Small Grants – update
This is to let stakeholders know that the Stoke-on-Trent Opportunity Area 3k grants pot is now fully subscribed and we can’t accept any further applications. The fund has been very popular and we have received high quality, innovative and exciting proposals from a range of local organisations, including many schools. We will say a bit more about successful bids shortly. We will be writing in the next few days to all those who have submitted bids recently to confirm whether or not they have been successful. Some bids have arrived after all available funds had been allocated. Where that is the case we will keep bids on file, pending discussions at the OA Partnership Board.
Staffordshire University recently carried out research for us in relation to improving outcomes for early years. Specifically, this was in connection to ‘Understanding the World’ – which incorporates 3 early learning goals of the early years foundation stage (children’s understanding of people and communities, the world, and technology).
The final report was presented to the the Stoke-On-Trent Opportunity Area Priority 1 sub-group in May and recommendations for future work in sharing and supporting good practice will be considered over the summer.
Download the report: UtW report May 2018_FINAL
The Stoke-on-Trent Research School recently carried out a short audit of mentoring provision in Stoke-on-Trent schools and colleges.
The aim was to identify types of mentoring provision available, scale of take-up, how individuals are identified, frequency of mentoring interventions, how staff are selected to act as a mentor and how mentoring sessions are recorded and evaluated. The final report was presented to the Priority 2 and Priority 3 sub-group in May and initial recommendations for future work will be considered over the summer.
Download the report: Mentoring Provision in Stoke on Trent