Offer to Kent Schools and Early Years Providers

On 1st September 2018, The Education People became responsible for the delivery of the following education services previously provided directly by Kent County Council, along with all associated marketing, sales and billing activity:

  • Early Years and Childcare
  • Education Safeguarding
  • Governor Services
  • Inclusion Support Service
  • Outdoor Learning
  • Primary School Improvement
  • Professional Development
  • Schools Financial Service
  • Secondary School Improvement
  • Skills and Employability
  • Specialist Employment

The free offer to Kent schools and early years and childcare providers from The Education People on behalf of Kent County Council is outlined below.

Kent Schools - Offer

As a Kent maintained school or academy you can expect to receive the following each year, by service:

Every school will be eligible to receive:

  • Advice, support and challenge, via telephone and email, on safeguarding issues including escalation of professional concerns
  • Representation on behalf of education providers at multi-agency groups and panels
  • Support or, potentially, challenge at child protection meetings if appropriate
  • An exemplar up to date Child Protection policy and Acceptable Use Policy for education providers to adapt and make specific to their own school to help them meet their statutory and non-statutory guidance and procedures
  • Support from the Education Safeguarding Service as the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Education on behalf of the Local Authority in times of crisis and unexpected critical incidents, for example attendance at Early Response meetings following the unexpected death of a child who attends school

Every school will be eligible to receive:

  • The 'Governor Magazine' electronically

Local Authority maintained schools will also receive:

  • Advice, guidance and model documents for the parent and staff governor election process and Local Authority Governor appointment and removal processes
  • Telephone and email support regarding statutory and legislative responsibilities
  • Compliant instrument of government for governing bodies
  • Support to allow governing bodies to federate, de-federate, collaborate and amalgamate, if required
  • Support for governing bodies in challenging circumstances, as agreed with School Improvement and in line with Schools Causing Concern legislation

Every school will be eligible to receive:

  • Advice and guidance, via an email and telephone help desk, on the impact of the Equality Act on their roles and responsibilities.

Every school will be eligible to receive:

  • District-level primary head teacher briefings 3 times a year
  • Visits for schools with Specialist Resource Provision to provide advice and support
  • An SEN Governor update annually
  • Training on national end of key stage 2 assessment requirements
  • Moderation of end of key stage 2 assessment

The Education People will also work with school to school support networks including, KAH, Kent Special Education Needs Trust and the Teaching School Alliance by identifying countywide school improvement priorities.

Local Authority maintained schools will also receive:

  • Up to 3 days support for governors with headteacher recruitment, including meeting and advising the appointment panel, shortlisting and attending selection
  • An action plan and support if they fall into the ‘Schools Causing Concern’ category
  • Support to SACRE partners
  • Visits to monitor, advise and support the school to improve, based on categorisation by the service:
    • Green = 2 visits per year
    • Amber = 3 visits per year
    • Red = 8 visits per year
  • Support for PRU Management committees
  • PRU headteacher network meetings

Local Authority maintained schools will be eligible to receive:

  • Telephone and email support in relation to statutory responsibilities
  • Financial updates, including Bursars and Finance staff meetings
  • Analysis and feedback on all statutory returns including the provision of standardised excel templates for non-BPS users
  • Uploading of the year-end accounts to the DfE
  • Financial training, either classroom-based, webinars or e-learning
  • Compliance visits to support financial assurance, including a follow up report, at least once every four years
  • Reimbursement of VAT
  • Loan support, including information on applying for and arrangement of payments
  • Support if in financial difficulty, including agreeing a deficit recovery plan
  • Corporate bank account and card schemes
  • Financial test for headteachers during the recruitment process
  • Information on applying for redundancy payments

Every school will be eligible to receive:

  • Support to track the September Guarantee and destination tracking data
  • Support the post 16 online application process for young people in year 11
  • Support to develop appropriate programmes and events to ensure an effective post 16 transition
  • Support to implement the National Careers Strategy
  • Access to Careers and Enterprise Coordinators who work across the county to support careers advisers with training and links to local employers
  • Access to careers engagement events across the county


