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West Sussex kids encouraged to fight plastic pollution

Children across West Sussex will be taking part in the challenge which aims to motivate young people and their families to reduce plastic use and recycle.

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Primary school children in West Sussex are being invited to fight plastic pollution in the environment by taking part in a global Plastic Planet Challenge.

UK based environmental education organisation Wastebuster has teamed up with Recycle Now to launch the challenge which is designed to motivate young people and their families to reduce plastic use and recycle.

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West Sussex County Council, as a member of the West Sussex Waste Partnership, is backing the challenge and is urging all of its primary schools to take part.

Schools can access a range of great resources to explore plastic and recycling in the classroom and will be invited to ask their children to design a plastic pollution poster. The winning designs will be made into a customised design on a refillable drinking water bottle.

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, and Chair of the West Sussex Waste Partnership members group, Deborah Urquhart, said:

“Reducing and recycling plastic is such an important issue for so many people at the moment so this challenge has come at the right time.

“The Plastic Planet Challenge is a fun and engaging way for children to find out how they can prevent plastic pollution and motivate their families to do the same.”

In addition, the West Sussex Waste Partnership will be selecting their favourite designs from the West Sussex entries and award the winners with the following prizes:

  • Key Stage 1 –  composting/gardening kit for the winners class,
  • Key Stage 2 – a fully funded trip for a year group, to their state-of-the-art recycling facility, based in Ford (includes transport).

Schools can find out more about the challenge by visiting www.wastebuster.global

Deborah added:

“In West Sussex we are recycling more than ever, and by encouraging children to take part in this challenge we hope to continue this trend and inspire the next generation to take care of the environment and prevent plastic pollution in years to come.”

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Crawley pupils told they can either accept, use mock grades or take exam when results are announced this week

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West Sussex pupils will receive their A/AS Level and GCSE grades over the next week in very different circumstances this year.

The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic denied students the chance to sit any of their final exams. They will instead be given calculated grades based on an assessment of a range of their work.

The Department for Education yesterday announced that pupils will be given the option to accept their calculated grade, appeal to receive their mock results if higher, or sit an optional autumn written exam.

Many will be celebrating getting what they need to further their education or training and others will be getting ready to enter employment. As ever there will be those who didn’t get the grades needed or are unsure about what to do next – and for these young people help is available to them from the careers advice service run by West Sussex County Council.

Tania Corn is one of the council’s careers advisors on hand to offer guidance.

Tania said:

“If you receive your results and they’re not what you were expecting or you’re unsure what to do next, it can all feel a bit scary or overwhelming. It’s good to talk things through to see what direction to go in.

“Please do call or email the careers team. You’ll be able to register and receive one-to-one support from one of our advisors. They’ll be able to discuss your situation and help you consider your options.”

A/AS Level results day takes place on 13 August 2020 with GSCE results day a week later on 20 August.

The DfE has announced that it won’t publish results from English schools as normal later this year, including results from primary schools, and confirmed that 2020 grades won’t count in measuring a school’s performance.

Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:

“The pandemic has been tough on so many and for young people aged 16 to 18, it has come at a crucial time in their education.

“Much hard work will have gone into preparing to sit final exams, so I thank these young people for being so adaptable, and their schools for supporting them so well. They have even been denied the tradition of going into school to collect results and say goodbye to teachers and classmates.

“These young people have shown remarkable resilience which will stand them in good stead for the future. I cannot thank them, and their teachers enough for all their hard work and flexibility during what has been such a disruptive time.

“I hope that those in need of some guidance get in touch with our careers advisors, who are there to help them.”

You can contact the careers team by calling 0330 222 2700 or email careersadvice@westsussex.gov.uk

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