SW school pupils urged to join NSPCC virtual assembly with guest hosts Ant & Dec and David Walliams

Authored by Mary

The NSPCC is moving its schools’ assembly series ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe’ online, to continue its vital work helping children to stay safe from abuse and neglect.

The special broadcast on Friday morning will be hosted by Ant & Dec, with a helping hand from David Walliams, and deals with some of the additional worries that children are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic....

St Budeaux pupils get creative

Authored by Mary

Residents at a care home in Plymouth say that regular visits from pupils of nearby St Budeaux Foundation School are ‘a breath of fresh air.’

The Year 4 pupils come to see their older friends at Freshfields care home as part of the Archie Project, a scheme that links local schools with people with dementia.

Freshfields’ activities co-ordinator Paul Hutt said: “This is the...

Plymouth biology students learn about ecology

Authored by ClareG

Biology students at Ridgeway School have been learning about ecology and factors that affect the distribution of organisms by collecting and studying woodlice.

They set up a classic experiment with an environment of three choices for the insects. Light and dry, moist and dark and dark and dry in one chamber.

The woodlice were placed in the light dry side and monitored every...

Think before you ink project launched in Plymouth schools

Authored by Mary

Think before you ink! That's the message to young people in Plymouth who may be thinking about getting a tattoo.

Plymouth City Council have just launched a joint campaign, which warns that anyone who gets a tattoo under the age of 18 is breaking the law and could be putting their health at risk.

The campaign was developed with the support of the Plymouth Safeguarding Children...

Pupils tour children’s wards for Gold Dust

Authored by Mary

Pupils from College Road Primary School have been helping to make design suggestions for our children’s wards as part of the Gold Dust Appeal.

The 12 pupils, all members of the school council and aged between five and 11 years old were given a tour of the wards on Derriford’s Level 12, asked to pick colours and themes for a revamp and then given certificates for their efforts.


Ridgeway pupils take part in BBC News Report

Authored by ClareG

A group of students from Ridgeway School in Plympton are taking part in this year’s BBC News School Report.

It gives 11- 16 year old students across the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience. Using lesson plans and materials available from a dedicated website, and with support from BBC staff and partners, teachers can help students develop their journalistic...

Plympton students among top mathematicians in Britain

Authored by ClareG

Two maths students from the Ridgeway School in Plympton have won their way into the next round of a national maths competition.

Jamie Trace and Rhiannon Hughes, who are both 17 years old, achieved gold awards in the UK Maths Trust Senior Challenge putting them in the top 3,000 mathematicians in the country. The students will now go through to the next round.

“The challenge is...

Clamp down on school absences

Authored by George Dawson

The number of unauthorised absences allowed in Plymouth schools before a penalty fine is issued will reduce from 15 September 2015.

The changes come in line after the government increased the persistently absent threshold from 85 per cent to 90.

To continue to drive down the numbers of persistent absenteeism in Plymouth the Council has now updated its Local Code of Conduct in...

iPhone project wins presentation competition

Authored by Sarah Parker

Teams of budding business leaders have been put through their paces in a competition created by the Plymouth Business School and Futures Entrepreneurship Centre at Plymouth University.

Pupils from secondary schools across Devon were challenged to prepare a business presentation, with six teams then taking part in a workshop at the University and talking about their project in front of...

Do parents lack faith in the British education system?

Authored by News Desk

Nearly a quarter of state school pupils in England and Wales, aged 11 – 16, have regular private tuition. Further findings from the Sutton Trust show there is almost a 20% increase on the figures from 2005.

So, is it just good parenting to get your child a tutor? Or does it represent a lack of faith in the British education system?

Many would claim the rise of the private...


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