Stockport Council Wellbeing Festival

The Council’s Wellbeing Festival takes place from 11am to 2pm on Monday 23 October in the Town Hall Ballroom and celebrates the beginning of Great Britain Health and Wellbeing Week.

Council employees and members of the public are invited to the event which will include a wide range of stalls, information and activities to inspire people to improve their health and wellbeing.

Cllr Jon Twigge commented “I am passionate about wellbeing for everyone and I will be at the Festival. Wellbeing is really important especially given our busy modern lives and yet we are only really getting to grips with it as a society recently.

“Recent news that the head of Osted says we are not even giving our children a rounded education, that our prisons are in crisis and mental health provision is still not good enough are just some of the signs that point to a government that simply does not understand the importance of wellbeing in our society.”

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A government report suggests five simple ways to improve wellbeing:

 

Further Council Cuts to Affect More Services

With government austerity set to massively reduce council budgets once again next year Stockport is no exception and will have to make further cuts.

As part of budget planning the council is asking residents for their views on five sets of cuts in:

  • Cuts to apprenticeship events for young people
  • Closure of the Apprenticeship’s Store
  • Removal of free school transport for some families that receive Working Tax Credit
  • Changes to advice services provided by the council in libraries and Citizens Advice centres
  • Significant changes to Sure Start Children’s centres

Andrew Stunell visited local Sure Start Centre’s in 2013 when they were protected

You can let the council know your views on these cuts in a series of consultations that run until November 10th at https://www.stockport.gov.uk/showcase/have-your-say.

12% Budget Cut at Torkington Primary

Hazel Grove Schools face savage cuts under Tory plans to divert funds from areas like Greater Manchester to the leafy shires.

Torkington Primary is one of the worst to suffer in the area. £1 in every £8 will be slashed from its budget meaning a loss of $448 per pupil or the funding for 3 teachers.

Local LibDem Paul Ankers said, “This is a savage attack on local education. Our Tory MP is from Hazel Grove, but he either isn’t fighting our corner or doesn’t have much sway with Theresa May”

How Much Will School Budgets Be Slashed At Hazel Grove Primary?

Stockport schools are set to lose £15M by 2019 and Hazel Grove schools will suffer too.

Hazel Grove Primary is set to lose £140,825. This is £429 per pupil. It could mean the loss of four teachers.

Hazel Grove LibDem Paul Ankers said, “Tory plans to improve funding to rural schools is political, take money from the poor & give to the rich. This sort of thing needs to be fought.”

For more infomation, visit this site http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk

 

 

 

DigiFest a Huge Success

On Saturday more than 800 people poured into Central Library on and the Hat Works Museum – mostly families keen to try the free activities on offer at this special half-term event.

At Central Library, ‘The Glass Work’ digital art installation drew a crowd tweeting their photos which were magically turned into tunes and chimed out from the glass gongs.

Budding developers enjoyed free coding lessons and a variety of hands-on interactive activities. Future game designers learnt about Minecraft Coding with Stockport Coderdojo, Code-up Stockport and Manchester Coderdojo.

Visitors were also able to learn more about getting online, staying safe online and using their own devices with many bringing in their own computers, tablets and smartphones for help at the Digi Drop-in, where staff and talented students from Stockport schools and local businesses were available to help.

The focus at the Hat Works was on ‘Make stuff’ with Madlab and Manchester Girl Geeks running tech workshops for all ages, from creating art-making robots and DIY touch-screen gloves, to learning to solder, printing mini mascots on the 3D printer and designing game characters.

Councillor Jon Twigge, dropped in to see all the activities: “What a great show both from everyone who helped to organise the event and all the visitors. So many children were really absorbed in all of the activities. Some kids were busy writing code for Minecraft while others soldered badges with flashing LED lights! There was so much to do and barely a spare seat at any of the many activities. Stockport clearly has a lot of budding talent for the future.”

DigiFest was organised to celebrate the launch of the Council’s new website and online services and to encourage residents who aren’t using digital yet. It is one of a series of events and roadshows offering fun digital activities and learning opportunities across the Borough.

