What are you doing to support Co-operatives Fortnight?

Knowsley Council is supporting national Co-operatives Fortnight, which takes place from 17 June to 1 July 2017. So much more can be achieved by working together. That’s why the council, along with 22 other councils, has signed up to the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network – a collaboration between local authorities who are committed to finding … Read more

Phonics check risks distorting learning, says NAHT

This week children in year 1 will undertake the phonics check to assess their progress in reading. Commenting, Russell Hobby, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT says “we wish all pupils, teachers and school leaders involved in the phonics check well this week. “It is important that teachers assess young readers so they know … Read more

The search is on for St Helens’ most inspirational teacher

Could your teacher be named ‘Teacher of the Year’ 2017? Parents and pupils across St Helens are being asked to nominate their inspiring teachers to win a prestigious Teacher of the Year award. The Educate Awards is inviting parents, carers and pupils to nominate a teacher who is making a real difference to their school community. … Read more

Cancer patients in England spend 5 million days in hospital in the first year of diagnosis

Each patient spends 20 days on average in hospital during the first year of a cancer diagnosis New research from Macmillan Cancer Support and Public Health England’s National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS) finds that on average a person diagnosed with cancer will spend 20 days in hospital during the first year. Overall, cancer patients … Read more

Beacon Country Park Kite Festival 2017 cancelled

The Northern Kite Group which organises the annual Kite Festival at Beacon Country Park have decided to cancel this year’s event which was planned for 18 June 2017 due to unforeseen circumstances. The event will not be rescheduled this year, but there are plans to hold an event in 2018. Look out for further details … Read more

Stories from Ivy Street transforming palliative and end of life care

Health care professionals are completing studies about the best in palliative and end of life care thanks to a partnership between Queenscourt Hospice, Southport, and Edge Hill University in Ormskirk. The master’s level module, Transforming Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care, saw its first intake of students in March. Twenty-five students including nurses, doctors … Read more