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Pembrokeshire County Council appoints new Director of Education

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has appointed a new Director of Education.

Steven Richards-Downes, a former Cardiff headteacher, who has been the Authority’s Acting Director for Children and Schools since the February 1.

He succeeds Kate Evan-Hughes who left the Council earlier this year to take up a post in England.

Mr Richards-Downes came to Pembrokeshire in May 2017 as Deputy Chief Education Officer from the Central South Consortium – a school improvement service based in South Wales – where he was Strategic Lead Advisor.

He began his career in education as a teacher with the former Mid-Glamorgan local authority.

Mr Richards-Downes was congratulated on his appointment by Guy Woodham, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning.

Councillor Woodham said: “Following a rigorous recruitment process, Mr Richards-Downes impressed not only myself and other Councillor colleagues but also the headteacher and local authority senior officer representatives and – most important of all – a young persons’ panel, that he is the right person for this new role of Director of Education.

“I look forward to working collaboratively with Steven and the whole Pembrokeshire education community (including learners and their families) over the coming months as we develop further our aspirational vision for the efficient and effective delivery of education across the whole of Pembrokeshire.

“This will be undertaken with a clear focus on improved learner outcomes delivering the recommendations for improvement in the Authority’s recent Estyn inspection report and insuring that every learner achieves more than they thought possible.”

Mr Richards-Downes takes up his appointment with immediate effect

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The young can be recycling ambassadors for Pembrokeshire

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NESTLE WATERS UK, which has a plant in Narberth, Pembrokeshire, has launched R-Generation, a new education programme to equip primary and  secondary students with the skills to inspire positive change in their school community and beyond.


The R-Generation resources provide curriculum links to PSHE, Citizenship, Science and Geography, and  offer a whole-school approach to being more actively sustainable.


The resources for primary students include a range of interactive activities that can easily fit into day-to-day lesson planning such as an  assembly presentation, school launch guide and four workshops focused on key topics such as reusing,  recycling and being an active citizen.


The aim of the programme is to empower students to take recycling  into their own hands, by creating school surveys, interviews and analysis that help students better  understand what recycling means for their school and how they can build better habits for the future. To  make this a manageable goal for primary school students, the resources showcase simple tips on  understanding labels, checking your bins and knowing how to recycle in your local area.


The programme also offers resources for secondary students, which focus on creating a team of R Generation Ambassadors who create an Action Plan to make their school community more sustainable.


Through a series of workshops, students will learn how to lead by example, exploring other young  influential sustainability ambassadors to inspire their thinking. These R-Generation Ambassadors will then  create a 10-week sustainability plan for their school, featuring school recycling challenges and ideas about  how to include their wider school community of parents, councillors and local press to make a difference in  their local community.
Emma Barker, a teacher at Grampian Primary Academy in Derby, said: “The R-Generation programme has equipped my class  with important skills to be able to drive a lasting change within the school. It’s helped them to realise they  have a voice and are able to communicate their newfound knowledge about recycling and sustainability  with confidence. They are immensely proud of the projects they have implemented across the school, and  they have helped to inspire others to make small changes to help the environment.”


Hayley Lloyd House, Head of Sustainability at Nestlé Waters UK said: “Thinking beyond sustainability and  reducing our impact on the environment are at the heart of everything we do, and the world needs  everyone to take action and do their bit now, more than ever before. We hope to showcase the variety of simple actions children, schools and local  communities can take to create circularity in their organisations that can help reduce their impact. These  small changes can have an impact on a global scale and we can all be part of the change our planet needs  for tomorrow and the future.”


The R-Generation primary and secondary resource packs are now available to be downloaded for free at:  http://r-generation.co.uk/

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Reception and Primary School application deadline

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PARENTS of children born between 01.09.2017 – 31.08.2018 in Pembrokeshire will need to apply for a Reception/Primary school place for September 2022 by the closing date of January 31, 2022.

Applications received after this date will be considered late which may have a bearing on whether the child gets a place at his/her preferred school.

It is important to note that a school place will not be allocated unless a formal application is received.

The online application form can be found on the Pembrokeshire County Council website: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/schools-and-learning under ‘Apply for a School Place’. 

Parents/guardians will be informed of the allocation of places on the common offer date of April 18, 2022.

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Consultation begins on plans for Learning Resource Centre at Greenhill School

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THE public is being invited to comment on plans to introduce a Learning Resource Centre (LRC) at Greenhill School, Tenby.

The proposed LRC would accommodate pupils with complex additional learning needs and Autistic Spectrum Condition.

The consultation follows a Pembrokeshire County Council decision in December when Members heard that there was a need for more LRC places in secondary education.

As a regulated alteration within the context of the School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013, the Council has a duty to consult on the proposal.

Further details and the consultation document have been placed on the Authority’s Have Your Say website at https://haveyoursay.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/regulated-alteration-to-greenhill-school

Cllr. Guy Woodham, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “I would encourage members of the public to access the consultation, learn more about the proposal and provide their thoughts and feedback.

“This will help provide important information for the Council’s final decision on this plan for a LRC for Greenhill School later this year.”

The closing date for responses is Monday, February 14.

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