Podcast: Mixed reaction to Saturday detentions for pupils at Towers School in Ashford

There has been a mixed reaction to a school’s decision to have detentions on Saturdays.

Bosses at Towers School in Ashford say the punishment will be issued to any pupil who’s removed from class four times in a single week.

A group of Kent doctors is calling for urgent action as they claim GP services are at tipping point.

A survey has found 60% of GPs in the county are reporting significant stress levels, and 8% are considering leaving the profession in the next five years.

Ofsted is warning the relationship between schools and parents is ‘fractured’, resulting in poor behaviour and attendance by pupils.

The education watchdog says things have deteriorated since the pandemic, and a quarter of children in Kent are now persistently absent.

Tributes are being paid to a mum from Maidstone, who died just weeks after being diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour.

Lorraine Janczewski began to feel dizzy and confused last month and specialists in London confirmed her condition was terminal.

Plans have been revealed to move a school in Northfleet to a new development.

Rosherville Primary will be relocating to Cable Wharf and expanding to take on three times as many pupils.

Elsewhere, the work being done by schools in Kent to improve their local environments has been recognised at an annual celebration.

The Green School Awards have been handed out just a week before world leaders meet at the Cop28 Summit in Dubai.

And, thousands of presents have donated to kmfm’s Give a Gift campaign.

They will be giving toys to children who’ll be spending the festive season in hospitals, care facilities or in less fortunate situations.