A busy week for parents with children back at school

It’s September again and this week sees children across the country heading back to school for the new term after the summer break. And for some parents and families, it could also see teenagers off to college, university or to do an apprenticeship and leaving home for the first time.

The county council is working hard to continuously improve results and give our children and young people the best schooling experience we can, and we will continue to work with our partners to support our schools to improve even further.

Our teachers and other school staff work exceptionally hard to help pupils achieve strong academic results. For this September start, 9 out of 10 parents in Staffordshire were also offered their first choice primary school, and we are continuing to create more school places to cope with the rise in pupil numbers. Over the last year we’ve created nearly 1,500 more school places in both primary and secondary schools in readiness for the new school year.

This week also saw the national roll out of 30 funded hours of childcare for three and four-year-olds available for working parents.  It’s great news for eligible families, it puts more money in their pockets by either saving on fees, or allowing a parent to go out to work, or it simply makes a massive improvement to their work-life balance.

And to start the new term, 15 more schools will benefit from our “20 is Plenty” scheme. These flashing signs help keep children safe on the way to and from school by encouraging motorists to slow down when near schools.

So, with our roads amongst the safest in the country and recent evidence suggesting that a brisk ten minute walk is good for our health, it’s a great opportunity, this term  to leave the car at home and walk to school with the children.

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