As you may know, late last year, the Council began to review its current school admission policy that is based on catchment areas to help establish whether this is still the right option for the city. We asked for the views of parents and carers through a citywide survey.
Nearly 800 parents and carers across the city completed the survey.
The results so far have been extremely valuable for the review, however we have noted that fewer people took part in some areas of the city and in Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities. To ensure a fair and representative view from across the city, we are now extending the consultation for another fortnight and would like to encourage more parents to take part particularly:
- Those living in the following postcode districts: S2, S3, S4, S5, S9, S12, S13, S14, S20
- Those from BME communities
To complete the survey online, please visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/pupiladmissions
This consultation is open until Friday 15th May.
Finding an accessible home in Sheffield
If you are looking for a wheelchair accessible or adapted property to buy or rent in, Sheffield it’s worth knowing that Sheffield Homes, Sheffield Housing Company, and the Property Shop advertise accessible and adapted property weekly on the Accessible Property Register (APR) website: http://accessible-property.org.uk.
You can also use the site to find accessible property to buy or rent anywhere in the UK. The APR website also advertises wheelchair accessible holiday accommodation. For more info contact Conrad Hodgkinson by email at email@example.com or by phone on 0774 9119385.
CredAbility and The Access Card – Nimbus Disability
The Access Card is a unique new product developed by social enterprise Nimbus Disability which has many practical applications for disabled people. It was designed to quickly let providers know about the needs a disabled person has and is simplifying the bookings process for theatres, arena and music venues across the UK. Most recently we’re pleased to welcome Sheffield Theatres and the Motorpoint Arena as CredAble Providers.
The Card is also a developing as a loyalty and discount card, and for a limited time it is available to Sheffield city residents for free for the first 3 years.
For more info and to apply visit www.disabilitysheffield.org.uk/accessible-sheffield or ring 01332 40 40 40.
New Courses for people with autism in Sheffield and Rotherham
Two new free courses have been launched for individuals with autism, learning disabilities and mental health conditions in South Yorkshire. The courses are being run by Autism Plus and are free to attend. Booking is essential.
Confidence Plus is a six week course for individuals with autism and Asperger Syndrome to help people to develop confidence and communication skills. Running from Sheffield the course starts on on 30 April 2015.
Employability Plus is a ten week employability course for individuals with autism, learning disabilities and mental health conditions in Rotherham, aged 19+ who are looking for support to find work. The Employability Plus course will support individuals, over ten weekly three hour sessions to build confidence, communication and listening skills, prepare for job search, interviews and expectations of work place environments.
There are two Employability Plus courses running:
Employability course 1 Starts Thursday 14th May, 1pm to 4pm
Running for 10 weeks every Thursday afternoon thereafter
Employability course 2
Starts Tuesday 26th May, 1pm to 4pm
Running for 10 weeks every Tuesday afternoon thereafter