Tender and quotation opportunity: Summer 2018 holiday activities programme for 5-to-19 year olds

Organisations and partnerships are invited to supply quotes to deliver an enhanced Summer 2018 holiday activities programme for 5-to-19 year olds in Stoke-on-Trent. Closing date: 28/06/2018

Please see Stoke-on-Trent procurement page for further information and contact details for further information:

https://www.stoke.gov.uk/homepage/75/tender_and_quotation_opportunities_-_detail/?ID=2194

Small Grants – update

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.

 

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.

 

Essential Life Skills – large grant applications

The Essential Life Skills (ELS) Fund is an additional sum of money that has been awarded to the 12 Opportunity Areas nationally to complement Opportunity Area funding. This Fund has a value of £2.1m for the city and is to be spent between 2017 and end of the Summer 2019 on a range of extra-curricular activities for 5- to- 19 year olds linked to schools and colleges.

Direct allocations of ELS funding have already made to every school and college in the city.

The Opportunity Area Partnership Board will shortly be inviting large grant applications from a range of organisations and partnerships including providers of extra-curricular activities, schools and colleges to offer activities that span either the whole city or large parts of it and benefit sizeable cohorts of 5- to -19 year olds as well as particular vulnerable groups.

ELS is intended to fund a range of extra-curricular activities linked to the curriculum that go beyond what might reasonably be expected as part of the standard school/ college day and do not duplicate or act as a substitute for core curriculum teaching.  Activities covered are broad in nature and include sports, culture, arts, music, IT, social action and volunteering and are expected to develop skills and qualities such as resilience, perseverance, self-confidence, integrity and team-working.

They should take place on a regular basis, in most weeks of the term and throughout the school/college year where possible.  Residential, weekend or holiday activities that take place over a short period can be very useful but should be considered as part of a wider package of regular term-time activities for those pupils involved.

Prospective applicants should check their Twitter alerts ( @StokeonTrent OA) for news of the release of detailed information and grant application forms which will be accessible from this website.

‘Understanding the World’: audit of activity

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

Mentoring provision in Stoke-on-Trent: audit of activity

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 s

Download the report: Mentoring Provision in Stoke on Trent