Securing the Best Start to Life
Early Years Foundation Stage Reforms
As of the 1st September 2021, childminders, nurseries, preschools and primary schools in England must follow the new early years foundation stage (EYFS) framework.
The implementation of the reforms may feel easier for some than others depending on various factors. There are a number of additional resources provided by the DfE to offer further support.
The key aims of the reforms are to:
- improve child outcomes at age 5, particularly in early language and literacy, especially for disadvantaged children; and
- reduce workload, such as unnecessary paperwork, so that practitioners can spend more time interacting with children in their care.
The key areas of change within the reforms are seen in:
- revised educational programmes and early learning goals, including a clear focus on early language development and more information on self-care and being healthy;
- changes to the EYFS profile assessment requirements at the end of reception year including removal of the ‘exceeding’ criteria and statutory local authority moderation; and
- a change in the safeguarding and welfare section of the EYFS, promoting children’s oral health and other small changes in that section, including to support prevention of choking in settings.
The role of Local Authorities:
- LAs retain a crucial role in supporting early years providers and schools through the provision of training and information. LAs are still under a duty to support children’s outcomes and secure or provide training to settings including on EYFS assessment and the completion of the profile to all providers who need it
- There has been a removal of statutory duty to externally moderate 25% of schools each year. However, we will continue to support effective assessment and moderation practice
- EYFSP data – LAs are still responsible for collection of the EYFSP data, quality assurance of the data and submitting this to DfE
- Supporting reforms implementation and strengthening practice. LAs have a key role to play in helping to reduce practitioner workload and putting professional judgments and understanding of child development at the heart of assessment
An online resource hub has been created to support nurseries and childminders with the reforms. Reception teachers and school leaders may also find some of the resources useful. https://help-for-early-years-providers.education.gov.uk/
The service ‘Help for early years providers’ has been developed with sector experts and has undergone extensive user testing to ensure it meets the needs of the workforce.
The service contains a range of videos and written materials covering all areas of learning along with overarching materials to support effective practice. Further resources will continue to be added to the service.
DfE, Ofsted and Foundation Years have worked together to publish a range of vodcasts aimed at different parts of the sector to support understanding and implementation of the revised EYFS:
Implementing the revised EYFS in primary schools
Understanding the revised EYFS - headteachers and senior leadership
Understanding the revised EYFS - PVIs and childminders
Understanding the revised Development Matters
Learn - Explore - Debate events: implementing the revised EYFS
New EYFS Sept 2021 Changes to safeguarding and welfare
There have been some minor changes to the safeguarding and welfare section, including a new requirement to promote the good oral health of children.
What this means in practice
This could include things like talking to children about the effects of eating too many sweet things, or the importance of brushing your teeth.
Adding this requirement does not mean that you must carry out supervised toothbrushing nor will you be required to assess children’s oral health.
However, you can decide how this requirement is met, for example, there are various schemes around the country that support supervised toothbrushing.
Community Dental Services have put together a range of fun things to do online about teeth and healthy eating. There are loads of downloadable activities for children from colouring pages, quizzes, word searches and useful links to lots of activities and information.
Supporting Inclusion for SEND and Vulnerable Groups
Virtual School for Children Looked After
At the Virtual School we continue to strive to close the gap in academic performance for Children Looked After while also providing advice for Children Previously Looked After and children with a social worker. If you are a setting with Warwickshire Children Looked After then your Designated Teacher will have received an email from their linked Education Adviser to outline the support and training that the Virtual School can offer this year.
We are delighted that the full day Designated Teacher training will be held face to face again allowing Designated Teachers to network, and benefit from a morning session delivered by the Education Advisers on-
- What makes a good PEP meeting?
- The impact of PP+, interventions and use of EEF
- The importance of high aspirations and longer term career goals
The afternoon session will be delivered by the Educational Psychology service and will be a focus on mental health in the context of the pandemic. This session will focus on the impact of the pandemic in terms of anxiety and coping strategies, especially for our most vulnerable children/young people and the staff who support them. The Zones of Regulation will be introduced as a framework to support emotional regulation.
Termly network meetings will continue – thank you to all those who shared their practice last year. Please let us know if you would like to share this year. Previous topics have included: use of SDQ, transitions, PP+, record keeping for SEMH and the voice of a foster carer.
We look forward to continuing to work in partnership to support Children Looked After.
A powerful video is launched to raise awareness of child exploitation in Warwickshire
Hundreds of children and young people in Warwickshire are exploited. Child exploitation is the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 and it takes many forms.
