BANES News

How you can help our region win the City Nature Challenge

How you can help our region win the City Nature Challenge

Residents of Bath and North East Somerset are being encouraged to take part in a special event this weekend to discover nature on their doorstep and record wildlife sightings. The City Nature Challenge takes place over four days between 26-29 April. Bath has joined Bristol to compete with more than 160 cities across the world… Read More…

School class sizes are highest in a decade

School class sizes are highest in a decade

The number of children being taught in so called ‘super sized’ primary school classes has been revealed to be at its highest in a decade. The figures published by the Department of Education have shown that more than one in ten pupils are taught in classes of 31 or more, the largest proportion since 2007.… Read More…

Free sanitary products to be introduced to primary schools

Free sanitary products to be introduced to primary schools

The Government has said that free sanitary products will be offered to girls in all primary schools in England from 2020. This announcement follows the Chancellor Philip Hammond’s pledge to fund free sanitary products in secondary schools and colleges.   Campaigners have welcomed this news saying they are glad that the government had extended the… Read More…

School offer day in B&NES

School offer day in B&NES

Almost every family in Bath and North East Somerset has been offered one of their overall preferences for primary school places in 2019-20. Figures out today show 99 per cent of applications received one of their overall preferences with 93.6 per cent getting their first preference of primary school. The total number of applications received… Read More…

Be prepared and help ease pressure on health services this Easter

Be prepared and help ease pressure on health services this Easter

People living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Swindon and Wiltshire are being urged to get ready for the approaching Easter holidays in order to help ease demand on health services across the region. As GP surgeries prepare for the Easter break, health and care leaders are asking people to check they have the… Read More…

B&NES headteachers reveal ‘school funding crisis’

B&NES headteachers reveal ‘school funding crisis’

Headteachers from schools across Bath and North East Somerset have described a ‘funding crisis’ which they say is causing problems at their schools. The team of headteachers came together to host an open meeting with parents and the community in which they stated that they are “incapable of giving proper support to their pupils because… Read More…

Nearly 3 million children are in poverty says report

Nearly 3 million children are in poverty says report

The latest figures published by the Department of Work and Pensions has revealed that a record 2.9 million children from working families in the UK are living in poverty after housing costs have been paid. This means that 70% of all ‘poor’ children were from working families, which is up from 67% on last year.… Read More…

Expansion of Rainbow Resource Scheme

Expansion of Rainbow Resource Scheme

Organisations and attractions across the South West are being invited to join a scheme designed to raise awareness and offer support to families with a child who has an additional need or disability (SEND). By signing up to Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Rainbow Resource Scheme, participants agree to accept a special card as… Read More…

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