Please complete the VSK Rewards Nomination Form 2016/17 for any Kent child or young person in care that you feel should be considered for an award in one of our seven 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. We won’t be able to consider nominations if they just have something like ‘yes’ or ‘excellent’ in the box; we need the story behind.Read more: The VSK Rewards Nominations are open!
This Health, Education and Well-Being information and guidance event is being held on 2nd June from 11am to 3pm at the Baptist Church, Knightrider Street, Maidstone ME15 6LU. A full list of the organisations attending can be found below:Read more: Information Event for Asylum and Refugees aged 16-19
Learn about university life, understand the benefits of achieving a degree and experience a range of workshops in different subjects.
Read more: University of Greenwich - Care Leavers Summer School June 2017
Really enjoyed the summer school. I made friends, increased my knowledge and confidence
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!
Are you supporting a young person interested in applying to study a course at the University of Greenwich? Then why not visit one of their Undergraduate and Postgraduate Application Evenings which are aimed at those making late applications for the 2017/2018 academic session. They will guide you through the university application process (UCAS), provide you with tips on writing an effective personal statement and explain student finance and your funding options.Read more: University of Greenwich Application Evenings
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!
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 third annual VSK Post 16 Awards evening was held on the 20th October with a fantastic turnout of young people and their supporters. Held at Oakwood House in Maidstone, the evening celebrated the hard work and achievements of the Post 16 young people, nominated by their education providers, Social Workers, Foster Carers and VSK staff.Read more: Honouring our Outstanding Post16 Students
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
Operation Willow has negotiated a reduced price for Kent and Medway Schools to attend “Zak” and “Lottie” training, facilitated by the University of Kent’s Centre for Child Protection. The course usually costs £199 per delegate, but can be accessed for £60 for the next academic year.Read more: 'Zak and Lottie' CSE, Grooming and Radicalisation Training and Resources