Education

This section includes information about education for all stages of life, from pre-school to adult education. There is also information on financial and other support for learning. Whether you are a parent or wanting to know more about the education system for yourself, you will find useful links to helpful information.

1. SCHOOL EDUCATION

Please click on the links below to be taken to your desired section. 

APPLYING TO NURSERIES IN STOCKTON ON TEES

In Stockton on Tees all of the primary schools have nurseries attached to them. As well as nursery places in mainstream schools there are nursery places within independent schools, private day nurseries, playgroups and with childminders.  

Find out more information here
Source: Stockton Borough Council

ACCESS TO SCHOOL EDUCATION

Information on choice of school, schools' admissions policies, exclusions, special educational needs, and education outside of school including in the home.

Find out more information here 
Source: Citizens Advice

Home Schooling in Stockton on Tees
For parents considering educating their children at home, Stockton Borough Council have produced a guidance manual providing further information.

To view the guidance, click here
Source: Stockton Borough Council

 

ADMISSIONS FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN STOCKTON ON TEES

Finding a school in Stockton Borough
For a list of Primary Schools in Stockton Borough click here
Source: Stockton Borough Council 

Applying for a Primary School place
If you are a resident of the Borough you will need to apply for a school place through Stockton Borough Council, whether your preferred school is within the area or in another Borough.

Find out more information here
Source: Stockton Borough Council

ADMISSIONS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN STOCKTON ON TEES

Finding a school in Stockton Borough
For a list of Primary Schools in Stockton Borough click here
Source: Stockton Borough Council 

Applying for a Primary School place
Stockton Borough residents will need to apply for a school place through Stockton Borough Council, whether your preferred school is within the area or in another Borough.

Find out more information here
Source: Stockton Borough Council

SCHOOL TRANSFERS IN STOCKTON ON TEES

As a parent, you may wish to transfer your child to an alternative school for a variety of reasons. Stockton Borough Council have laid out procedures which are followed to ensure that the transfer is for the benefit of the child.

Find out more information here
Source: Stockton Borough Council

SCHOOL ADMISSION APPEALS IN STOCKTON ON TEES

You have the right to say which school you would prefer your child to go to, but this does not mean that you have the right for your child admitted to that school.

Find out more information here
Source: Stockton Borough Council

PROBLEMS IN SCHOOL

As a parent, if you have been experiencing problems with a school and informal discussions have not been successful, you may wish to take further action. When trying to solve a problem, you need to be clear about what are the official procedures for resolving the problem.

Find out more information here
Source: Citizens Advice

Preventing exclusion

Stockton Borough Council's Preventions Service provides support and early intervention to young people aged 8 to 17 years who reside within the Stockton Borough and who are at risk of school exclusion. 

Find out more information about how to contact the team here

Support for young people

The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is a shared assessment and planning framework for use across all children's services. It aims to help the early identification of a child's additional needs and promotes the co-ordination of different services to meet those needs. It is a holistic assessment tool that summarises a child's strengths, needs and goals after considering all aspects of his/her life, family and environment. 
To find out more about CAF and how it could help your child click here

Source: Stockton Borough Council

HELP WITH SCHOOL COSTS

As a parent, you may be entitled to certain types of financial help, depending on your financial circumstances. In some circumstances, financial help will be dependent on whether your child is of compulsory school age. In other cases, it will depend on what type of school your child is attending, or where your child goes to school.

For more information on help with school costs including meals and travel, visit our GRANTS AND ASSISTANCE section.

Find out more information here 
Source: Citizens Advice

School Uniform Grants in Stockton on Tees
For information on how to access the Uniform Grant Scheme click here
Source: Stockton Borough Council

SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS

If your child has a learning difficulty or a disability which is holding them back at school, they may have special educational needs (SEN).Find out where you can get advice and help for your child and what to do if you're not happy with the support they're getting at school.

Find out more information here
Source: Citizens Advice

SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS- STOCKTON ON TEES

Stockton Borough Council provide a wide range of services for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their families. These services cover support with all aspects of care and development and specialist education support.

Find out more information here
Source: Stockton Borough Council

STOCKTON’S LOCAL OFFER

Stockton’s Local Offer provides information to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities, aged 0 – 25, to help them to understand what services and support, they and their families can expect from a range of local agencies within the local authority and neighbouring area.

Find out more information here
Source: Stockton Information Directory

LEAVING SCHOOL

 

SCHOOL LEAVING AGE

For information on the school leaving age in England click here

Source: Gov.uk

 

2. ADULT EDUCATION

You will find further help preparing financially for university or college in our MANAGING YOUR MONEY section. 

