for their crimes by taking part in a special community reparation project. Reparation is a practical way to pay back the harm caused by young people who commit offences, either by directly repairing the harm caused or through constructive […]


Free childcare hours to be increased for working parents

Eligible working parents will be entitled to up to 30 hours a week free childcare from this month under a new Government initiative. All three and four year olds already get 15 hours of free childcare over 38 weeks of the year (or fewer hours over more weeks), and this is now being doubled and […]


2018 school admission places open from Monday 4 September

September 2018 may seem ages away but if your child is due to start school you need to start the application process now. From Monday 4 September Plymouth City Council is taking applications from families whose children are due to start at: primary school for the first time in September 2018 junior school (having completed […]


Building begins at Plymouth primary school

Work on Yealmpstone Farm Primary School is set to begin. When the £2.8 million 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. Contractors Ryearch Ltd will arrive at the school on Wednesday and will set up and prepare the […]


A-Level statement 2017

Students across Plymouth will be collecting A Level and other Post-16 results today and early indications look like a slight improvement on last year’s results. Plymouth’s schools, colleges and training provides offer a wide range of courses to students including; A Levels, technical courses and apprenticeships. Successful students will now find there are routes into […]


Working together to prevent tombstoning in Plymouth

Plymouth police and city council will be joining forces in a campaign aimed at preventing serious injury and death on the Hoe foreshore and other sites this summer. One man died from tombstoning in Plymouth in 2016 and many more have received serious injuries. Risks of tombstoning include: High risk of death or life-changing injuries […]


Council funding helps Ernesettle youth project shoot for stars

An Ernesettle youth project is shooting for the stars after a rocketing £20,000 funding boost from Plymouth City Council. SPACE Shot supports young people between the ages of 10 and 19 and is run by Plymouth charity Barefoot. SPACE Shot has now worked with a total of 293 individual young people from different backgrounds with […]


Don’t be bored this summer – still some places left on Summer Mix activity programme

There are still some places left on the Summer Mix activity programme so there is no excuse for being bored this summer. From experiencing a working farm for the day to jewellery making, football and archery, there really is something for everyone in this year’s Summer Mix programme. Plymouth City Council’s Community Connections Youth Team […]


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 […]