Warwickshire County Council has released a powerful advert to raise awareness of it happening across the county with the aim is to encourage young people, parents, carers, teachers, professionals and all other members of the community to learn how to spot the signs and most importantly how to report it or get support.
The video is part of the Something’s Not Right multiagency campaign which raises awareness of all forms of child exploitation in Warwickshire. The advert sees William, a teenage boy, receiving constant messages on his phone, skipping school and staying out late – just a few of the signs that someone is being exploited.
Child exploitation can manifest itself in different forms, including child abuse, sexual exploitation, county lines drug dealing, criminal exploitation, human trafficking and online grooming. It is a crime that can affect any child anywhere, anytime, regardless of their social or ethnic background or their gender.
The campaign website www.somethingsnotright.co.uk is packed full of information and resources, including the different types of exploitation, what signs to look for in a child or young person, what support is available and some powerful real-life stories from victims of exploitation. The website also places a strong emphasis on training and raising awareness in the community, offering targeted support to schools, health organisations and the night-time economy (e.g. taxi drivers and licensed premises such as hotels, pubs and clubs).
The Something’s Not Right campaign has previously appeared on billboards at Rugby train station, on buses across Warwickshire, on takeaway lids in various food outlets across the county and on numerous digital channels such as Snapchat, Instagram, Google, YouTube and digital radio. Over the summer alone the advertising achieved 1.8 million impressions (the number of times one of the adverts was seen by residents in Warwickshire) and nearly 10,000 website visits from parents and carers, young people, professionals and members of the community. The council and partners hope that this new campaign video will raise even more awareness amongst residents. The video is being promoted on Sky, targeted at Warwickshire households who have children aged 12-17 as well as on various digital channels.
We hope that this emotive video helps children and young people so that they know where to go to for help if they think they’re being exploited, as well as informing parents and carers so that they understand better what signs to look out for in their children.
The aim is that the video builds on the terrific momentum that we have already received from the Something’s Not Right campaign and it reminds residents that we all have a responsibility to protect children and young people and keep them safe so that they can reach their full potential.
Please use this as an opportunity to visit the website and learn about the different types exploitation and the warning signs.
Child exploitation is happening in Warwickshire, so if you see something that’s not right, report it.
Watch the campaign video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQ0Z2iLDyRA (please embed in article)
To learn more about child exploitation and the support available, visit www.somethingsnotright.co.uk.
If you would like to raise awareness of child exploitation in Warwickshire on social media, use #WarwickshireCE.
The Something’s Not Right campaign is a partnership with Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Police, Barnardo’s and the Police and Crime Commissioner to tackle child exploitation in Warwickshire.
Where to go for help and support
- For information on how to spot the signs of child exploitation, visit https://www.somethingsnotright.co.uk/spot-the-signs/
- For information and advice go to www.somethingsnotright.co.uk
- If you are worried about a child or young person, contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, on 01926 414144
- You can also make a report to Warwickshire Police via their website or by calling 101, or you can contact your local Children and Family Centre.
- Contact Crimestoppers confidentially and anonymously on 0800 555 111.
- Talk to trained counsellors on the 24-hour helplines run by ChildLine on 0800 11 11 and the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000
- If someone is in immediate danger, call the police on 999
Celebrating Warwickshire’s Family of Schools
Headteachers Induction Programme 2021 -2022
Final call for new headteachers to sign up for the Headteacher Induction Programme.
The programme is designed to support those new to headship and recently appointed headteachers who are new to Warwickshire by providing key updates and introducing them to colleagues within WCC who will be able to support them and their schools.
It runs over 6 sessions (4 full days and 2 half days), with a combination of face to face and virtual delivery. The cost of the programme is £545 which includes presentations, venue cost, lunch (on full day, face to face sessions) and refreshments (at face to face sessions). The first session is 22 September 2021.
The sessions will cover the following:
- Introduction to Warwickshire
- Managing the Organisation including (but not limited to) Finance, Legal, Managing the Media, Emergency Planning, HR and Payroll, Early Career Framework teachers, Health and Safety
- Ethical Leadership and Vulnerable Learners
- School Improvement
- Experiences of headteachers who have been in post for 1 - 2 years
- Feedback from Ofsted Inspections within Warwickshire
- Healthy Schools and Staff & Headteacher wellbeing.
