Whether you’ve recently left school, are still studying, about to start on an apprenticeship or thinking about university, this course is for you.
This free course, Managing my money for young adults, covers everything you need to know to get you started on the new and exciting financial journey that lies ahead. It offers practical tips on what to start doing now and to continue doing as you progress on your chosen path.Read more: Managing my money for 16-18 year olds
On 19th October we held the fourth annual Post 16 Awards Ceremony to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our young people – the event was a fantastic evening with over 40 young people attending, supported by their friends, carers, social workers and personal advisers. The evening took an Oscars theme, with red carpet, photo screen, popcorn, sports activities and buffet.Read more: Honouring our outstanding Post16 Students
The Foster Care Partnership award goes to a member of staff from VSK, who has provided extensive support to the Fostering Service and our children and young people over the last year and we are delighted that Jo Carpenter has been recognised for her hard work and contribution supporting children in care.Read more: Foster Care Partnership Award 2017 - Congratulations Jo Carpenter!
On the 14th September people from all across Kent gathered for a conference with The Nurture Group Network. Jo Kelly and Amanda Ormond from VSK presented on the Nurture Project that VSK have been undertaking with primary and secondary schools across North Kent – and why Nurture Groups can be so effective for Children in Care / Vulnerable children.Read more: VSK Conference: Nurture in Practice Mini Meet
On 17th September Virtual School Kent held its 7th annual awards ceremony to celebrate the academic and personal achievements of children in care.
210 young people in care and care leavers received awards at the ceremony attended by carers, social workers, parents and council members. The awards were for various academic and personal achievements, ranging from excellent GCSE results to excelling in karate.Read more: VSK Awards 2017 - Honouring our Outstanding Students
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?
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’
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