Tackling skills shortages in Kent

Kent County Council is endeavouring to help tackle the shortage of particular skills in Kent business by bringing together eight employer guilds to encourage young people to work in these industries. Employers met with training colleges and schools on Tuesday 21 March to highlight the issues at a conference which was the first of its…

National secondary school offer day

Again this year, more children than ever have applied for a place in a Kent secondary school, with 19,442 applications received, an increase of 645 since 2016. Roger Gough, KCC’s Cabinet Member for education and health reform, said: “As we predicted, this has proved Kent’s most challenging year due to record numbers of applicants. “In spite of the…

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…