Planning responsibly for our children’s future

Kent County Council continues to provide the increasing number of school places needed for the growing number of families in the county. Roger Gough Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “Demand for school places has been growing for the last five years. More than 10,000 primary places have already been provided by the…

Kent County Council apprentices win awards

Four apprentices working for Kent County Council have each won Apprentice of the Year Awards for their various areas of work. The awards, which recognise the significant contribution the apprentices make to the council, were presented by KCC Leader Paul Carter in a ceremony at County Hall, attended by the recipients, their families and managers.…

Reassuring parents about asbestos in schools

Following a recent news article, Kent County Council would like to reassure parents who might be concerned about the potential dangers of asbestos in school buildings. The health and safety of all children in Kent schools is our top priority and we are confident there is no risk to children who attend a school which…

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Kent schools outrank UK results

In a recent interview with Theresa May, BBC‘s Nick Robinson made reference to Kent schools during a discussion about grammar schools. Saying: “The highest number of underperforming schools in the UK is in Kent where they have grammar schools.”  This couldn’t be further from the truth. This was a rather clumsy use of statistics because Kent is also…

Top Kent nurseries and pre-schools celebrated

Nine nurseries and pre-schools from across Kent have been honoured with a prestigious ‘Threads of Success’ Improvement and Achievement Award. Gillian Cawley, Director Education, Quality and Standards at Kent County Council presented the awards at a recent ceremony in Maidstone. The Award recognises the commitment to continually improve standards. It requires and enables practitioners to…

Kent Test results day

More than 14,300 children who sat the Kent Test kent.gov.uk/kenttest last month will find out if they have been assessed for grammar or high school over the next day or two. Kent County Council will email families who registered online for the test after 4pm on Thursday 13 October with their child’s assessment result. However, the…

Early years toolkit wins award

Kent County Council’s Early Years and Childcare Service has scooped a nationally recognised Nursery World Award for one of its innovative products, Enhancing Family Involvement in Children’s Learning (EFICL) Toolkit. The EFICL Toolkit includes many resources to support Early Years providers and Children’s Centres to work more closely with families to improve and enhance their…

Grammar school annexe for Kent

After four years of campaigning, a significant milestone has been reached for selective education in the UK as building work starts on a grammar school annexe in Kent. The grammar school provision in Sevenoaks is an annexe of the Weald of Kent Grammar School, in Tonbridge. Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council, said: “This…

Kent schools smash national levels

As the new school year kicks off, Kent families can be reassured that standards in the county’s schools continue to improve and are performing better than the national level. The percentage of Kent schools now rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted stands at 89%, compared with 84% nationally. In August 2015 82% were good or…