To ensure that we are able to accommodate all applications, please ensure that places are booked by Wednesday 15 September 2021 by contacting Lynn Handford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New Admissions Code and Fair Access Protocol
As you will be aware, the DfE has published a new School Admissions Code, which came into force on 1 September 2021. There are some critical changes for your school to act upon, so please take some time to ensure that they are fully understood, shared and implemented as needed.
The key changes are:
- Improvements to, and additional detail for, the in-year admission process of vulnerable children, including the effectiveness of Fair Access Protocols (FAP) and changes in the FAP criteria.
- Children adopted from state care outside of England now have equal admissions priority as those children who were previously looked after within England.
- Clarification of which address to use for the admission of service or Crown servant children.
It is the responsibility of all schools to ensure they understand the full details of these and various other additional updates and clarifications. The full document is here.
The introduction of this new Admissions Code means that a new Warwickshire FAP will need to be developed. We’ve outlined the process for this below. In the meantime, we will work to the FAP adopted in 2019 (WCC FAP 2019), recognising that this means there will be a period when we have a crossover between the current FAP and the regulations outlined in the new Admissions Code.
Within this context, we’d like to draw your attention to the requirement within the new Admissions Code that schools in essence cannot refuse admission for any child unless they can evidence that they have “significant challenging behaviour”. This is defined in paragraph 3.10 of the new Code as: “[behaviour] where it would be unlikely to be responsive to the usual range of interventions to help prevent and address pupil misbehaviour or it is of such severity, frequency, or duration that it is beyond the normal range that schools can tolerate. We would expect this behaviour to significantly interfere with the pupil’s/other pupils’ education or jeopardise the right of staff and pupils to a safe and orderly environment”.
In practice, this means that parents or carers may exercise their right under the new Admissions Code to insist a school admit their child, even if they meet the criteria outlined in our existing FAP 2019. If a parent or carer does exercise this right, your school must admit the child in line with the current legislation.
Creating a new Fair Access Protocol for Warwickshire
The creation of a new FAP will be co-produced with school leaders and parents. A Development Group has been established to lead the work, with membership drawn from the representatives nominated by the Ethical Inclusion Partnership Steering Group on behalf of secondary and primary school headteachers. Their meetings are scheduled for:
- 14 September 2021
- 5 October 2021
- 9 November 2021
- 14 December 2021
During this period, please take every opportunity to engage with your network/consortia reps to ensure your views are heard.
The draft FAP 2022 will be finalised by 11 January 2022, after which it will be circulated to all Warwickshire schools for agreement. It is our intention that the new FAP will be adopted by April 2022, at which point the previous version will no longer be used.
If you have any questions about either the new Admissions Code, or the Fair Access Protocol, please email us at email@example.com
Educational Visits Update
Juniper Education are commissioned on behalf of Warwickshire County Council to provide advice, guidance and support to all our maintained schools undertaking education outside of the classroom activities. Ensuring that visit planning and execution is undertaken within the framework of legislation and accepted national best practice.
Current DfE guidance
Given the likely gap in COVID-19 related cancellation insurance, if you are considering booking a new visit, whether domestic or international, you are advised to ensure that any new bookings have adequate financial protection in place.
From the start of the new school term, you can go on international visits that have previously been deferred or postponed and organise new international visits for the future. (see full guidance)
Free EVOLVE training – Zoom webinars
Juniper Education are offering all maintained schools where WCC is the employer and subscribing schools a free one hour Zoom webinar to Visit Leaders. The session will provide an update on latest DfE advice and guidance and review the features on EVOLVE to help to upskill staff on content requirements for robust H&S / Safeguarding on Educational Visits.
Register in advance for this webinar:
22/09/2021 15:30 – 16:30: To Register go to: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dOxb9yRcRxiDSvTQDQ-_7g
30/09/2021 14:00 – 15:00 To register go to: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pllnU8ALTqS3Rk_zRqbb7Q
Alternatively, Juniper can deliver whole school Zoom EVOLVE training at a time and date to suit your school needs. There will be a fee for this of £185 per school – no maximum number - Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more details.
Training requirements for Educational Visits Co-ordinators and Visit Leaders
All EVC’s should be formally trained with update training every 3 years.
EVC’s should provide Visit Leaders with annual training (formal or informal).
Visit leader training can be in-house led by the EVC or by the Educational Visits Adviser (Juniper). Any CPD Visits Training should be logged on the staff ‘profile’ on your EVOLVE system (Access for all WCC Maintained and subscribed VA and non-maintained schools)
Juniper Education provide an M-learning Visit Leader Training module. For maintained schools where WCC is the employer and subscribing schools please visit https://junipereducation.org/educational-visits/ for more details and applicable charges.
