City Youth Ambassador Network

The most comprehensive way to engage young people in leadership is through action

We are funding the City Youth Ambassador Network (CYAN) who have recently produced a Youth Ambassador Handbook.

This is full of information on the great work that CYAN is doing within Stoke-On-Trent, including offering a FREE programme for all secondary schools. In Stoke-On-Trent, the project supports the development of leadership skills, social engagement and “voice” amongst the city’s young people. This will include stronger youth representation in local decision making on issues that affect them.

Assembly workshops have proven to be a perfect introduction to the programme and are tailored to fit the needs of each individual school. CYAN work with each school to find the best time to engage and inspire their Year 7’s.

So far there have been three assemblies and they have all exceeded expectation – 112 students from Ormiston Horizon are now interested in the social action programme.

Assembly workshops will run until Friday, 29th of March.

Please contact,, if you are interested in the programme.

Space 2018 Evaluation report – now available

Space 2018 evaluation report – now available

The Space project, led by the Staffordshire Commissioner, provides positive activities for young people in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. Last year, the programme ran throughout the summer holiday period July to August 2018 and is going from strength to strength with attendances increasing from just over 13,000 in 2015 to almost 30,000 in 2018.

As the evaluation report indicates, there’s been a significant decrease in police recorded youth-related incidents of Anti-Social Behaviour during the summer holiday period 2018, down 41% compared to the same period in 2017.

The Stoke-on-Trent Opportunity Area is one of the partners that has contributed to the delivery of this programme in 2018 via a direct funding contribution and as part of the ‘Essential Life Skills’ programme.

Read the evaluation report direct here or via

Geographical Association and Association for Science Education Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF) CPD provision in Stoke-on-Trent

The Geographical Association and Association for Science Education TLIF offer

The Geographical Association and Association for Science Education have been awarded a TLIF contract to provide fully funded CPD for primary and secondary teachers from November 2018 to develop the critical use of evidence in geography and science classrooms. The target group of schools for this offer are those that are in Ofsted category 3, but schools who are Ofsted rated 1 & 2 may be able to get involved.

The aim of this provision will:

  • strengthen teachers’ subject knowledge and build confidence and capability in curriculum planning and teaching
  • help teachers teach reformed geography and science qualifications and curricula effectively, focusing on knowledge application, the critical use of data and evidence, construction of arguments and geographical and scientific investigation
  • make more efficient use of teacher planning time through provision of practical planning tools and quality-assured curriculum plans and resources.

DfE information can be found here: and further information on the Critical thinking for achievement project here:

Opportunity Areas: ‘Building the foundations for change’ case studies

The ‘Opportunity Areas: Building the foundations for change’ document published last month provides a snap-shot of activity in each Opportunity Area across the country. This includes our very own Stoke-on-Trent case study on the Better Together project that will ensure every primary and secondary school in the city is linked with a social worker and educational psychologist to identify children and families at risk of running into difficulties. Follow this link to access the case study document.


Free Breakfast Club support for schools in Stoke-on-Trent

If at least 35% of pupils in your school are recorded as eligible for free school meals, or 50% as Ever 6 Free School Meals, then you may be eligible to receive support through the National School Breakfast Scheme.

It is funded by the Department for Education, and run by Family Action, in partnership with Magic Breakfast. The programme will support over 1770 schools in disadvantaged communities, including Opportunities Areas, to improve access to healthy breakfasts and learning.

Eligible schools will receive a £500 start-up grant to set up their breakfast club, and schools who do not currently have healthy, sustainable breakfasts already in place will receive free breakfasts.

The funding for food is only available until March 2020 – but the Magic Breakfast will work with you to put a longer term, sustainable plan in place. If you want to explore the benefit of removing the hunger barrier to learning for your pupils, please click for an expression of interest form.

Further information on the programme is here and here.