Full details of further events taking place can be found at www.stockport.gov.uk/digifeb

Stockport DigiFest – Loads of Digital Fun

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A month of free digital events for Stockport residents has started and continues with:

  • DigiFest – A family fun event on Saturday 18 February – the start of half-term.

DigiFest has an art-making robot, drop in programming – using mallets, 3D Minecraft, 3D Printer Demo, digital art, help with your own devices and Loads more !

Full details of all of the activities at: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/events/stockport-digifest

Please encourage your family and friends to join in.

Call For Stockport Council to Oppose Grammar Schools Expansion

Local LibDems are opposing the government’s proposed reintroduction of Grammar schools. They are working with their Labour opponents to send a strong message to Theresa May.
Local LibDem Paul Ankers said, “Recent figures have been released that show only 2.6% of current grammar school pupils are from poorer backgrounds. Grammar schools supposedly help the few, but they actually hurt everybody. A good school like Hazel Grove High would suffer.”

Full text:
This Council Meeting notes with great concern:

· That the current government is considering expanding grammar schools, including introducing new ones;

· That the government has confirmed that reforms are being considered which could allow Free Schools to introduce academic selection;

· That the government may first seek to expand grammar schools by the backdoor by exploiting loopholes in existing legislation; and

· That any proposal to reintroduce grammar schools would mark a return to the premature selection and division of young people according to a simplistic and one-off measure of academic ability.

This Council Meeting further notes:

· The strong performance of schools in Stockport with record A-Level and GCSE results during the 2015-16 academic year and Ofsted judging that 86.3% of pupils in our borough attend schools deemed good or better;

· That Stockport has no publicly funded grammar schools;

· That there is not a single mention of disability in the government’s consultation paper, that the Department for Education has failed to carry out an Equalities Impact Assessment and that inclusive education campaigners say expanding grammar schools will discriminate against disabled children, leading to more segregation in special schools;

· That the OECD’s Head of Education has said that grammar schools benefit wealthy families without raising overall educational attainment, with ‘a one-off test likely to favour social background over true academic potential’; and

· That the independent Education Policy Institute found no evidence that expanding the grammar school network would improve overall standards and warned that the government’s proposals could widen the attainment gap between rich and poor pupils.

This Council Meeting believes:

· That the best way to raise attainment, including for pupils with the best academic ability, is to provide a great education with a stretching curriculum for everyone;

· That allowing multi-year entry to grammar schools, for example at both ages 11 and 14, would still prevent many pupils from accessing the excellent education they have a right to;

· That young people have varied and complex aptitudes and abilities, and that they develop at different rates; and

· That grammar schools reinforce inequality and serve to boost the life chances of already high-achieving pupils whilst not improving overall levels of social mobility:

This Council Meeting resolves to oppose any development of grammar schools in Stockport.

This Council Meeting further resolves to ask the Chief Executive to write to the Secretary of State for Education, informing her that Stockport Council

· Opposes any expansion of grammar schools;

· Calls on the government to abandon selection by ability into different schools and any change to Free Schools to enable them select on the basis of academic ability; and

· Calls on the government to respect the spirit of existing legislation on grammar schools and not seek to create new grammar schools under the guise of expansion.

Moved by: Councillor Dean Fitzpatrick

Seconded by: Councillor Suzanne Wyatt

Children to be supported to Start Well in Greater Manchester

The Start Well vision will ensure every child grows up in a nurturing environment, with access to public service support helping youngsters to fulfil their potential as they move into primary and secondary education.

The primary objective of the plan is to increase the number of children in Greater Manchester who are ‘school ready’ by the age of five – a national measure of a child’s development.

Greater Manchester’s current school readiness figures are lower than the national average with the percentage of children achieving a Good Level of Development in 2015 at 62.4%, compared with 66% nationally. However, there are also significant differences across the 10 boroughs, with school readiness as low as 57.2% in some regions across Greater Manchester.

The Start Well strategy is available to read in full at http://www.gmhsc.org.uk/news/children-to-be-supported-to-start-well-in-gm/