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…

‘We’ll work with schools to ensure Kent students’ education is not impacted by Covid-19′

Richard Long, Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “Colleagues and I are very aware of serious concerns in Kent, and indeed throughout the country, about the A level and other post-16 qualifications results students received yesterday. Discussions with schools and initial feedback from head teachers suggest there are many groups of…

National Primary Offer Day 2020

More than 97% of children in Kent will find out today that they have been offered a place at one of the primary schools their family named on their application form. A total of 17,855 pupils applied for a primary school place in Kent for September 2020 (17,411 from Kent and 444 out of county…

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…