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Adopters needed to give children a loving home

by Craig Martin on 12 November, 2019

“To be able to adopt a child, especially a child with behavioural issues or a learning difficulty you need to be determined, to have empathy and be honest about what you can take on, but the most important things are to have a loving heart and mind and you’ll be amazing.” That is the message […]

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Apprenticeship Retention

by Craig Martin on 12 November, 2019

Durham County Council has been celebrating its continued success in providing training experiences within the organisation. There are now 327 apprentices working for the Council, increase from last years figure of 121. I questioned what the Council is doing to ensure that they have a job to go to following their training. As too often […]

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Creating employment opportunities for people with autism

by Craig Martin on 30 September, 2019

Organisations interested in providing jobs for people with autism in County Durham can find out about the benefits and the support available at a special conference next month. Durham County Council’s DurhamWorks team is hosting ‘Ausome Enterprise’ at Durham Town Hall from 10am on Friday 4 October, in partnership with local families. Businesses, charities and […]

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Applications open for 2020/21 school year

by Craig Martin on 5 September, 2019

Durham County Council will be accepting applications for the 2020/21 school year from Thursday, 12 September 2019. Graeme Plews, school places and admissions manager, said: “We strongly encourage parents to apply in good time, and online if possible, to reduce the number of late applications and to help parents get their preferred school.” For children […]

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School nurse and health visiting services consultation

by Craig Martin on 25 August, 2019

Views are needed to help shape the future of County Durham’s health visiting and school nursing services. Durham County Council’s public health team is seeking feedback on the health visiting and school nurse services as it looks to improve the effectiveness and quality of Growing Healthy County Durham. This is a service that supports families, […]

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Mental health support for young people to increase

by Craig Martin on 18 August, 2019

Increased mental health support is to be provided for children and young people in County Durham, following the success of a funding application. Teams will work in schools and colleges in areas of social disadvantage after the county was one of 57 areas across the country chosen by NHS England. The application was made by […]

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Sixth form students have been praised after A-level results across County Durham improved yet again. Overall attainment in the county has improved year-on-year since 2016, with many schools and colleges reporting an overall increase in both the numbers of students achieving A* to B grades and getting into their first-choice universities. County Durham’s overall point […]

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A service which works with young people and helps prevent them from re-offending has been commended for including children and young people in its decision making. County Durham Youth Justice Service, formerly County Durham Youth Offending Service, was presented with Investors in Children Status for the work it does to involve young people in decisions […]

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A County Durham teacher is among the first in the country to become a United Nations climate change champion. Suzanne Nesbitt, teacher of geography at The Durham Federation, is one of the first to complete the new UN Climate Change course and the first to do so in County Durham. Miss Nesbitt can now deliver […]

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Durham History Centre consultation

by Craig Martin on 20 June, 2019

Residents are being invited to give their views on designs for a new history centre for County Durham. A six-week public consultation on plans for Durham History Centre, which will bring together archive, heritage and registration services for the county, will begin on Wednesday, 19 June. As well as having their say on how the […]

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