Council leader unveils his new Cabinet

The Leader of Kent County Council, Roger Gough, has announced the appointment of his new top team following the local elections on May 6. The new cabinet members appointed today (Friday) are, in alphabetical order: Clair Bell – Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health David Brazier – Cabinet Member for Highways and…

National Primary Offer Day 2021

Families in Kent will find out today which primary school their child has been offered for September 2021. Just over a month after schools reopened to all pupils following the latest COVID-19 lockdown, the 17,572 families who applied for a place at a Kent school will receive their offers via email or online. Of the…

Ambitious KCC-led community programme will help children and young people reconnect with their pre-Covid-19 lives

Kent County Council is preparing to lead an ambitious community-based programme of activities, to help children and young people reconnect with their pre-Covid-19 lives. The Reconnect: Kent Children and Young People Programme will be available to every child and young person in Kent, from early years through to the end of secondary school and onto…

National Secondary Offer Day 2021

As schools prepare to reopen to all pupils following the latest COVID-19 lockdown, thousands of children have found out which secondary school they’ve been offered a place at for September. More than 95% of pupils will receive an offer from one of their preferred schools this National Secondary Offer Day. The number of schools families…

Government reviews nursery funding guidance during lockdown after KCC letter

UPDATE PUBLISHED ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2021: Government guidance has been updated after Kent County Council’s Leader and Cabinet Member for Education and Skills wrote to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families expressing concern over early years funding during lockdown. Richard Long, Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:…

Education Secretary sets out school contingency plans

Speaking after Education Secretary Gavin Williamson addressed the House of Commons to update on the return to school in January, Richard Long, Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “The Government has today announced that the majority of secondary school pupils will learn remotely for an additional week after the current school…

Kent County Council gives more than 31,000 food vouchers to vulnerable families ahead of Christmas

Kent County Council has issued more than 31,000 food vouchers to vulnerable families ahead of the December school holidays to help them feed their children over the festive period. The council set up a scheme last month to provide food vouchers to the families of children who are eligible to receive benefits-related Free School Meals.…

Kent Test results day

Families will soon find out how their child did in the Kent Test when Kent County Council releases results this afternoon. This year, 15,634 children took the Kent Test, which was delayed by roughly a month to accommodate the impact of COVID-19 and in particular the period from late March this year when schools were closed…

Kent County Council gives almost 20,000 food vouchers to families to help feed children during half-term

Kent County Council has given almost 20,000 food vouchers to vulnerable families to help them feed their children during the half-term holiday. The council, along with its partners, has already supported thousands of residents through the Kent Together helpline and webpage since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and this service will continue. However, last…