Here we will explore topics in depth, discuss real life case studies that practitioners are experiencing, and do our best to provide answers to questions or issues you are experiencing in your setting. In addition to this, we will keep you up to date on current research, keep you informed on what NGN is doing on the ground and we will help you to sharpen up your skills with hands on activities that you can take straight back into your setting. Join us for what promises to be a truly nurturing day.Read more: Have booked your place at the Nurture in Practice Mini Meet?
Every day Kent foster carers provide very good care for many children and on occasions this care is exceptional. These awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate some of the excellent and remarkable work undertaken by foster carers and fostering staff in Kent.Read more: The Foster Care Appreciation Award Nominations Are Now Open!
Please complete the Post16 VSK Rewards Nomination Form 2016/17 for any Kent children in care and young care leavers in Years 12 and above that you feel should be considered for an award in one of our seven categories. A separate form needs to be completed for each child you wish to nominate and you must fully explain the contribution or improvement that has been seen over the past academic year. We won’t be able to consider nominations if they just have something like ‘yes’ or ‘excellent’ in the box; we need the story behind. The deadline for nominations to be received is Friday 8th September 2017.Read more: Post16 VSK Rewards Nominations
Understanding the world of Post 16 can be a daunting task for any young person, but for Children in Care and Care Leavers, this can be even more challenging. The Virtual Schools of Kent and Medway work closely with the local colleges and universities to help make this transition as smooth as possible for you and have put together a booklet detailing the support available.Read more: What Support do Colleges and Universities in Kent & Medway offer CiC and YCL?
This puts our children’s services among the top 30 per cent in the country and recognises that we have made substantial improvements since our previous inspection, despite some difficult challenges along the way.
Importantly it also recognises the hard work of our amazing Children in Care and Care Leavers, the work of VSK and partner services/ professionals in improving academic and wider outcomes as well as providing opportunities to have fun and share their voice.Read more: Ofsted has rated our Children’s Services as ‘good’
The NSPCC have updated their #ShareAware campaign with new resources to enable parents and carers to ‘untangle’ the online world and to help them to teach the children to be ‘Share Aware’.Read more: NSPCC launch new tools to help parents ensure children are ‘#shareaware’
This summer, libraries everywhere are encouraging children to help solve a mystery. The annual Summer Reading Challenge, for ages 4-11, encourages children to have fun reading over the summer holidays. In All Kent Libraries from 15 July – 16 September It’s FREE and it’s FUN!Read more: 2017 Summer Reading Challenge for children aged 4-11
VSK are aiming to have their work recognised through the Investor in Careers Award, showing how we work in partnership with various team and educational providers to support our young people in developing and realising their career paths.Read more: Time to aim for the Investor in Careers Award!
The Adoptables School Toolkit was created by adopted young people aged 13 to 25 with specialist educators from Coram Life Education. It explores the issues highlighted by the young people as particularly sensitive or challenging, such as friendships, relationships, family, certain lesson topics, and also what they would like teachers to know.Read more: Adoptables School Toolkit: Adopted Children
The Virtual School Kent Post16 Team have been working in collaboration with the 18+ Service, Colleagues within the Education Directorate and within Corporate Parenting to develop a new policy that identifies how we will work together to support those in Key Stage 4 and above transition into Education, Training and Employment. The policy includes resources for professionals to use when working with a young person to help them identify possible options for them as they move into Key Stage 5.Read more: Education, Training and Employment Policy - KS4 and Beyond