For non-maintained and non-subscribing schools, the Educational Visits and Visit Emergency CPD m-learning training modules are also available to you. For more information and charges please contact: email@example.com
For general information on the Educational Visits Support Service for maintained schools where WCC is the employer and subscribing schools visit the Juniper website
For updated advice and guidance on School Visits go to your Juniper EVOLVE site. Current Advice and Guidance is constantly updated on the homepage.
All schools in Warwickshire also have access to OEAP National guidance
If you do not currently subscribe to this service, are a non-maintained school and are interested in how Juniper could support you to ensure you meet your statutory requirements please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or look at the Juniper Website for more details.
Teacher Pay 2021
Please see the LGA 'one stop webpage' for all the information you need to understand the proposed changes for Teachers Pay 2021. This month the National Employers Organisation for School Teachers (NEOST) will submit a response back to Government on the proposals that include a pay pause for qualified teachers pay and a £250 pay award for unqualified teachers earning less than £24,000 (FTE) for 2021. It is anticipated the final STPCD 2021 will be published in October.
For action by 30 September 2021: 16 to 19 tuition fund 2021 to 2022 form
Post 16 providers are reminded to submit the 16-19 tuition form submission by the deadline of 30th September.
The 16 to 19 tuition fund was first provided for the 2020 to 2021 academic year and is being extended beyond 2021 to 2022 for a further two years into the 2023 to 2024 academic year.
The fund provides additional funding for schools, colleges and other 16 to 19 providers to help with the disruption to learning caused by coronavirus (COVID-19).
It’s for small group tuition in English, maths and other subjects that have been disrupted, including vocational and/or academic learning.
The 16 to 19 tuition fund is ring-fenced funding for schools, colleges and all other 16 to 19 institutions who receive annual funding allocations from ESFA for the provision of 16 to 19 education.
Primary Consortia and Secondary Area Networks, September 2021
Please find attached the latest list of the Primary Consortia and Secondary Area Network groups with details of the current chair, schools in each group and the WCC Link Officer.
Please also find attached a paper outlining the role of the chair of the consortia and area networks for your information.
Restorative Practice Training Session
Restorative practice encourages those who work with children and families to focus their time on building quality relationships that inspire positive change. Focusing on relationships; encouraging fair process and offering high support and high challenge, we want to share this relational approach to working with families, colleagues and partners.
Primary School Sessions
Secondary School Sessions
Mon 20th Sep @ 3.30pm
Mon 27th Sep @3.30pm
Thurs 7th Oct @ 3.30pm
Tues 12th Oct @ 3.30pm
Wed 20th Oct @3.30pm
Wed 3rd Nov @ 3.30pm
Wed 10th Nov @3.30pm
Tues 16th Nov @ 3.30pm
Tues 23rd Nov @ 3.30pm
Thurs 2nd Dec @ 3.30pm
Mon 6th Dec @ 3.30pm
Tues 14th Dec @ 3.30pm
Wed 12th Jan @ 3.30pm
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To learn more or for a discussion about how Restorative Practice could benefit your whole team, school or organisation please contact us at: email@example.com
Previous feedback includes:
“I really want to put into practice the language of Restorative Practice rather than behaviour management. I want to model it and share it with other staff”
“The window of tolerance supported my understanding of how past experiences may influence individual responses. The use of affective statements will provide a framework for providing a more restorative approach to challenging”
“The impact of isolation on pupils”
“I have taken away the 3 steps of restorative conversation and how to deal with some behaviours presented in class. I have found the whole session informative and very interesting and come away with some thoughts about how I can integrate what I have learnt into my role as a teaching assistant.”
“The reduction of incidents, the understanding of the children on their feelings and how to talk about them”
“Check in and check outs are a great way to open up the relationship building opportunities”
“Interesting ways of changing the ethos of the school”.
Sign-up for conference on transitions in education: 7 October
A conference on the transitions that children and young people experience throughout their education is to be held on 7 October.
The event is being organised by Warwickshire County Council to look at best practice in the county and to engage with people working in educational settings to discuss the topic.
'Transitions can range from big milestones to smaller changes in setting or routine. We are considering all the transitions Children and Young people experience from birth to 25 such as moving from a childminder to primary school or moving from secondary school to college.
Good transitions contribute to feelings of safety and acceptance which, enables children and young people to feel ready, willing and able to make the most of new situations.
