This is your time to shine! We have an exciting competition for all Kent Children in Care. We want you to show off your creativity and ideas by creating a piece of art with the theme of Autumn. This could be anything from woodland animals to leaves falling off the trees, or things you like to do in the autumn.Read more: Art Competition for Kent Children in Care
Exam results day can be nerve wracking but our staff are available to offer guidance and support to young people, carers and social workers. We can help guide you through the options that are available to you and support your transition into sixth form or a new setting.Read more: GCSE Results Guidance 2017
The Nurture Group Network exists to promote the development of nurture groups and to ensure the continuing quality of their delivery through accredited training programmes, research on effective practice, relevant publications and information exchange. Its aim is to make the nurture group approach available to all pupils who need it and also to ensure that the connections between learning and early development are understood throughout education.Read more: VSK Nurture Group Training Accreditation - Congratulations Amanda!
The 18+ Leaving Care Service are supporting drop-in services in Youth Hubs across the County providing information, advice and support or a place to hang out with friends. So pop along to see how the Youth Hub services can support you.Read more: Youth Hubs - Support for Care Leavers in Kent
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’
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