Education

Cornwall Council “does not know” how many children are not in school

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has admitted that it has no way of knowing how many children in Cornwall are not attending school.  Some of the children who are...

Saltash library opening ceremony today

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Residents in Saltash are invited to celebrate the official launch of their library today (Saturday.) The service is being transferred to Saltash Town Council as part...

“No need” for a new faith school in Saltash

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council is coming under pressure to reject proposals for a new faith school in Saltash. The government is offering cash for a Voluntary Aided Christian...

St Agnes parish council becomes the latest minor local authority to take control of its library

By Anne North St Agnes parish council has become the latest minor local authority to take over the running of its local library. St Agnes library will remain part...

Cornwall’s school children stage another “strike” in protest against global warming

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Around 300 young people gathered at County Hall, Truro, on Friday to call for more action on climate change. It was one of several demonstrations around...

Padstow library set to close

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The future of Padstow Library is in doubt, as the “devolution” process which seeks to transfer responsibility from Cornwall Council to town and parish councils is...

EXCLUSIVE: Falmouth University staff survey says three quarters fear speaking out

By Graham Smith The latest official staff survey at Falmouth University paints a picture of poor morale, with only 26% confident of speaking up and challenging management. The survey,...

Cornwall Council pays out over boy who missed school

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has been ordered to pay £3,500 to a boy and his mum after he missed a year of school. The Local Government and Social...

A cabinet member revolted, and a senior Lib Dem was missing – the inside story of a Cornwall Council budget defeat which delivered an extra £1 million for Cornwall’s children

By Anne North Labour’s one-vote victory over Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats yesterday (Tuesday) – securing an extra £1 million for children’s services – was achieved thanks to the abstention of...

Cornwall’s Lib Dems defeated again as Labour wins an extra £1 million for children’s mental health services

By Anne North Cornwall Council’s Liberal Democrats suffered another blow to their “progressive” credentials today (Tuesday) when a Labour proposal to add £1 million to children’s services won cross-party...

DfE names new governance of five Cornish academy schools abandoned by their former sponsor

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Department for Education has named the new sponsors for five Cornish academy schools which had been left “homeless” after the Truro-based Adventure Learning Academy Trust...

EXCLUSIVE: Official figures reveal sharp drop in number of students applying to Falmouth University

By Peter Tremayne The number of students applying to Falmouth University has fallen dramatically.  Figures just published by UCAS show that the total number of applications for the 2018...

Cornwall’s “micro” libraries under threat as County Hall embarks on another review

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s network of “micro” libraries is to be reviewed, with a warning that “there may be some difficult decisions in areas where a vocal few are...

Cornwall’s special schools for excluded pupils expand into Devon

By Peter Tremayne The new Multi Academy Trust responsible for children excluded from mainstream schools has launched formally at an event in Saltash. Lisa Mannall, the Department for Education’s...

Five Cornish schools abandoned by their Multi Academy Trust hope to have their new “sponsor” soon

The five Cornish schools which had been part of the Truro-based Adventure Learning Academy Trust should get a new “sponsor” early next year, the Department for Education has told...

School transport policy which forces 11-year-olds to risk their lives must be reviewed, says Delabole councillor

28th November 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Cornwall Council policy which says it is reasonable for 16 children in Delabole to walk nearly three miles to school along a...

Big rise in school fines for unauthorised absences

22nd November 2018 By Richard Whitehouse The number of parents in Cornwall fined for taking their children out of school to go on holiday has increased dramatically in a...

Cornwall College braces itself for the next phase of its “Fresh Start”

5th November 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane While central government considers giving Truro and Penwith College £3 million to help it build a new rugby stadium at Threemilestone, ministers are...

Falmouth University says new recruitment company poses no threat to existing staff

23rd October 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Falmouth University has moved to reassure existing staff that its establishment of a new recruitment company poses no threat to their pay or...

Cornwall loses its A-team as three top managers set to depart County Hall’s Children’s Services

18th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall’s social workers are reeling this morning (Thursday) from news that their leadership team at County Hall is to leave. The three most...