National Primary Offer Day 2021

Families in Kent will find out today which primary school their child has been offered for September 2021. Just over a month after schools reopened to all pupils following the latest COVID-19 lockdown, the 17,572 families who applied for a place at a Kent school will receive their offers via email or online. Of the…

Families reminded to register all eligible children and young people for Free School Meals ahead of the Easter holidays

Parents and carers whose children may be eligible to receive Free School Meals due to the family’s financial circumstances are being urged to apply for them ahead of the upcoming April school holidays, even if their child is in Years R, 1 or 2. The Government announced this month that it was extending the Covid…

Ambitious KCC-led community programme will help children and young people reconnect with their pre-Covid-19 lives

Kent County Council is preparing to lead an ambitious community-based programme of activities, to help children and young people reconnect with their pre-Covid-19 lives. The Reconnect: Kent Children and Young People Programme will be available to every child and young person in Kent, from early years through to the end of secondary school and onto…

National Secondary Offer Day 2021

As schools prepare to reopen to all pupils following the latest COVID-19 lockdown, thousands of children have found out which secondary school they’ve been offered a place at for September. More than 95% of pupils will receive an offer from one of their preferred schools this National Secondary Offer Day. The number of schools families…

National Apprenticeship Week: Share apprenticeship levy to help small businesses and boost the economy

As National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close, businesses in Kent are being reminded to continue sharing their apprenticeship levy to help the economy recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a large employer, Kent County Council pays an apprenticeship levy to the Government and, in return, receives levy funds to spend on…

Government reviews nursery funding guidance during lockdown after KCC letter

UPDATE PUBLISHED ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2021: Government guidance has been updated after Kent County Council’s Leader and Cabinet Member for Education and Skills wrote to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families expressing concern over early years funding during lockdown. Richard Long, Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:…

Kent County Council gives more than 31,000 food vouchers to vulnerable families ahead of Christmas

Kent County Council has issued more than 31,000 food vouchers to vulnerable families ahead of the December school holidays to help them feed their children over the festive period. The council set up a scheme last month to provide food vouchers to the families of children who are eligible to receive benefits-related Free School Meals.…

Targeted drive to test all Kent secondary-aged pupils and their families for COVID-19

Kent County Council is supporting the Government’s targeted drive to test all of Kent’s secondary-age children, and their families, for COVID-19. The Government announced the scheme for Kent, Essex and parts of London in a bid to combat a rapid increase in cases among the 11-18 age group in these areas by identifying asymptomatic cases…