Cabinet Member urges Government to commit more funding for disadvantaged pupils

Shellina Prendergast, Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, has sent the following letter to The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, Secretary of State for Education, urging the Government to commit more funding to support the education of disadvantaged pupils who have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.   Dear Secretary…

Families reminded to register all eligible children and young people for Free School Meals ahead of the May half-term holidays

Parents and carers whose children may be eligible to receive Free School Meals due to the family’s financial circumstances are being urged to apply for them ahead of the upcoming May school holidays, even if their child is in Years R, 1 or 2. The Government announced this month that it was extending its grant…

Families reminded to register all eligible children and young people for Free School Meals ahead of the Easter holidays

Parents and carers whose children may be eligible to receive Free School Meals due to the family’s financial circumstances are being urged to apply for them ahead of the upcoming April school holidays, even if their child is in Years R, 1 or 2. The Government announced this month that it was extending the Covid…

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 County Council plans to give food vouchers to eligible families this Christmas

Kent County Council is developing proposals to provide food vouchers to the families of children who are eligible to receive benefits-related Free School Meals ahead of the December school holidays. The scheme would be part of a wider range of measures to help the lowest income households with food and fuel costs over winter. Following…

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…