This conference will look at best practice in Warwickshire and bring together educational professionals and those that work alongside educational settings for the discussion an and opportunity to collaborate across the county.
Sign-up to the conference here: https://forms.office.com/r/fNHAHN7L1B
Warwickshire Prevent Newsletter
The local Prevent Partnership produces a Newsletter to outline local developments regarding Prevent. The current edition contains updates regarding
Educate Against Hate
Prevent Training Offers which are free and available to all school staff
Online Safety guide particularly suitable for parents and carers
National developments around extremism
If you have any queries on these or any other matters please contact Geoff Thomas on 01926 412432 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Maths Non-Specialist Programme – Improve your maths knowledge and pedagogy
This new, free programme for this academic year is designed to support non-specialist teachers teaching maths in a secondary school to develop specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics.
The programme focuses on the subject knowledge, pedagogy and classroom practice required to teach maths with skill and confidence - thus enabling teachers to better understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.
Please see this link to find out more.
RE Autumn Bulletin 2021
Please see the latest RE bulletin linked here.
Warwickshire Schools Library Service network meetings
Did you know that Warwickshire Schools Library Service run network meetings for Primary and Secondary schools?
This is a great opportunity for staff to gain support and share ideas and knowledge. We will also share useful links and resources and we have had guest speakers at some of our meetings! We are currently running these virtually and they are open to everyone. We are aiming to have a hybrid model with a mixture of virtual and face to face meetings. The meetings are particularly useful for librarians or teaching staff with responsibility for reading and/or the library. These meetings are hosted by Warwickshire Schools Library Service (WSLS) and all schools within our region and surrounding areas are welcome to attend.
Our next Virtual meetings are:
Secondary Network Meeting: Thursday 16th September 2021, 3pm-4pm
For more information or to sign-up for the Secondary Network Meeting, please email us at email@example.com
Primary Network Meeting: Tuesday 28th September 2021, 3.30pm-4.30pm.
The theme for this meeting will be:
'Planning for the Year Ahead: Reading Calendars and Embedding Reading for Pleasure across the Curriculum.'
The session will also give you the opportunity to ask questions, network and share ideas/experiences with other teachers and librarians. We will also share lots of useful links, book recommendations, resources, training and CPD opportunities.
Please more information and to sign-up for the Primary Network Meeting please click on the following LINK
For more information or to register for one of the meetings, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Warwickshire Music Service strikes the right chord
It’s great news for children and young people with a love of music as Warwickshire Music is now offering free music groups and ensembles for the county’s schoolchildren for the academic year.
As the service looks to return its presence in schools and Music Centres across the county to pre-pandemic levels, the waiving of fees comes as an added incentive for budding musicians across the county.
Starting from this term, there will be no charge for music groups and ensembles – collective music groups which allow the children to showcase their developing skills - for the academic year.
This means as pupils return for the new academic year, as we emerge from over 18 months of inactivity in group music making opportunities due to the impact of the pandemic, there is a wide range of bands, orchestras, choirs, guitar and steel pan groups to meet interests and the ability levels of all students across Warwickshire led by the Service’s world class team of Warwickshire Music teachers.
All area and county music groups and orchestras will begin again this term with further details of the ensembles available across the county and practice times and locations here. Or at https://www.warwickshiremusichub.org/join-a-group
Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for Children, Families and Education, Cllr Jeff Morgan, said; “What great news for our youngsters that there will be this free opportunity to showcase their talents, develop and make friends with their peers after such a long time.
“I’m pleased that so many of our young people, from all corners of Warwickshire, get involved in this. The benefits to confidence and learning cannot be overstated. Now that the cost has been waived for a year, I hope that ensures that many more budding musicians get the chance to showcase their skills, make new friends and enjoy the benefits of working together to create outstanding music.”
Here’s a bit of proof that Warwickshire’s schoolchildren didn’t lose their musical ears during lockdown, a virtual performance that shows how much our children value the transformative power of music. Listen and enjoy:
More information about the Warwickshire Music Service can be found online: https://www.warwickshiremusichub.org/
Forest School Level 3 Training in Warwickshire
Level 3 Forest School Leader Award Training will be available at the Revel Primary School, Monks Kirby - Starting this winter.
Forest School Level 3 Leader Award
Instead of the course running as a solid block it will be spread over 8 weeks with the participants attending every Monday during this time. This is following the feedback received from schools and participants.
If your school or any of your staff feel they could benefit from Forest Schools in your setting please get in touch.
