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Latest Covid 19 rules and guidance

The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. This explains how the restrictions included in this guidance will be lifted over time. England is still in a national lockdown. You must stay at home, leaving only where permitted by law, and follow…

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Stump Cross Caverns: Launches TWO fundraisers!

If you’ve ever been to Stump Cross Caverns you’ll know how brilliant it is!  A fabulous family day out where the owners and the rest of “Team Stumpy” go above and beyond to make sure everyone that passes their door leaves with a huge smile on their face!  Which is why its so sad to…

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The Pud Store acquires Precious Little One

Doncaster Mumbler Awards winner The Pud Store have aquired Precious Little One this week! Many of you will know that The Pud Store were winners of the our favourite retailer category in the Doncaster Mumbler Awards 2020, so we love them locally. Here’s Fran Bishop, Owner and Founder of The Pud Store with her winners…

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Employment – where are the jobs of the future? 

When businesses grow, jobs are created and we want to make sure these opportunities are available for all our residents.  We’re asking people to get involved in the long-term plan which sets out where business growth, new homes and local services such as schools will develop in our district.  It’s part of the development of…

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MME: Maths and English Equivalent Qualifications during Covid19 for parents

MME is a leading provider of Maths and English courses and exams. With over 5 million website users in 2020, the MME service is helping lots and lots of learners to improve their literacy and numeracy skills as well as gain Ofqual regulated qualifications. Covid-19 has thrown the whole education sector into a frenzy. Exams…

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Fostering North Yorkshire: Could you turn your spare room into a bedroom?

Do you have the time and availability to care for, support and inspire a child? We continue to recruit new foster carers across the county during the pandemic, especially for sibling groups and older children. If you can offer a child a loving, secure, home we’d love to hear from you. In return we will…

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Housing – creating high quality places to live

Selby district is one of the fastest growing areas of North Yorkshire. This means that there’s a shortage of housing – something that’s happening all around the country too. Our Local Plan sets out where these houses could be built in the future and the types of housing that is needed. It allows for 8,040…

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Kip McGrath – Home Learning Support

What are the benefits of a Private Tutor?  Although it is great if parents can get actively involved with their children’s learning, this is not always a practical option. Busy schedules can limit the time you are able to spend each week helping with homework. In addition, as children become older and their studies become…

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Kip McGrath Selby – Top tips on home learning

Knowing so many parents are struggling with homeschooling, we asked local Selby Tutoring provider, Kip McGrath to share their top tips.   Do not try to be school – Home learning is not the same as school. You cannot always do what teachers do in a classroom at the kitchen table. Work with your ability…

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Homeschooling support from Smiles & Miles Tutoring

‘Here we go again!’ one parent said to me recently after returning to the balancing act of working from home while ‘home-schooling’. I look back myself, to the hectic days that were the first lockdown. My eldest in his room, on his PS4, sleeping in and only surfacing with the promise of food. My youngest,…

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