Sunderland’s Young Achievers recognised in awards celebration

Sunderland’s brightest and best youngsters were recognised for their achievements last night in a glittering ceremony at the Stadium of Light.

The annual Young Achievers Awards, organised by Together for Children, celebrate the bravery, talent and positive contribution children and young people have made to the lives of their families, communities and the city.  

This year’s Overall Winner was Chantelle Beaney, 14, from Houghton, who took home the award after picking up the Academic Achievement Award earlier in the evening.

Sunderland school in top 1% of England for maths results

A Sunderland primary school is celebrating after achieving exam results that put it in the top 1% of the country.

Hudson Road Primary School in Sunderland City Centre was praised for its outstanding SATs results after every pupil reached or exceeded the national expected standard in maths.

The school’s exceptional exam results were achieved in Key Stage 2 SATs, which are taken by children in year 6, aged 11.

Pupils get a taster of city’s social care careers

School pupils from across Sunderland discovered more about the social care careers on offer in the city at an event organised to mark World Social Work Day on March 20th.

The Social Work Sector Day, which was organised by Together for Children, Sunderland City Council and the University of Sunderland, welcomed year 10 and 11 pupils from Grindon Hall, as well as Kepier School in Houghton, Southmoor Academy and Castle View Enterprise Academy.

Channel 4 Psychologist Sam Wass to speak at Early Years Conference

Together for Children is bringing two nationally renowned speakers to Sunderland for its first education conference.

The Early Years conference, which focuses on the education of children aged five and up, will bring TV development psychologist Dr Sam Wass and education consultant Alistair Bryce Clegg to the city.

The pair will share their cutting edge knowledge on children’s development with staff from schools, nurseries and education providers.

The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018

The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018, supported by Together for Children, have announced a range of fantastic opportunities for schools to get on-board and be part of this year’s event.

The Races take place in European waters every year, this year Sunderland has the honour of being the start port of the race series. The city will welcome a majestic fleet of Tall Ships to take part in a colourful four day festival of culture and entertainment from Wednesday 11 – Saturday 14 July.


The Youth Drug & Alcohol Project (YDAP) was launched in 2004 and is currently based within the Youth Offending Service. The team offers specialist services for young people up to their 18th birthday, living in the Sunderland area who have complex needs associated with substance misuse.

YDAP works with young people who’s substance use is problematic and impacting on their life with negative effect. That is:

  • Physical or Mental Health
  • Housing
  • Family
  • Education
  • Offending Behaviour

How We Work

Together for Children continues to make ‘steady progress’ says Ofsted

The latest Ofsted visit to Together for Children, the company formed to take over the management of children’s services in Sunderland, has reported ongoing improvements.

The Ofsted inspectors, who visited the company in January, reported that Together for Children is “making steady progress in improving services when problems first emerge for children, young people and their families”.

The latest visit was Ofsted’s third to Together for Children since it came into operation in April 2017, and the sixth to Sunderland since services were judged to be inadequate in July 2015.


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