The course dates are:
- Mon, 15 Nov '21
- Mon, 22 Nov '21
- Mon, 29 Nov '21
- Mon, 6 Dec '21
- Mon, 13 Dec '21
- Mon, 10 Jan '22
- Mon, 17 Jan '22
- Mon, 24 Jan '22
The Cost of the Level 3 Leadership award in Forest Schools £850 pp
To Book on to the course please follow this link.
Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Do you know a voluntary group that deserves recognition for the work it does? Why not consider nominating it for a national award?
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), is an annual award, acknowledging the outstanding work delivered by volunteers who benefit their local communities. It’s the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
The closing date for nominations is midnight on 15 September 2021. For more information on how to make a nomination visit:
Originally set-up in 2002 to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Golden Jubilee, the next successful QAVS nominees will be awarded in 2022, which is both Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and the 20th anniversary of the QAVS.
Warwickshire County Council and Warwickshire Lieutenancy have created a short video to support residents with information about QAVS, why the Award is important, and how to submit a nomination: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YzaOXmpB2Y
Kooth Eventbrite sessions
Please see this poster with information on how to sign-up for upcoming Eventbrite sessions.
- A session for professionals working with young people in the West Midlands, providing information
around the Kooth service and how to effectively signpost young people to Kooth
- A session for parents and carers living in the West Midlands, providing information around the Kooth
service and how parents/carers can support their young people to access Kooth
- A session for 18-25 year olds living in the West Midlands, providing information around how Kooth
can provide this age range with support around their mental wellbeing.
Heritage Education is running in person workshops again this Autumn
Heritage Education are pleased to welcome back schools to St John’s House, Warwick, this term for all your favourite workshops and a couple of new ones.
Come and enjoy their Victorian workshops at St John’s House. Experience a Victorian Schoolroom, work in their Victorian laundry, play with Victorian toys, try on Victorian costume or explore how rich and poor people lived in Victorian times. Workshops cost £3.50 per child per workshop and you can enjoy three workshops during your visit. Visit Victorians at St John's page to find out more information.
Or why not bring your pupils to experience their new Great Fire of Warwick workshop and re-imagined Anglo Saxons and Ancient Romans workshops, using immersive techniques to encourage creativity and enquiry led learning? Workshops cost £7 per child. Visit Key Stage 2 page to find out more information.
They are running all workshops at St John’s with new covid safety procedures, including making sure only one school is on site at a time and an increased cleaning schedule. Any workshops that used to be delivered at Priory House are now delivered at St John’s, taking advantage of the increased space and facilities available for extra safety.
They are also able to visit schools again to deliver their popular Stone Age to Iron Age, Ancient Egyptians and Toy and Games workshops. Workshops range from £6 per child (Toys and Games) to £8 per child (Stone Age to Iron Age; Ancient Egyptians).
Remember you can also visit Cross Hands Quarry and spend the day in the open air at our Rocks and Fossils workshop (£6 per child).
To find out more about any of these workshops or to make a booking please call 01926 412069 or email email@example.com.
Warwickshire County Council launches consultation on future bus services
Warwickshire residents are being asked to share their views to help shape an ambitious plan for the future of bus services in Warwickshire.
Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is working closely with bus operators to develop the Warwickshire Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) aimed at encouraging more people to travel by bus.
In March, the government published a National Bus Strategy which set out a framework for recovery from the pandemic and a vision for future bus service improvement across the country. It has earmarked £3 billion towards improving bus services throughout England.
The BSIP will set out Warwickshire's ambitions for bus service improvements and will be used by Government as the basis on which to award funding which, if successful, will benefit people living, working and travelling in Warwickshire.
WCC is engaging with groups and individuals across the county to get their views, including: residents; bus operators; public transport user groups; rail stakeholders; business groups; voluntary groups; hospitals and emergency services; Borough and District Councils; Parish and Town Councils; Warwickshire MPs; Highways England and neighbouring local authorities.
Councillor Wallace Redford, Cabinet Member for Transport and Planning said: “For many, buses are a lifeline to employment, education, medical appointments and leisure, and are essential to the economy. Working with our partners, we are committed to ensuring our bus services are the best they can be.
“We want to hear from as many residents as possible to help shape our BSIP and make sure that it reflects our communities right across the county. We're keen to hear from people who already use buses and from those who currently don’t. We also want to hear from public, private and voluntary organisations who have an interest in making our bus services work better.”
Have your say - how to take part
The closing date to complete the survey is Sunday 19th September 2021