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…

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…

Outstanding double award success for The Education People

Kent Supported Employment, part of the Specialist Employment Service in The Education People, has been awarded Team of the Year at the British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) annual, national conference. The service supports over 200 new clients per year in seeking, finding and sustaining employment using the supported employment model; working closely with employers…

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…