Category Archives : Terri Beer – Children and Young People


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 […]


Young people take their first steps to employment

A group of seven young people have celebrated being the first in the city to complete the Plymouth City Council Youth Traineeship. The nine week traineeship is delivered in partnership with the City Council, Plymouth Training and Consultancy and Focus Training. The programme includes five weeks at college, followed by a four week practical placement in […]


A-Level results 2016

As hundreds of students across Plymouth collect their A Level and other Post-16 results today it’s unclear what the results mean for Plymouth. With the ongoing complex changes to qualifications, and the way in which they are classified by the Department for Education, It is ever harder to compare results with previous years given. Early […]


Playday returns to Plymouth hoe

Hundreds of Plymouth’s children and young people are expected to head to the Hoe next week for this year’s Playday. This year’s Plymouth Playday takes place on Wednesday 3 August between 11am and 4pm. The day will include a games area incorporating under-five’s soft play, bouncy castles, story corners and crafts. There will be balloon […]


Summer swimming safety schemes get underway

It’s hoped more Plymouth children than ever before will be water confident this summer. The Council’s Second Chance to Swim scheme is back along with the ASA and RNLI’s Swim Safe water safety scheme. Second Chance to Swim ensures that any child who didn’t learn to swim during their primary school intensive swimming programme gets […]


Still spaces left for this year’s Summer Mix

It’s not too late to sign up for a range of different courses as part of this year’s exciting Summer Mix programme. Hundreds of young people from right across Plymouth have already signed up for loads of free, fun activities this summer from the hundreds of choices available. Summer Mix is organised and funded by […]


Do you know a child or young person who is living away from home?

Did you know that if you are caring for a child under 16 (or 18 if they have a disability) who is not your child, and you are not an immediate relative, this may be a private fostering arrangement? During Private Fostering Week we are encouraging anyone who knows about a child or young person […]


Plymouth’s Youth Parliament to take part in UK’s largest youth consultation

Plymouth’s Youth Parliament and Youth Cabinet are taking part in the annual Make Your Mark ballot, the largest consultation of young people in the country. In a ballot beginning 12 August and running till 7 October, young people across the country will be asked what issues matter most to them, in order to determine what […]


Sign up for a summer of free fun!

Young people in Plymouth can now sign up to fun, free and exciting activities this summer as part of the popular Summer Mix programme. From 1 to 26 August, Plymouth City Council’s Youth Services Team is offering young people in the city hundreds of fantastic, free activities to liven up their summer. Summer Mix is […]


Plymouth adopters and social worker recognised in queen’s birthday honours

A Plymouth based social worker and a couple of have adopted four children all with differing needs, have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours. Alison and Tom Gilligan have been awarded an MBE for Services to Children. The couple who adopted children with Plymouth City Council said it’s the best thing they have done […]