Our Summer 2018 newsletters are packed full of useful information and updates from across the team. We hope you enjoy reading them.Read more: Read the latest editions of our newsletters......
On Thursday the 28th June, Kent welcomed representatives from other Local Authorities across England to hear how they could make a difference for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and Young People. Utilising Kent’s experience with the young people, we aimed to share and focus our minds towards achieving excellent placement, educational and well-being outcomes and community integration.Read more: Conference: Making a Difference for UASC - June 2018
During the last year our North and West Kent localities have been involved in a pilot project with Kent Children’s University.Read more: Kent Children's University - Pilot Project in North and West Kent
The deadline for nominations to be received is Friday 14th September 2018Read more: Post16 VSK Rewards Nominations
Children aged 4-11 are invited to join the Summer Reading Challenge in all Kent’s libraries, from 14 July to 15 September. The theme for 2018 is Mischief Makers; celebrating the 80th anniversary of the much loved comic, Beano.
Children taking part in the Challenge will follow clues to explore their colourful collector’s map of Beanotown; meeting Dennis, Gnasher and friends along the way. As children read library books, they will collect special stickers to help them find the mysterious buried treasure.
It’s FREE and it’s FUN!Read more: Mischief Makers – the Summer Reading Challenge coming to Kent libraries
Students are invited to attend the looked after children non-residential Summer School taking place from the 13th to 14th August 2018 at Canterbury Christ Church University campus. As you may be aware the number of students applying to university, who have come from a care background, is very low and this event aims to offer students a chance to come and experience University life in full.Read more: Canterbury Christ Church University LAC Summer School 2018
The step to higher education is daunting for everyone – but for those who come from a care background it can be even more so. That’s why UCAS have developed a care leavers toolkit of resources to help professionals support students in care.
Here are their top ten tips:Read more: UCAS's Tips for Those Supporting Young People in Care
CreativeMe is an exciting writing competition run by Pearson Publishing which celebrates the creativity of children and young people in care. Entrants can submit poems and short stories on any theme or topic and winners received a book token and certificate.
Congratulations to Matt on his winning entry…..Read more: CreativeMe Writing Competition 2018 - Congratulations Matt!
When I first met the student, they were on roll at a pupil referral unit after leaving a mainstream school. Attendance at the unit was very poor, the student was late to school, leaving the site before the school day was over or not attending at all. Finding the environment very challenging when trying to learn and on most occasions deciding not to engage, the student would leave the classroom as they were motivated to learn but struggled to channel this into constructive activity.Read more: CASE STUDY: Making a difference for a young person in care
It’s great to see this Training Project developing across the County and well done to those who have already taken part. Six North Kent schools are getting ready to set up their Nurture Groups ready for this September – and nine schools from the South Kent area completed their three day training just before the Easter break. So these folk are now beginning their coursework and we wish them luck!Read more: UPDATE: VSKs Nurture Group Training Project