Bring on the sunshine

Amazingly as I write this the sun is shining. I have to say I thought it was mid October earlier this week with the way the weather’s been.

This week as usual has been pretty eventful. As well as working through plans with the rest of the Senior Leadership Team on how the new organisation will shape up, my daughter Georgia got her GCSE results on Tuesday. After the horrible nervous anticipation, I’m pleased to say she did really well so we’ve been celebrating. I’ve also been impressed that provisional results for Staffordshire show that in 42 out of 56 schools show A* – C grades including English and Maths have risen 4.8%.

The team in Libraries also send me a report on this year’s ‘Young Teen Fiction Award’ which shows the campaign has gone from strength to strength with 52 schools taking part this year. I have some personal affiliation with the campaign as on 6 July, I was honoured to announce the overall winner for 2010 in true X factor style. Nominations are now been sought for 2011. Go here for more info.   

 There have been so many developments from the coalition government that it’s hard to keep up with them all. In health, there have been about eight reports in the past two weeks alone which have some major implications for us as a local authority and that’s just one area of our business. The policy team pull together a really useful update on the intranet – the coalition tracker – you can read it at: http://www.intra.staffordshire.gov.uk/ppp/policies/policybrief/

 I for one am looking forward to the bank holiday weekend and I hope the weather stays nice. On Monday I’ll be cycling from Stockport to Southport and back and on Tuesday, I’m road testing a new made to measure road bike (made by my husband Chris) with my name down the side in gold letters!! Very pimp my ride.

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