Outstanding double award success for The Education People

Kent Supported Employment, part of the Specialist Employment Service in The Education People, has been awarded Team of the Year at the British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) annual, national conference. The service supports over 200 new clients per year in seeking, finding and sustaining employment using the supported employment model; working closely with employers…

HeadStart Kent – Big Conversation for Young People

More than 100 secondary school pupils from schools and colleges across Kent met together to join the ‘Big Conversation’ about mental health in young people on Wednesday, March 21. The event, organised by Big Lottery Fund-supported HeadStart Kent, gave students information on improving their mental health, with workshops leading up to a big debate. Workshops…

Kent county council bids to the housing infrastructure fund

Kent County Council recognises the demonstrable need for new housing within the county and continues to lobby government for its support to deliver vital infrastructure supporting suitably located, high quality development across Kent. On the 4th July 2017, the Department for Communities and Local Government launched the £2.3 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to unlock…

Term-time holidays fines fall

The number of fines issued to parents for taking their children out of Kent schools has reduced again this year. From September 2016 to July 2017, 1,221 parents were fined for unauthorised absences, compared to 3,504 in 2015/16 and 4,726 in 2014/15. The drop is as a result in a change of policy to prosecute…

KCC members vote for increase in allowances

Kent County Council today reviewed the remuneration for its 81 councillors, which has been frozen since 2008. In addition to the eight year freeze, councillors voluntarily took a further cut of 1.5% in their basic remuneration and a 5.4% cut for those with special responsibilities in 2009 which, until today, remained in place. Today, the…

Kent Early Years and Childcare Service scoop second national award

Kent County Council’s Early Years and Childcare Service has scooped a second nationally recognised award for one of its innovative products, the ‘Enhancing Family Involvement in Children’s Learning (EFICL) Toolkit – Pathways to Excellence’. In 2016 the EFICL toolkit was also awarded the Nursery World Award for ‘Best Staff Resource’ and we are delighted that…