We are thrilled that a new initiative for the education sector will be coming to the Show this year to highlight a unique collaboration within the County. Kent Special Educational Needs Trust is a charitable, not for profit company that houses a number of Kent Schools. The team will be on hand to talk about special needs in Kent, how to become a School Governor, teacher, assistant and to generate interest in the wonderful work that the schools and pupils have created.

Their marquee at the Kent County Show will be a celebration of the values, principles and equality that have cemented the initiative and will bring about an enhanced ‘Best Practice’ for members. Nine special education schools have joined together under the Trust and each have created some wonderful artwork, films and songs for the launch.  Each of the schools have created a film entitled “A Day in the Life’ a short trailer from each will be played on a loop in their Marquee on stand 154, over by the Flower Show. Each school have produced a large tree to represent the advantage of working together and the eight individual artworks together become a much larger forest.  The marquee will have a magical feel with fairy lights, bubbles and a number of ceramic animals, made by pupils, hiding in the woodland.

The schools choir,“Ksenphony” is a composing and performing ensemble group which has created a collaborative song to be performed at the launch, on Friday 8th July. Music teachers from the Kent Schools involved met in November and agreed that a song format, with a shared chorus and a ‘verse’ section for each school, would be the most creative way to work collaboratively, whilst also having the freedom for each school to represent their identity musically. The song called ‘Together’ will be performed on the bandstand.

The song will also be played in their marquee, throughout the weekend and sums up many of the ideas around the collaboration; self help, democracy, equality, support, solidarity, openness, honesty and caring for others.

The Trust hope that by working together they will be able to improve the life chances of our vulnerable children and young people in Kent. For more information about Ksent, pop along and say hi.