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National Allocation Day for Primary School Places 2019

Tuesday April 16, 2019 is the national allocation day where all children who are due to start Reception in September 2019, find out which primary school they have been allocated.

94% of Sefton residents have been allocated their first preference Sefton school.

98% of Sefton residents have been allocated one of their three preferred Sefton schools.

98% of all those who applied for places at Sefton Schols were allocated one of their three preferred schools.

For more information about school admissions, please follow this link;

https://www.sefton.gov.uk/schools-learning/school-admissions.aspx

 

Sefton’s Festival of Golf tees off in style!

Sefton Council is hosting a fabulous festival of golf to coincide with the British Masters tournament at Hillside Golf Club.

As the borough prepares to welcome thousands of golf fans for the British Masters tournament, a week of golfing activities is taking place at Southport Golf Links and Bootle Golf Course from May 4-12.

The festival is to appeal to both beginners and existing golfers, of all ages and ability, and is supported by the European Tour and former Southport Golf Links junior member, Tommy Fleetwood.

Tommy, a Ryder Cup winner, is hosting the British Masters and his career began nearly 20 years ago at Sefton Council’s Municipal Golf Course on Park Road West, Southport.

Included in the festival is free junior golf, foot and disc golf, free coaching and a longest putt challenge.

All of this activity will centre on Southport Golf Links but the free junior golf will also run at Bootle Golf Course during the week.

There is also the unique opportunity for individuals to get involved in the lonely hearts golf where golfers can find a partner to play a round with. All the fun competitions will be free to enter and this includes a 3-club challenge with some excellent prizes too.

Mark Shaw, Sefton Council’s Green Sefton manager, said: “As Sefton prepares to welcome thousands of visitors to the British Masters in May, we thought we would celebrate this through our own festival.

“Southport Golf Links will be a hive of activity from May 4-12 and the course, hailed as one of the very best Municipal courses in the country, has helped produce top talent in Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Slattery and Matthew Baldwin.

“All three were members of Park Golf Club who use Southport Municipal as their course in an ongoing partnership with Sefton Council and the trio are supporting our festival as well.

“Through our own festival it’s a chance for anyone interested in the game to get involved no matter how old or your ability. There really is something for everyone with events taking place in Bootle as well.

“We want the British Masters and our own festival to leave a legacy especially amongst younger people, boys and girls, to enjoy this fabulous sport.”

The British Masters hosted by Tommy Fleetwood will mark the European Tour’s first visit to Hillside since 1982 when Tony Jacklin won the Sun Alliance PGA Championship – the precursor to the BMW PGA Championship – beating his fellow Ryder Cup Captain Bernhard Langer in a play-off.

Tickets are still available for the British Masters at Hillside Golf Club and for more information visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/betfred-british-masters-hosted-by-tommy-fleetwood-2019-tickets-52081823135

For information about the Festival of Golf agenda, click here

Protecting children’s rights in the workplace

Sefton Council is reminding businesses that employ children aged between 13 and 16 years old that they need permits to comply with employment laws. These permits are free of charge from the Local Council that the place of employment resides.

No child aged below 13 is allowed to work in England unless they are taking part in a performance and have a performance licence.

There is a National Awareness Campaign which takes place across the country this April, where councils will be reminding employers that children aged between 13 and 16 years old require Work Permits to enable them to undertake part-time work.

The welfare of children is paramount and if they are taking part in part-time work opportunities, we need to ensure that their needs are being met by employers and that children who do work are doing so safely.

During next month’s Child Employment fortnight, County Council officers will be visiting places of businesses across the borough during the fortnight to make sure that young people in part-time jobs are safe and working legally.

Under byelaws regulating the Employment of Children and Street Trading by persons aged under 18 years old, which was introduced over 50 years ago, teenagers aged between 13 and 16 years old can take part in light work in a number of different areas including: shop work, office work and working in cafes, restaurants, car washing and riding stables.

No child may be employed before 7.00 am or after 7.00 pm on any day.  No child may work for more than 4 hours without a break of at least 1 hour and no child can work for more than 2 hours on a Sunday between the hours of 7.00 am and 7.00 pm.

During term time, no child can be employed for more than 12 hours per week and there are also other guidelines for the number of weekends and hours during holiday times that children can work.

For more details on Child Employment fortnight, please visit; https://www.sefton.gov.uk/schools-learning/child-employment.aspx

http://www.nncee.org.uk/legislation-employment-a-entertainment/uk-child-employment-legislation/national-child-employment-month

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Liverpool City Region residents back new walking and cycling network plans

New research released by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority reveals that new walking and cycling plans for the region could help convince more people to leave their cars at home.

