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Kent Children's University Team


Meet the KCU team


Sean Carter - Strategic Projects and Partnership Manager

Sean has spent the last 21 years working in local government in England, the last 14 of which have been with Kent County Council.  His roles have included Community Development Worker, European Project Manager, External Funding Officer, Extended Services Development Manager and was then responsible for Extended Services in Kent that has also included strategically leading on the Kent Healthy Schools Programme and Kent Children's University.

Sean is currently the Strategic Projects and Partnership Manager within the Education and Young People's directorate, with a particular focus on developing projects and partnerships that support the authority's strategic priorities for education and young people.  Prior to his work in local government Sean worked in the private sector, and also undertook research and established a charitable organisation looking to match disabled people with housing that had been adapted or was suitable for their needs.



Emma Jenkins - Manager of Kent Children's University

As a qualified infant teacher, Emma taught in Kent schools for over ten years.  During her teaching career Emma developed tools for demonstrating the impact of extra-curricular activities on pupils' attainment and achievement as well as focusing on the impact of strong parental engagement.

Emma was seconded to Kent County Council, as part of the Extended Services central team in 2007, where the role saw her support schools and organisations across the county to provide high quality extra-curricular provision.

Now, Emma's role as Manager of Kent Children's University sees her work with schools, businesses, organisations and charities to enhance the quality of their out of school hours' (co-curricular) provision for young people.   There is a strong focus around using Children's University opportunities and experience to raise Aspirations with a view to improve Attitudes to learning; thus leading to greater Attendance, higher Attainment and life-long Achievement (The 5As, as Emma calls them).  Developing skills for life and employment are also vital elements of the Children's University experience.