Site Gallery has announced an ambitious expansion project with over £2.7m investment to create a new gallery and events space on Paternoster Row. Sheffield’s leading contemporary art space specialises in new media, moving image and performance and will treble the scale of its public offer including a new 262 square metre gallery and a flexible event space for education, creative activity and commercial hires. The plans also provide for a 40-seat café, a shop and business units. Work is planned to commence in April 2017, with the existing gallery to be temporarily closed while work takes place. A programme of pop-up events is planned in the interim. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Three out of five young people in rural areas of England do not have adequate public transport to get to their secondary school, research from Rural England concludes. The State of Rural Services report says lack of public transport is harming opportunities in education. There are also concerns about gaps in access to broadband in rural areas. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Government plans designed to address “unfair” and “inconsistent” funding in England’s education system risk cuts in most schools, say teachers’ unions. Campaigners say that 98 per cent of schools will be worse off because rising prices and cost pressures will cancel out any increase if ministers introduce the new National Funding Formula. Figures released by organisations representing school staff, teachers and leaders show that schools in Sheffield could lose up to £362 per pupil. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Toby Mallinson of the National Union of Teachers.
Sheffield’s new University Technical College (UTC) has opened on the Olympic Legacy Park and students have begun moving into after a two week induction. The £10m development is the second UTC in Sheffield. It will provide specialist study for 14 to 19-year-old students in technical skills for healthcare, sports sciences and computing, as well as offering traditional academic qualifications.
A free colouring book which portrays real tradeswomen from Sheffield has been launched to encourage young girls to think about becoming electricians, bricklayers and engineers.
Max Munday interviewing Richard Wright
Richard Wright – chief executive of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry – joined Sheffield Live’s Max Munday on yesterday morning’s Mouthpiece show to discuss education, training, apprenticeships – and Pink Floyd.
James Oliver of Longley College also joined Max for an interview. The programme covered the value and purpose of education – and considered how schools, apprenticeships and vocational learning prepare young people for careers and for further study. It examined these questions from the perspectives of businesses, of colleges and of young people.
Listen to the podcast of the show here.
Emma Wass speaks to Joshua Forstenzer, president of the University of Sheffield Students’ Union.
Josh Fostenzer speaks to Emma Wass
As a non-British PhD student, Josh talks about how he hopes to bring something different to the role. He speaks passionately about the Students’ Union’s involvement with the local community and discusses the Gold Award, which was granted by the Student Union Evaluation Initiative to the union.