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CLS Celebrates Safer Internet Day 2018

Community Learning and Skills is pleased to announce that we will be “celebrating” Safer Internet Day 2018 in order to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology, especially among children and young people.

Celebrated on the second day of the second week of the second month, each year on Safer Internet Day millions of people unite to inspire positive change and raise awareness of online safety issues and participate in events and activities right across the globe.

Safer Internet Day aims to not only create a safer internet but also a better internet, where everyone is empowered to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.

Safer Internet Day aims to reach out to children and young people, parents and carers, teachers, educators and social workers, as well as industry, decision makers and politicians, to encourage everyone to play their part in creating a better internet.

By celebrating the positive power of the internet, the 2018 Safer Internet Day theme of “Create, Connect and Share Respect: a better internet starts with you” encourages everyone to join the global movement, to participate, to make the most of the internet’s potential to bring people together.

Find out more about the UK campaign for Safer Internet Day at

Matrix accreditation successfully renewed for another three years!

We are delighted to announce that Kent County Council’s Community Learning and Skills has successfully achieved Matrix reaccreditation. The Matrix assessment standard recognises our commitment to delivering Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) and demonstrates a number of strengths including our:

  1. Clear and bold strategic aims relating to our IAG provision
  2. Range of means to promote opportunities to our various stakeholders for all our different brands
  3. Impressive array of tools to assist learners
  4. High level of consistency in the quality of IAG across all parts of the Service

The Matrix Standard is the unique quality standard for organisations to assess and measure their advice and support services, which ultimately supports individuals in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals. The Standard and assessment covers four main areas:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Resource
  • Service Delivery
  • Continuous Quality Improvement

Overall the Matrix Accreditation underlines the quality and dedication of our service across our brands: Kent Adult Education and Kent Training & Apprenticeships.

Terry Burgess, the Head of Service for Community Learning and Skills was delighted with the outcome and wanted to extend his congratulations to the Senior Management Team, everyone within the organisation and most importantly our learners.

“This outcome is a credit to the hard work, commitment and skills of everyone who works within the service, and we are once again delighted that the high quality of our provision in Kent has been recognised.”

Congratulations to Community Learning and Skills, and here’s to an even more successful 2018!

KAE Nominee wins Festival of Learning Social Impact Award

Great news from the Festival of Learning Awards in London last week. Our nominee, Keely Nash scooped one of the regional awards, the Social Impact Awards, congratulations! A survivor of domestic and sexual abuse, Keeley has gone on to use her experiences and skills to support people with similar experiences, read her full story here.