More than three quarters (75%) of those surveyed indicated that ‘safe, well-lit and well maintained footways and cycle routes’ would help encourage them to travel by bike or on foot.

The survey was undertaken by the Liverpool City Region Transport Partnership as part of the Arrive Happy campaign, which aims to encourage more people to take local journeys by bike or foot.

The researchers spoke with people across the city region about their cycling and walking habits and asked how they thought local infrastructure should be improved, ahead of work beginning on new and improved bike and footpaths.

The survey found that whilst people do already travel by cycle or on foot, that they can be put off by a lack of safe and properly linked routes.

Whilst over three-quarters of respondents (76%) said they owned or had access to a bike, only 35% said they felt safe cycling on roads. And although more than 70% of those surveyed said they walked most days for at least 20 minutes, but only a quarter (25%) felt very safe walking at night.

Two thirds of all journeys in the city region are less than five kilometres but half of those are made by car. Encouraging more of these journeys to be taken either by bike or on foot would help to improve public health and have a positive impact on air quality by reducing congestion, as well as helping to boost the local economy by increasing footfall at key retail and leisure sites.

In December of last year, Liverpool City region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram announced the first tranche of funding for a 600km network of new and upgraded walking and cycling routes across Haltion, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral.

The initial £8.3m of funding will be used across the city region, to create safe and improved links between residential areas, employment, education and training and leisure and retail sites.

Work is now ongoing with designers to explore how the new infrastructure will look and how it will operate, with more detailed proposals due later this year.

The full survey report on Walking and Cycling in the Liverpool City Region can be accessed here

Little Squirrels in Formby, honoured for changing the lives of children with speech and language difficulties

Little Squirrels at Redgate Community Primary School, has been highly commended in the Early Years Setting of the Year category for their excellent work developing children’s communication skills at the UK-wide 2019 Shine a Light Awards organised by learning company Pearson, in partnership with The Communication Trust.

The Shine a Light Awards, which took place at Pearson’s headquarters in London, celebrate innovative work and excellent practice in supporting children and young people’s speech, language and communication development. They also recognise the hard work and determination of children and young people who have some form of long-term and persistent speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

Language and communication abilities in the area have historically been of concern and in response to this, Redgate Community Primary School developed their own nursery provision, Little Squirrels, recognising the vital importance of early intervention. Two years on and due to their outstanding work in speech and language development, children are  achieving great heights!

Thanks to the early years team, which comprises of specialist trained language champions and teachers, Little Squirrels has become a sought-after early years provision. With children being assessed during home visits, transition visits and on starting nursery and reception, all children are offered appropriate support from the outset with the early years provision itself providing an environment that ensures all children make progress. Little Squirrels at Redgate has even been awarded ELKLAN’s Communication Friendly Setting accreditation.

Thinking outside of the box using different strategies and ideas, children at the early years provision develop their skills in a fun and interactive way with staff also dedicating time and resource to support parents and carers. Together with providing informative posters on how they can support their children’s learning and communication development, the team sets special family learning challenges such as trips to the local beach.

Louise Dean, Early Years Lead from Little Squirrels at Redgate Community Primary School said: “We are thrilled and honoured to be awarded highly commended for the Shine a Light Early Years Setting of the Year Award. A child’s earliest years are a crucial stage in their language and communication development, and so our early years team are dedicated to ensuring that our youngest learners are equipped with the language and communication skills they need to become successful lifelong learners and skillful communicators. Winning this award has empowered our team to truly believe that our child centered ethos, along with skillful interactions from adults is having a positive impact on the lives of our children.”

Sally Phillips, Host of the 2019 Shine a Light Awards, said: “Little Squirrels at Redgate Community Primary School provides fantastic childcare. As a nation, it is vital that we ensure that all children have the opportunity to express themselves, particularly when this ability has a profound impact on our future life chances.

“The amazing winners and highly commended finalists of the Shine a Light Awards prove what a difference we can make if we become informed, impassioned and engaged in the speech language and communication needs of those around us. Little Squirrels at Redgate isn’t just changing the lives of their children in their community but also across the UK. I have seen for myself the huge difference expert intervention and support provides for children, like my son, Olly, particularly at a time where we face a nationwide shortage of speech and language therapists.”

For further information about the Shine a Light winners and highly-commended finalists, visit www.shinealightawards.co.uk and follow us on Twitter #awards_SAL.

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