Category Archives : Jon Taylor


Yealmpstone Farm Primary School expansion completed

A major school expansion project totalling £2.8 million has just been completed at Yealmpstone Farm Primary School. The City Council identified Yealmpstone as an ideal candidate to receive government basic need funding in order for it to grow and provide much needed additional places to cope with an increase in demand. The expansion works mean […]


The three things we need to help our schools

Plymouth’s Cabinet Member for Education has welcomed news that the city has been shortlisted to receive funding for a new special school – but called for three more key things to help the city’s school children get a better start. Councillor Jon Taylor, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Transformation said: “This is good news […]


Early Years SENCO training pilot scheme

Our education staff are part of a pioneering scheme to improve support for two, three and four-year-olds with special educational needs and disabilities across the city. Plymouth was selected by the Department for Education to be part of a pilot to deliver brand new training for early years’ special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs). The training, […]


Celebrating apprenticeships at Plymouth City Council

Apprentices at Plymouth City Council are showcasing what they do as part of National Apprenticeship Week. Throughout the week, the council will be showcasing videos of their apprentices made by apprentices in the communications team, ranging from digital marketing and social media, to farm and land management. You will get to learn first-hand from apprentices […]


Enhanced policy to support school standards in Plymouth

A range of changes to how the City Council works with schools and partners to help achieve better educational outcomes for all Plymouth’s children, is set to be approved by Cabinet next week The City Council has a statutory duty to work to achieve better outcomes for all Plymouth’s children and within that duty is assigned the role […]


Campaign for city’s children is working

A campaign for more funding for children with special education needs has been partially successful, with an extra £350 million promised over the next two years. Councillor Jon Taylor, Cabinet member for Education, Skills and Transformation today gave a cautious welcome to this week’s announcement from Nadhim Zahawi MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children […]


Your views on school admission arrangements

Parents are being asked to have their say about the school admissions process in Plymouth. The Council is working with schools to encourage parents for their views on the proposed school admission arrangements for the start of the 2020 academic year. While 2020 seems a long way off, schools are already making sure that applying […]


Plymouth leading the way in young carer support

Plymouth is leading the way in providing support for young carers with almost every city school now having a designated ‘carers champion’. The champions are taking steps to ensure all young carers are identified and receive appropriate support and it is proving so successful, other local authorities are getting in touch for advice on how […]


Pledge to continue support for Operation Encompass

Plymouth City Council has pledged to continue supporting a scheme which was set up locally to support children witnessing or experiencing domestic abuse. Operation Encompass is already running across 33 police forces but has recently secured Home Office funding of £163,000 to enable the scheme to be introduced across all 43 police force areas in […]


School standards in Plymouth to be discussed at Scrutiny

The performance standards of Plymouth’s schools are going to be discussed at the Education and Children’s Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Wednesday 19 September. Although the Council’s initial analysis of the results for 2018 reveal slight improvement when compared to 2017, Plymouth’s performance is still below the national average. Councillor Jon Taylor, the […]


Students in Plymouth receive A Level and Post-16 results

Students across Plymouth will be collecting their A Level and other Post-16 results today. The receiving of results marks the culmination of up to two years hard work for many young people and for some, marks the end of their formal education. Early indications show that the city’s Council maintained schools have shown improvement from […]


Have you got what it takes to be crowned Plymouth Young City Laureate?

The hunt is on to find the next budding wordsmith who’s passionate about poetry and writing to become the Mayflower 400 Plymouth Young City Laureate. The competition is organised by Plymouth City Council in partnership with the South West literature development agency Literature Works, who are trying to find aspiring new writers in the city […]


Council pledges to keep pressing for funding

Families whose children attended the Studio School should not be out of pocket as they join new schools – that’s the view of the Council’s Cabinet member for Education, Jon Taylor who has promised to keep pressing the Department for Education for funding. Cabinet member for Education, Skills and Transformation, Councillor Jon Taylor said the […]


New chapter for Central Library

Youngsters from the Cathedral School of St Mary were given a special sneak peek at Plymouth’s new Central Library today, ahead of its opening next week. The new library, which opens its doors to the public at 8.30am on Tuesday 29 March, provides a more modern and flexible space in the heart of the city […]

One of the children from Cathedral School of St Mary getting a special sneak peek at the new Central Library

Plympton Library in line for major award

Plympton Library has been shortlisted for one of the country’s major publishing gongs, the British Book Industry Awards. The commitment and enthusiasm of the library’s staff has been recognised in the award that celebrates the greatness of the British book trade and the people behind it. They have been going the extra mile to put […]


New home, new opening hours for Central Library

Plymouth’s Central Library will have new opening hours when it arrives in its new home at the end of the month. The library is moving from Drake Circus to Armada Way, to make way for the £32 million History Centre and provide a more modern and accessible facility. The current library will close at 8pm […]


Kindles are just the ticket for National Libraries Day competition winners

Two lucky Plymouth residents have won Kindle Fires following this year’s National Libraries Day celebrations. Sara Edwards from Devonport was presented with her prize after finding a golden ticket hidden in one of the many free books distributed across the city by library staff. Another Kindle Fire was won by Christine Browning from Plympton, who […]


Plymouth celebrates National Libraries Day

It’s National Libraries Day on Saturday 6 February and we’re celebrating with a programme of free events to show off what’s on offer at your local library. Gadget help, computer coding, family history and rhymetimes are just some of the activities taking place in libraries across the city. North Prospect Library is hosting its first teddy […]


First look inside Plymouth’s new Central Library

The design company working on the fit-out of Plymouth’s new Central Library have released images showing what the interior will look like. thedesignconcept have been working with us and Claremont Interiors, who are refurbishing the building, to create a more modern and flexible space in the heart of the city centre. Located on the corner […]


Starter Homes given the greenlight in Plymouth

Plans to demolish a derelict eyesore building to make way for new housing have moved a step closer. The former Whitleigh Community Centre, which has been disused for the past seven years and subject to vandalism, will be knocked down to prepare the groundwork for 27 new starter homes. An Executive Decision was signed by […]


Love life at your library this January

Do you want to find out how you can improve your health and wellbeing? Plymouth City Council’s libraries are holding a month-long programme of free health and wellbeing activities to help you feel healthier and happier and make a great start to 2016. The events are being held in partnership with Livewell South West. The […]


Children from the Code Club

Libraries get children coding

Our libraries service has been helping to create the next generation of computer programmers. The Code Club meets weekly in the Central Library and members, aged nine to 11, have been learning how to program by making computer games and animations using Scratch, a basic visual programming language. The children were presented with certificates at […]


Design company appointed for new Central Library

We’ve appointed the interior design company that will fit out the city’s new Central Library. thedesignconcept has extensive experience in designing libraries in the UK and in Europe, with Greenwich Public Library, St Patrick’s College Library in Dublin and the library at Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark among its recent projects. Awarding the contract is the latest […]


Refurbishment work starts at new Central Library

Work to create a new Central Library in the heart of Plymouth’s city centre is now under way. Vacant retail and bank units on the corner of Armada Way and Mayflower Street are being converted to create a more modern, flexible and welcoming library that will replace the one in Drake Circus. As well as […]