Support with Apprenticeships, including:

  • The apprenticeship levy and support to provide your own apprenticeships and access appropriate training providers
  • Apprenticeship Kent website
  • Real time support for young people applying to apprenticeships via live chat and helplines
  • Employer links to support pathways to employment including pre-apprenticeship, internship and apprenticeship opportunities
  • Specialist advice and guidance to young people in school – 4 hours per year made up from the following list:
    • Apprenticeship presentation covering what an apprenticeship is, the types available, how to apply and application advice
    • Higher apprenticeship presentation covering a comparison to university, the types available, how to apply and application advice
    • Student support including signposting to websites, signing students up to apprenticeship sites and group/individual discussions
    • One to one student meetings including a discussion about the apprenticeship options, signposting to relevant websites and employers, application advice and research on apprenticeships available in their sector of interest
    • Q&A session, possibly after a presentation or a separate visit when students have prepared questions
    • Attendance at careers events/parents’ evenings including a stand, advice for parents and students about apprenticeships
    • Small group sessions on specific topics, for example opportunity awareness, CV writing and ready to work

Every school will be eligible to receive:

  • Support to identify and help young people from Troubled Families to access employment, training and education opportunities in partnership with employers, colleges and training providers
  • Supported employment opportunities for SEN students who meet the KCC criteria in the last year of schooling from 16+

Kent Early Years and Childcare Providers - Offer

We offer the following support to early years and childcare providers of all types in Kent.

  • Regular bulletins at least once a term
  • A central website for up to date guidance
  • Briefing and networking sessions
  • Representation, via the Early Years and Childcare Provider Association, to underpin a strategic partnership between early years and childcare providers and Kent County Council
  • Career advice, via telephone and email
  • Information and guidance to enable delivery of places
  • Support to meet their duties under the EYFS Statutory Framework, including pre-LIFT visits and attendance at LIFT meetings
  • Framework of advice and guidance to support effective transitions for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Support to meet their duties under the Equality Act 2010 and the SEND Code of Practice and to understand their responsibilities in meeting the needs of children, including attendance at SENCo Forums
  • Training, advice and support on providing for Children in Care and those with SEND
  • Support relating to parents claiming Early Years Pupil Premium funding and monitoring of the impact of that funding
  • Advice, support and challenge, via telephone and email, on safeguarding issues including escalation of professional concerns*
  • Representation on multi-agency groups and panels*
  • Support or, potentially, challenge at child protection meetings if appropriate*
  • An exemplar up to date Child Protection policy and Acceptable Use Policy for education providers to adapt and make specific to their own setting to help them meet their statutory requirements*
  • The Child Protection newsletter 3 times a year, which provides updates on changes in legislation and local and national statutory and non-statutory guidance and procedures*
  • Support in times of crisis and unexpected critical incidents, for example attendance at Early Response meetings following the unexpected death of a child who attends a school*

*to be provided by the Education Safeguarding Team, also within The Education People.

  • Advice and support in readiness for their first Ofsted inspection including visits, if appropriate, with the aim of ensuring they achieve at least a ‘Good’
  • Personalised advice, support and challenge tailored to meet the Ofsted requirements
  • Visit(s) to the setting, frequency dependent on rating and issues raised by Ofsted
  • Telephone Support
  • Surgeries
  • Peer to peer support, including “matching” of newly registered childminders with experienced childminders
  • The coordination and support of local childminding groups, linking to Children’s Centres and other provision if possible and appropriate
  • Support for childminders caring for children beyond the usual school starting age
  • Briefing sessions and a pre-registration course for potential childminders
  • A “New Childminder Pack” once registered
  • Personalised advice, support and challenge tailored to meet the Ofsted requirements

If you are unclear about the services which you are entitled to as a Kent school or early years provider, please contact hello@theeducationpeople.org or telephone 0345 6041699.