Kids in charge for the day

Kent school children are being asked to come up with ideas of what they would do if they were a teacher for the day. The best idea will be created and put into action in a school, filmed and used to help champion teaching as a career. The idea is part of a new campaign…

Primary offer day – 97% offered school of their choice

A record number, 97% of Kent children will be offered one of their preferred primary schools on Primary offer day 18 April. This is the highest recorded percentage achieved since coordinated primary admissions began. 16,855 children will receive a school of their preference with 15,429 being offered their first preference school, nearly a 2% improvement on…

HeadStart Kent – Big conversation for young people

More than 100 Secondary school pupils from schools across Kent, met together to join the ‘big conversation’ about mental health in young people. The event, hosted by Big Lottery Funded HeadStart Kent programme, gave students information on improving their mental health with workshops leading up to a big debate. Workshops with a practical element gave an…

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…