School dog boosts children’s confidence, helps them learn to read and enhances their development

Having a furry, four-legged member of staff with a friendly wagging tail makes school extra enjoyable for children, but it also has huge benefits in terms of youngsters’ development. Maypole Primary School in Dartford is one of a growing number of schools across Kent, and indeed the country, that is realising the benefits of introducing…

Kent Fire and Rescue Service issues update on Margate fire

Kent County Council’s partner, Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS), has issued an update on the ongoing fire at Westwood industrial estate in Margate. The blaze, which started more than a week ago on Saturday, September 15, is expected to require firefighters to have a presence on site until late October. Today KFRS released two videos offering…

Term-time holidays fines fall

The number of fines issued to parents for taking their children out of Kent schools has reduced again this year. From September 2016 to July 2017, 1,221 parents were fined for unauthorised absences, compared to 3,504 in 2015/16 and 4,726 in 2014/15. The drop is as a result in a change of policy to prosecute…