Rickleton pupils to sing in the Tall Ships

Pupils from Rickleton Primary were in fine voice to celebrate the launch of the Songs for Sunderland Tall Ships singing programme and a world record attempt.

The pupils got together for their first practice as part of a programme that will culminate in a live performance as the Tall Ships begin to arrive on Wednesday 11th July. It is hoped that the July performance will secure Sunderland a place in the record books.

City’s young people take over Council chambers

More than 100 young people took over Sunderland Council’s chambers last week to debate the issues that matter most to them.

The annual ‘State of the City’ debate, organised by Sunderland Youth Parliament, saw children and young people from the city’s schools and youth projects gather to debate five pre-set topics.

The topics, mental health, transport, work experience opportunities, a curriculum to prepare for life and protecting the LGBT+ community, were decided in advance following a city-wide vote in which 8,000 young people took part.

Together for Children continues to make ‘sustained progress’

The latest Ofsted visit to Together for Children has noted ‘sustained progress’.

Following Ofsted’s second monitoring visit to the new company since it came into operation in April this year, and the fifth to Sunderland since services were judged to be inadequate in July 2015, the inspectors reported that the company is “making sustained progress in improving services for children in need of help and protection”.

Sunderland conference adopts a brighter future for siblings

Sunderland University is hosting a regional conference which shines a spotlight on looked after children and coincides with National Adoption Week (16-22 Oct).

As in previous years, the need to find families for some of the most vulnerable children is at the heart of the week, with the focus this year on siblings. At present there is a national shortage of adopters particularly those able to accommodate sibling groups.

Young people encouraged to make a mark on politics

Sunderland Youth Parliament are encouraging youngsters across the city to have their say on the issues that matter to them by voting in the annual Make Your Mark ballot.

The Make Your Mark vote, which runs until October 6th, is the largest consultation of young people in the country and is open to anyone aged between 11 and 18.

Last year saw 8,002 young people (30% of those eligible) vote in Sunderland and almost 980,000 nationally take to the polls to have their say on the topics that matter most to them.

Sunderland pupils celebrate results in first year of new GCSE grades

Pupils from across Sunderland are celebrating their GCSE results today (Thursday 24th August) in the first year of a new national grading system for the core subjects of English Literature and Language as well as Maths.

For the first time, instead of being graded by letter, GCSE results for the three subjects will move to a numerical scale of nine to one.

According to the Department for Education, a grade four is aligned to what was previously a standard pass grade C, with grade five the equivalent of a strong pass grade C.

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