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
Please complete the VSK Rewards Nomination Form 2017/18 for any Kent child or young person in care that you feel should be considered for an award in one of our six 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.
The deadline for nominations to be received is Friday 20th July 2018Read more: The VSK Rewards Nominations are open!
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
National Citizen Service (NCS) is an experience you really don’t want to miss. If you’re 15 to 17 years-old, this is your chance to embark on exhilarating challenges, make your mark and build skills for work and life. More than 275,000 young people have already said YES to NCS. Don’t. Miss. Out.Read more: Don't miss your chance to do NCS!
Satellite Clubs run by Kent Sport are extensions of community sports clubs or physical activity sessions which are established in a venue, usually a secondary school or college and specifically targeting the 14-19 age group. They aim to offer sport and physical activity in a way that young people want to receive it. There are a wide variety of activities with something for everyone - full list of courses availableRead more: Are you aged 14-19 and interested in cheerleading, parkour, judo, table tennis and much much more