All the latest news from South Yorkshire Futures.


South Yorkshire Futures Report 2020-2021

We are delighted to share this report on our recent achievements and continued commitment to improving outcomes for our region’s children and young people.

South Yorkshire Futures 2020-2021

Unique partnership set to transform early years education

An innovative new University-led project is set to transform early years education and care.

Civic University Network conference

South Yorkshire Futures Director Greg Burke will be on the panel for the Civic University Network conference today, the session is chaired by Professor Sir Chris Husbands, exploring the role of universities in boosting educational attainment for all.

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Teacher Education for Hard-to-Staff, High Poverty Schools: The Australian Context Professor Jo Lampert, La Trobe University

Seminar hosted by Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE) aims to explore connections between the School of Education at La Trobe and the SIoE at Sheffield Hallam.



Graduate mentor scheme to support 700 pupils in Barnsley

Barnsley council has approved £175k funding for the mentors to support 720 pupils who will be sitting GCSEs and A-levels next summer through the GROW mentoring programme.

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Relaunch of the Sheffield Business Together Food Bank Campaign

SBT has relaunched their Food Bank campaign to provide festive food parcels to Sheffield families most in need over the Christmas period.

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Sheffield Children's University publishes 2019/20 Impact Report

The 2019/20 Impact Report evidences the significant impact that participation in the scheme can have on children and young people in Sheffield.

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GROW school mentoring pilot scheme a success

South Yorkshire Futures has collaborated with experts across Sheffield Hallam University to pilot a mentoring scheme for young people progressing into Y11 in September.

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How to help Sheffield Food Banks during Covid-19

Sheffield Businesses Together, a consortium of Sheffield businesses (including Sheffield Hallam University), has partnered with the Sheffield food bank network to support those most in need during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Online / Virtual Offers to Schools during closure

The Enterprise Adviser Network for Sheffield City Region have compiled a list of online resources, videos and virtual support around careers for you to share with students whilst they are at home and/or unable to benefit from more traditional employer encounters and experiences online.

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SMBP Work Insight & Skills Week

In collaboration with the Social Mobility Business Partners (SMBP), we have organised a Work Insight and Skills Week to support year 12 students across South Yorkshire in their pursuit of a career in business.

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Children's University partnership working in action

Senior Project Officers Katie Hamshaw and Helen Oades have been sharing their experience of working with South Yorkshire Futures to expand the Children's University project across South Yorkshire

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Renowned child psychologist and psychotherapist delivers training at Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Margot Sunderland, renowned child psychologist and psychotherapist, visited Sheffield Hallam University to deliver a free one day training course on ‘Addressing the emotional needs of infants in early years settings.’

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Due to popular demand we have added a second cohort of dates for our Primary Science CPD Programme

The programme enables science leaders to develop their leadership skills, keep up to date with evidence-based approaches to primary science and collaborate with other science leader colleagues.

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Children's University in South Yorkshire continues to grow

More than 45,000 children and young people from schools across Sheffield have participated in the Children’s University, a charity that works with schools to encourage participation in extra curricular activities and is supported by South Yorkshire Futures.

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Sheffield Hallam becomes the first University in the UK to sign the School Governor Champion charter

Supported by South Yorkshire Futures, Sheffield Hallam University is championing school governor opportunities to employers in the region as part of the Talent Bank project. The 5-step charter has been developed by inspiring Governance, a national school governor recruitment service, as a call to action for employers across the country to sign and act as an advocate for school governance opportunities.

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South Yorkshire Futures Coaching in Schools Project

We are now recruiting for our second cohort of coaches to support our coaching in schools project. The project involves volunteer coaches receiving professional training in order to support young people in Barnsley who would benefit from working on areas of personal effectiveness.

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Sheffield Children's University 2018/19 report published

The 2018/19 ‘Sheffield Children’s University – How does it make a difference?’ report is now available. The report provides evidence of the real difference being part of Sheffield CU makes and includes in-depth analysis of the impact of participation in CU activities.

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South Yorkshire Futures shortlisted for two national awards

The South Yorkshire Futures Programme has been shortlisted for two national awards. We are proud to have been chosen as a finalist in the UK Social Mobility Awards and the Times Higher Education Awards.

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Mayor Dan Jarvis launches new Talent Bank for the Sheffield City Region

Sheffield City Region and South Yorkshire Futures have teamed up with Inspiring the Future to launch the “Talent Bank” programme, which will encourage businesses and employees across the region to volunteer their time and inspire young people from all our region’s diverse communities.

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SYF leads £1 million project to improve speech and language development for under-fives

Sheffield Hallam University has joined forces with South Yorkshire's four local authorities to reshape early years speech and language services in a bid to improve communications and language skills among the under fives.

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Trauma Informed Schools course featured in Rotherham Advertiser

As part of their ‘Class Action’ campaign against failing mental health in schools, the Rotherham Advertiser recently featured an article about Trauma Informed Schools training.

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Wayfinder Recruitment Agency opens in Eckington

Wayfinder Recruitment Agency aims to create the right opportunities for young people with additional needs and disabilities to flourish and develop their career.

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Landmarks Specialist College - upcoming events

Would you or someone you know be interested in attending events at Landmarks Specialist College?

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South Yorkshire Futures referenced in Civic university Commission report

Sheffield Hallam University is among 30 universities to sign a new “Civic University Agreement” to reaffirm their local role.

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Tackling the teacher recruitment crisis: Retention as recruitment

by Sue O’Brien, teacher recruitment and retention lead for South Yorkshire Futures

"There is a crisis in teaching. The equation is fairly simple: Not enough people are coming into the profession to meet the growing number of pupils - and too many are leaving."

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Landmarks Specialist College Open Day 

Landmarks Specialist College is holding an Open Day at The Archer on Thursday 24th January 2019 from 1pm - 3pm.
Come along and meet industry trained tutors, find out what qualifications The Archer has to offer and visit a real life working environment.

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Young people in the South Yorkshire area to benefit from improved specialist education offer

Introducing a new partnership between two of the areas' most respected providers of specialist education; Landmarks Specialist College and Nexus Multi-Academy Trust.

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City Region Mayor support for South Yorkshire Futures

Sheffield Hallam University’s social mobility programme, South Yorkshire Futures, has received a major boost from the Sheffield City Region Mayor, Dan Jarvis...

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School Governor programme launches

South Yorkshire Futures has launched a new scheme to actively encourage and support people take up school governor roles across the region...

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Response to government's 'Strengthening QTS' consultation

Sheffield Hallam calls on the government to address Early Years Teaching Status and emphasised the role of South Yorkshire Futures in proposed reforms...

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Global Education and Skills Forum

Academic lead discusses South Yorkshire Futures at the Global Education and Skills Forum...

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Education leaders back South Yorkshire Futures

A group of South Yorkshire's most influential education leaders have joined an initiative aimed at improving the life chances of the region's young people...

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South Yorkshire Futures Launches

A new government-backed initiative to improve the life chances of South Yorkshire's young people has been launched in Sheffield...

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