City’s Young People Join Together in State of the City Debate

On Friday 30 November more than 100 young people from Sunderland, Washington, Houghton and Hetton joined together to debate issues that matter to them.

The annual State of the City debate, organised by Sunderland Youth Council, saw children and young people from the city’s schools, Sunderland College and Sunderland People First, gather to discuss five key issues.

The debate follows the national Make Your Mark ballot, which this year saw 1.1 million young people vote on youth issues. Of that number 5,685 votes came from Sunderland youngsters.

Together for Children Double Triumph with Two Ofsted Outstanding Grades

Together for Children is again celebrating after Ofsted, the government office for standards in education, children's services and skills, gives top marks to two children’s homes by grading both as outstanding.

Together for Children (TfC) provides children’s services and manages four children’s homes in Sunderland that each accommodate six young people aged between 12 and 18.

Both of the Ofsted reports praise home managers and staff teams.

The report on Monument View, states that:

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Child-minder Briefing
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Are you interested in becoming a childminder?

If the answer to this question is yes or even maybe please come along to a childminder briefing session. At this two hour session you will find out about:
· The role of the child-minder;
· The Ofsted registration requirements;
· How you will be expected to support children's learning and development;
· The training you will need to complete in order to enable you to become a childminder.

The cost of this briefing is £20.

If you are interested in attending one of these briefing sessions please register your interest by contacting Julie Harrison, Professional Development Officer on the following:


Tel: 0191 5612840

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Primary school children across Sunderland take part in Durham Cathedral’s Music Outreach Celebration

Today (21 November 2018) Durham Cathedral welcomed over 250 children from primary schools across the Sunderland region as part of the Cathedral’s triannual Music Outreach Celebration.

With the children filling the crossing, and the Cathedral Choristers positioned on the steps of the Scott Screen, the scene was set for a vibrant afternoon of musical celebration in front of beaming friends and family.  

Primary Mathematics
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A whole day CPD opportunity to take part in a maths-based escape room experience and a practice session looking at ideas of how and why to make maths physical, visible and interactive.

Aimed at: Teachers and Leaders working with pupils in EYFS, KS1, KS2 and KS3

Venue: Sunderland University, City Campus, Gateway 4, Chester Road, Sunderland SR1 3SD

Date / Time: Mon 28th January 2019 @ 9am - 3pm

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Sunderland University
Gateway 4, City Campus, Chester Road
United Kingdom

54.904412, -1.390939

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PVI & Nursery Settings
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Children’s personal, social and emotional development is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives, and should be developed hand-in-hand with their cognitive development. 

Promoting these attributes support children to have a positive sense of self, to understand their own feelings and those of others, build friendships and create important positive attachments, providing a secure platform from which to reach for the stars.

Keynote speakers include:

Dr Sam Wass - How does the brain change between infancy and middle childhood? How do attention and learning, change as a result?

Michael Rosen - one of the best-known figures in the children's book world, renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter.

Cost: £150 per person

Venue: Stadium of Light


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Stadium of Light
United Kingdom

54.914561, -1.388371

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Voice of Our Future

Last week youngsters in Sunderland joined health care, children’s services and education leaders at the Voice of Our Future event.

The event held, at Sunderland College’s Bede Campus, was organised by youngsters from the Children and Young People’s Advisory Network (CYPAN) in partnership with schools and Together for Children(TfC), which provides Sunderland’s children’s services.

Youngsters in Sunderland Look Forward to Free Gym and Swim

Youngsters in Sunderland are celebrating after securing free gym and swim sessions for children in care in the city.

Children and young people from Change Council, a group representing and supported by Together for Children, have campaigned for more accessible leisure opportunities since last year.

Change Council and Together for Children have now partnered with Everyone Active, the leading leisure provider which operates eight leisure centres in the city on behalf on Sunderland City Council, to offer all children in care the opportunity to exercise free of charge.

First North East Regional Conference for Independent Reviewing Officers

The first North East regional conference for Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) took place earlier this month.

The event brought together 84 IROs from six local authority areas as well as Directors of Children’s Services, and the Executive Director of Together for Children, which provides children’s services on behalf of Sunderland City Council.  It was organised by the Regional IRO manager group, and hosted by South Tyneside Council.


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