Tag Archives : education


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, […]


Funding approved for first city school in secondary expansion plans

A £2.5 million funding package has been approved by the Leader of Plymouth City Council to expand Plymstock School. This is the first school in the city to be awarded funding under the Secondary Basic Need programme which will provide additional pupil places to meet the needs of the city’s growth. The need for additional […]


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 […]


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 […]


Cabinet Member for Education reacts to cuts in school improvement fund

Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Councillor Jon Taylor has reacted angrily to the news that the government has closed a flagship school improvement programme, without spending £84 million of the money it initially allocated to the fund. He said: “I’m extremely concerned that the School Improvement Fund is being stopped so suddenly when […]


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 […]


Major improvements completed at Pennycross Primary School

Staff and pupils at Pennycross Primary School celebrated the official opening of their newly expanded school building on Thursday. Almost three million pounds worth of improvements have been carried out at the school which included a brand new two-storey extension with eight classrooms (four to each floor), stores, toilets, group rooms and a new hard […]

Councillor Tudor Evans in the new sensory garden with (l-r) Tia Harris, Makayla Cross and Summer Owen

Find your future career with Skills South West 2018

Event: Skills South West 2018 Venue: Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth Date: Wednesday 14 March 2018 Time: 9:30pm – 3pm and 4pm – 6.30pm Date: Thursday 15 March 2018 Time: 9.30am – 1pm. Are you aged 14 – 19 and thinking about your career, or a parent, carer or teacher of someone in that age group? Why […]


2017 GCSE and post 16 results statement

The finalised GCSE and A-Level results for Plymouth show a mixed picture. The city’s A-level results are broadly in-line with national figures, with students receiving average grades of C+ for their best three courses. GCSE results are showing performance of Plymouth schools is below other parts of the country. In English and mathematics a total […]


Tim Peake’s spacecraft to touchdown in Plymouth?

Plymouth could be getting a slice of space history – Tim Peake’s Soyuz descent module. The city bid to be part of the UK tour of Tim Peake’s Soyuz descent module and has today learned Plymouth has been shortlisted to host the spacecraft and parachute. On 18 June 2016, Tim Peake returned to Earth after […]


Aiming high: Plymouth’s plan for the Class of 2020

Plymouth’s children and young people look set to benefit from an exciting new plan for education. Schools, academies and nurseries are being asked to join a partnership with the Council as part of a bold move to drive up improvements through more collaboration and support across education in the city. The Plan for Education is […]


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 […]


Students go behind the scenes at Babcock

One of Plymouth’s biggest employers has opened its doors to a group of 20 young people as part of the Skills Aid Plymouth (SAP) scheme. The students were given the chance to learn about marine engineering through a series of team challenges. It’s hoped the students will have gained a better understanding of science, technology, […]

Skills Aid Plymouth event at Babcock

Plymouth leader sets tone with new Government Ministers

Plymouth City Council’s leader has wasted no time in working to establish a relationship with the new Government Ministers following the recent cabinet reshuffle. Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of the Council, has written to all the Under-secretaries, Ministers, and Secretaries of State, congratulating them on their appointment and making them aware of the priorities for […]