School funding is not ‘a bit tight’ it’s in crisis says NEU’s Isle of Wight officer

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Bob Seely welcomes the funding and says he'll be arguing for an increase in the Island’s SEN budget, but Peter Shreeve from the NEU says a whole generation of children are missing out on a proper education

Monday, 14th October, 2019 5:48pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Celebrate Restart a Heart Day with free CPR training and defibrillator awareness training

boy with loveheart for autism awareness day

To celebrate Restart a Heart Day this year the Isle of Wight Ambulance Training and Community Response Services are offering the public free CPR training and defibrillator awareness sessions

Friday, 11th October, 2019 12:39pm

By Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Isle of Wight council approve next stage in West Wight school plans

children and teachers on grass

The council say the recommendations now being taken forward are "felt to provide the best opportunity to secure long-term educational and financial stability for West Wight families and schools"

Friday, 11th October, 2019 8:14am

By IW Council Press Office

Primary school rated ‘Good’ after six years of ‘Requires Improvement’

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The head teacher says she's very proud of every member of her team who has been part of making this happen in challenging circumstances

Thursday, 10th October, 2019 10:17am

By Sally Perry

Baby Box project making a huge difference to parents in Ventnor (Video)

baby box food

Baby Box IOW helps families struggling to provide their children with basic essentials and also offers somewhere for parents to meet others over a cup of tea

Wednesday, 9th October, 2019 11:34am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Girlguiding join the #PlasticPromise

Guides and brownies litter picking

Isle of Wight Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers joined the Plastic Promise during the week of action tackling plastic pollution

Tuesday, 8th October, 2019 8:21am

By Suzanne Whitewood

New Isle of Wight mental health service for young people launches

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Ahead of World Mental Health Awareness Day on 10th October, a new out-of-hours mental health support service for young people on the Isle of Wight has been announced

Monday, 7th October, 2019 10:42am

By Jess Brimble with one comment

Isle of Wight Council’s aspirations to make homelessness a rare occurrence

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Tenders for contracts, due to start in April 2020, have been advertised for organisations with relevant experience to bring a range of new provisions to the Island

Monday, 7th October, 2019 9:43am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

Families supported by Children’s Services take part in ‘Have your say’ week

Young people taking part in paintballing

As well as participating in fun activities, the week provided an opportunity for children, families and carers to give their feedback and ideas on the services delivered by the council

Monday, 7th October, 2019 9:22am

By IW Council Press Office

Frightfully good fun for the family this half term

people at the villa

At half term, Newport Roman Villa will be open for three activity craft days and for visitors to see the remains, Roman bath suite and the garden.

Friday, 4th October, 2019 2:02pm

By IW Council Press Office

Cabinet to vote on West Wight school closure plans next week

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After the earlier withdrawal of plans to close at least one school in the West Wight, they are back on the table and will be voted on next week.

Wednesday, 2nd October, 2019 4:15pm

By IW Council Press Office

Four in five schools funding worse off under Government spending plans, finds new School Cuts coalition analysis


Repeated re-structures, cutting teaching and support staff roles and and squeezing of specialist departments are all well documented.

Tuesday, 1st October, 2019 5:44pm

By Peter Shreeve