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Kent 16 to 19 Review

Kent County Council (KCC) constantly seeks to provide the best education outcomes for people living in its area.

Currently we are focusing on 16 to 19 provision and conducting a full review of 16 to 19 education and training within the county.

Purpose of the Review

The Review aims to improve the options and life chances of Kent’s young people by enhancing the education, skills, and training opportunities available to them. To deliver this, it will work to develop a deeper understanding of the issues facing both young people and providers, enabling KCC to better understand, support, and work with the 16 to 19 sector. It will also identify and develop strategies to address the challenges facing it.

Our Approach

Research to inform the Review began in October 2020 and has been led by two external consultants and a multi-professional team drawn from KCC, The Education People (TEP), and other colleagues.

The research team has accumulated a substantial evidence base for the Review from interviews with post-16 providers (83 staff across 47 organisations) and other post-16 stakeholders (15 interviews), 31 focus group discussions with young people in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13, the analysis of significant quantitative data, and online questionnaires for young people, for parents and for providers and other stakeholders.

The Review is being led by a Steering Group with representation from across the sector and from key stakeholders, providers and other stakeholders.

Timescales

The fieldwork to assemble the evidence base for the Review took place throughout the Summer Term 2021. A draft of the findings and proposed recommendations has been produced over the course of the Autumn Term. The next phase is a soft consultation to gather feedback from the sector on the proposals. We anticipate the finalised Review will be published in the new year.

Soft Consultation

To see the initial summary of findings, the proposed recommendations and to have your say, please see the soft consultation

This consultation will be open for five weeks, until Friday 10 December 2021.

Further Information

For further information on the Review, please contact Michelle Stanley (Education Lead Adviser, KCC) and David Lucas (Principal Associate, acl consulting - external advisers to the Review) at kent16-19review@kent.gov.uk.