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Kent council team wins prestigious award in national adoption week

Kent County Council’s post adoption support team has scooped a national award for their work. The team, which consists of clinicians from a variety of clinical and social work backgrounds, won the Excellence in Adoption Practice Award for the specialist support that they provide to families formed through adoption. The…

New move to encourage more social mobility in Kent schools

Kent County Council’s Scrutiny Committee has established the Pupil Premium Select Committee. The topic was proposed for consideration by Shellina Prendergast, Deputy Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education. The Select Committee will be investigating the use of all types of Pupil Premium across the education sector in Kent.…

Second Anniversary Service of the Gurkha Memorial Statue

The second anniversary service of the Gurkha memorial statue took place in the Garden of Remembrance in Folkestone. The Vice-Chairman of Kent County Council, Mike Angell, joined with His Excellency the Ambassador of Nepal, Dr Durga Bahadur Subedi, in laying a wreath of remembrance at the Memorial Statue. During the…

Trading Standards officer wins national award for tackling underage drinking

Neil Butcher of Kent Trading Standards has won a national award for his work tackling underage drinking. He received the Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) Award for Outstanding Contribution from Craig Mackinlay MP for South Thanet at the Westminster launch of the CAP 2017 Impact Report on October 10. Craig Mackinlay…

KCC Highways is closing Tonbridge Road in Pembury

KCC Highways has closed Tonbridge Road, Pembury to northbound traffic from the Tunbridge Wells Hospital entrance to the Longfield Road junction to enable works to safely be carried out in preparation to construct a new footway/cycleway. That section of road remained open to southbound traffic coming from Longfield Road junction,…

More than 91% of Kent schools have been rated good or outstanding

With the autumn term now well under way, Kent County Council is pleased to announce that more than 91% of Kent’s schools are currently rated good or outstanding by Ofsted. In Early Years settings the figure is particularly high – at 97%. In primary schools it’s 92% while 90% of…

“Watching them grow up… the thought of them not being together is unimaginable”

For many children in care, their brother or sister may have been the one constant presence in their lives. They may be the only person who truly understands and shares their experiences and can help them make sense of their new lives. That’s why in National Adoption Week 2017 Kent…

‘Big decisions needed’ as KCC balances the books

The Leader of Kent County Council has warned that big decisions will be needed in almost every area of the council’s activities to deliver a further £64 million of savings in next year’s budget (2018/19) After six years of significant funding cuts from central government, Paul Carter has appealed to…

KCC achieving better outcomes for residents, business and communities

Kent County Council’s strategic statement annual report for 2017 shows the authority is continuing to improve outcomes for residents and businesses and actively address the challenging times ahead. Overall the majority of KCC’s outcomes are improving or maintaining in the last year and improving over three years. Among the successes…

Belgian MPs visit Kent schools to learn about Children’s University

Belgian MPs visited schools in Gravesham and Dartford to find out about Kent Children’s University (KCU) as they investigate ways to inspire children through learning opportunities outside normal school hours. A delegation of the Assembly of the Flemish Community Commission went to Westcourt Primary School in Gravesend and Temple Hill…