Kent Local Area SEND plan given thumbs up by education and health chiefs

Education and health bosses have voiced their approval for plans for future SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) provision in Kent. Kent County Council and the NHS submitted a joint Written Statement of Action (WSoA) to Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) and the CQC (Care Quality Commission), which has now been…

Schools Award for Resilience and Emotional Wellbeing

Schools in Kent are now able to apply for a Kent School Award for Resilience and Emotional Wellbeing, which recognises and celebrates everything they do to support young people’s emotional wellbeing through the whole school approach. The first two schools to succeed in their application are Homewood School in Tenterden and Westlands School in Sittingbourne.…

KCC employee wins national award for plan to tackle effects of child poverty

A Kent County Council employee has won a national award for his plan to tackle the educational impact of child poverty during the school summer holidays. Rob Comber, a Service Development Manager in the council’s Children, Young People and Education directorate, was crowned winner of the 10th annual LGA (Local Government Association) Local Government Challenge…

Date set for inaugural Kent and Medway Apprentice Graduation Ceremony

A group of Kent and Medway partners is delighted to invite businesses, training providers and apprentices to the first Kent Apprentice Graduation Ceremony at Rochester Cathedral on Friday, October 4. Thousands of organisations are now employing apprentices. With the desire to recognise and celebrate apprentices’ achievement akin to that of a University graduate, work is…

Swift actions taken and improvements planned in response to SEND inspection

Swift actions have already been taken to improve care for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), following a critical letter from Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) and the CQC (Care Quality Commission). Kent County Council and the NHS are working together on a joint strategy to improve care…

National secondary school offer day

More than 95% of children will receive an offer from one of their four preferences after more families than ever before applied for a secondary school place in Kent. A total of 21,473 applications were received, up 3.58% on last year’s cohort, while the number of Kent applicants rose from 17,442 in 2018 to 17,959…

Kent young person speaks at HeadStart parliamentary event on mental health

A teenager from Kent has spoken in Parliament about her own mental health struggles and the importance of involving young people in shaping and improving the services that support them. On Tuesday, February 5, four young people, from Folkestone, Ashford and The Canterbury High School, attended a Parliamentary event on the mental health of young…