Primary school pupils take to the streets to spread the message that “20 is plenty”

Primary school pupils in the Sutton area of St Helens joined forces by taking to the streets as part of a road safety campaign. Coordinated by local community group Sutton Smile and supported by St Helens Council’s Road Safety Team and Merseyside Police, the ‘20 is Plenty Walk’ gave children the opportunity to learn about … 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

Pupils’ safety at risk as further schools cuts loom, says UNISON

School administrators, business managers and finance workers are regularly administering first aid, handing out medicines to pupils and conducting criminal record checks because of cuts in the number of school support staff, according to a survey published today (Friday) by UNISON. The findings suggest that any further reduction in their numbers – as proposed by … Read more

Pupils pen poems to reduce mental health stigma

Pupils at St Helens Council’s Tuition Service have been working with a local poet ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May), to create poems centred around raising awareness of the mental and emotional health challenges that young people in St Helens can experience. Published poet, Lynn Gerrard, visited Tuition Service in College Street which … Read more

Most primary pupils get the school place they want

Nearly 98% of primary school starters are getting a place at one of their preferred schools this September. Figures for primary school admissions show that 89% will get their first preference and 8.5% will go to schools which were their second or third preference. Just over 2% of children have been allocated places at other … Read more