Raising education standards across the borough is the aim of Councillor Tamoor Tariq, Bury Council’s new cabinet member for children and families.
He made his first official visit in his new role to Park View Primary School in Prestwich, where he was impressed with the range of facilities on offer.
Cllr Tariq said: “While school heads and governors are responsible for how each school is run, the local authority has a key role to play in driving forward school improvement and I will be working with schools and head teachers to ensure in Bury we are raising the aspirations and ambition of all our children.
“I was delighted to visit Park View Primary, which is an exemplar of good practice in ensuring children have the very best education. I am impressed with how headteacher Mr Stephens has led the school improvement efforts and how every teacher in the school is working to ensure every child is able to achieve.
“I was particularly impressed with the sensory room and the unique facility there is for young people with emotional and behavioural needs. I am looking forward to coming back to Park View in the near future.”
Headteacher David Stephens said: “It was a pleasure to receive a visit from the new cabinet member for children and families in Bury.
“Cllr Tariq attended our celebration assembly, followed by a tour of the school. He interacted with a number of children and staff and witnessed first-hand the hard work, dedication and commitment of our school team. He was particularly impressed with the positive behaviour of our children and the enjoyment they derive through exciting learning opportunities, which has a real impact in helping to raise standards.
“At Park View, we are committed to offering the best possible education to each and every child in order for them to achieve their full potential. Cllr Tariq regarded our sensory and therapeutic provision for those children with additional needs as a highly valuable resource that helps to remove barriers to learning and makes a real difference.”
Congratulations to all the girl guides who work so hard making up comfort bags for relatives staying with our end of life patients in our hospitals in Oldham, Bury, Rochdale and North Manchester.
The girl guides have won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award given to UK volunteer groups, equivalent to the MBE.
The idea for introducing the comfort bags at out hospitals was championed at the NCA by Assistant Director of Nursing Fiona Murphy MBE who worked closely with a team of volunteers and the girl guides on the idea.
Fiona said: “It is hugely important that we celebrate this award given to the girl guides for the comfort bags they make for us. What a fantastic achievement, and thoroughly deserved. The comfort bags make a massive difference to relatives who have a much-loved family member nearing the end of their life.”
The Swan model of end of life and bereavement care is used to support and guide the care of patients and their loved ones that we care for at the end of life and after they have died. Find out more on our website here: www.pat.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/swan-model-of-care.htm
Swan offers dedicated support to patients in the last days of life and to their families into bereavement and beyond.
The Swan scheme is a national scheme which is present in 47 Trusts up and down the country. It was set up by Assistant Director of Nursing, Fiona Murphy MBE.
Swan Comfort bags contain travel size toiletries and essentials for end of life patients, their relatives and those important to them.
Recognising that relatives and friends may not want to leave their loved one to freshen up, these bags are gifted as a gesture of compassion at this difficult time.