Please click on the links below to be taken to your desired section. 

HIGHER EDUCATION COURSES

Find out how to find a course and apply here
Source: Gov.uk

ADULT EDUCATION IN STOCKTON ON TEES

Our Adult Education Service, Tees Achieve, offers a wide range of learning and apprenticeship training opportunities for adult and post 16 learners across Stockton and the surrounding area.

Find out more information here
Source: Stockton Borough Council

SUPPORT TO HELP YOU STUDY WHEN ILL OR DISABLED

If you’ve become ill or disabled and you have to temporarily stop your studies, it’s possible to take time off without having to give up altogether. And if you’re thinking of starting a new course, you can apply for financial help with the extra costs of being a disabled student.

Find out more information here
Source: Money Advice Service

GENERAL INFORMATION AND SUPPORT FOR ADULT LEARNERS

Help with training and qualifications for people leaving the Armed Forces and veterans
If you are leaving the Armed Forces, or are a veteran, you may be thinking about doing a course to get more qualifications and skills to help you find a job. There is a lot of information and advice available for you, to help you find the right course. You might also be able to get funding, to help with the costs of the course.

For more information click here
Source: Citizens Advice

Learn Direct

Learndirect provides a network of centres across England and Wales where people can learn new skills, gain qualifications and get tutor support. They offer courses and qualifications ranging from English, maths and IT to employability skills as well as vocational qualifications and,in selected locations, apprenticeships.

Learndirect helpline: 0800 101 901
Website: www.learndirect.co.uk

Workers’ Educational Association (WEA)

The Workers’ Education Association has local branches which run day, evening and residential courses and summer schools. Details of the local branches are available from the address above.

Website: www.wea.org.uk

FINANCE

Grants and Bursaries

Adult learners can apply for grants and bursaries to help pay for courses and training. Usually, you don’t have to pay this money back. You can get further information on charities that can assist through our GRANTS AND ASSISTANCE section. 

Find out more information here
Source: Gov.uk

24+ Advanced Learning Loans

If you’re aged 24 or older, you can apply for a loan to help cover tuition fees for courses starting on or after 1 August 2013. You can apply from April 2013. Repayments don't start until April 2016 and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £21,000 a year.

Find out more information here
Source: Gov.uk

 

Discretionary learner support

If you’re aged 19 or over, on a further education course and facing financial hardship, you could get Discretionary Learner Support (DLS) to help with costs.

For information about who is eligible and how to apply click here
Source: Gov.uk

3. HELPFUL TOOLS

We have provided a selection of tools which will assist you with your problem but if you still need help, you can click on FIND LOCAL AGENCIES WHO CAN HELP YOU for information about local agencies who may be able to assist you further.

FAQs

There are currently no Frequently Asked Questions in this section

NATIONAL HELPLINES

ACE (Advisory Centre for Education) Telephone Adviceline

ACE Education Advice and ACE Education Training supports parents and carers of children aged 5-16 in state-funded education in England and Wales.

Telephone: 0300 0115 142

Citizens Advice

Advice by phone is available from Citizens Advice Bureaux 

Telephone: 0344 2451295

The Child Law Advice Line

The Child Law Advice Line provides free legal advice and information on all aspects family, child and education law affecting children and families. The line is open 8.00am to 8.00pm, Monday to Friday, except on bank holidays and the Christmas period.

Telephone: 0808 802 0008

Disabled Students Helpline

This line provides advice to disabled students who are studying in England

Tel: 0800 328 5050

Education: organisations which give information and advice

The help given by these organisations is free, unless otherwise stated. However, most will make a charge for publications.

Find out more information here
Source: Citizens Advice

WEBSITES USED IN THIS SECTION

Ace Education
This page provides a list of links to other organisations that parents may find helpful.
http://www.ace-ed.org.uk/advice-about-education-for-parents

Citizens Advice 
The Adviceguide website is the main public information service of Citizens Advice, providing people with round-the-clock access to CAB information on their rights - including benefits, housing and employment, and on debt, consumer and legal issues.
http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/england.htm

Gov.uk
The websites of all government departments and many other agencies and public bodies 
https://www.gov.uk/#

Disability Rights UK
We are disabled people leading change, working to create a society where everyone with lived experience of disability or health conditions can participate equally as full citizens.
http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/about-us

Money Advice Service
The Money Advice Service helps people manage their money. We do this directly through our own free and impartial advice service. We also work in partnership with other organisations to help people make the most of their money. We are an independent service, set up by government.
www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

Stockton Borough Council 
Local Authority website for the Stockton Borough
www.stockton.gov.uk