Children at St Paul’s Primary School in Brinnington recently got the chance to meet with Stockport MP Ann Coffey.
The school council talked to Ann about their role as school councillors and about the suggestions they had made for the redesign of Brinnington Park. They also had ideas for new laws parliament could pass to improve their environment.
Ann Coffey said:
“It was always a pleasure to listen to children. They are always full of good ideas and so enthusiastic .We do need to spend more on schools so that every child has the opportunity to achieve. They are our future. We should be supporting our children and this great school
Joanna Harrington, Headteacher at St Paul’s added:
“Our School Council loved meeting Ann and having the chance to share their ideas with her. We want to continue providing similar opportunities for our children , but this is becoming more difficult because of funding pressures and we’ve had to make difficult choices to best resource our school.”
To find out more about St Paul’s or to contact them, please visit www.st-pauls.stockport.sch.uk.
Ann Coffey MP pictured with members of the School Council at St Paul’s
For many children and young people the start of the new school term means a big change in their lives, such as moving from primary to secondary school. This transition can often be a stressful time for children, even when they feel well prepared by their primary school and well supported at home.
Some children are carrying an extra burden, which can affect their school life, their friendships and their ability to reach their potential. These children are young carers, whose daily routine means juggling schoolwork with essential care for a family member at home. This can be a cause of great worry to a child.
In Stockport we have very good services for young carers, through the valuable work of Signpost Young Carers. Signpost works alongside primary and secondary schools, providing a package of support which enables these children to take part in school activities and have the same opportunities as their classmates. Indeed, Signpost support means that they are able to get a break from their caring responsibilities and enjoy their childhood.
Tuesday May 8, 2018
The government has broken a promise to cut soaring numbers of children being “farmed out” to children’s homes vast distances from where they were brought up and live.
Ann Coffey, the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, will use a Commons debate today (Tuesday) to say there is growing evidence that “a sent away generation” of vulnerable youngsters are in danger of falling prey to paedophiles and drugs gangs.
The government pledged to clampdown on so called out of borough placements five years ago but there has been a 64 per cent rise nationally in the number of children being sent to live away between 2012 and 2017.
There has also been a huge increase in the number of sent-away children going missing with the number of missing incidents more than doubling to almost 10,000 a year.