Matt Dunkley KCC Director for Children, Young People and Education to leave KCC

Updated @ 20:17

Matt Dunkley CBE  Kent County Council Corporate Director for Children, Young People and Education, will be leaving KCC in the near future.

Mr Dunkley was the Director responsible for implmenting a “shake up” in the special educational needs transport costs which stood at £2m, and rising. He implemented a cost saving exercise to reduce costs, but in Feb 2022, the shake up left hundreds of families in the lurch when no taxi’s turned up to take the special education need pupils to school.

Mr Dunkley left Norfolk County Council in  Oct 2017, where he was engaged through a recruitment agency as an interim Executive Director of Children’s Services, before joining KCC in Nov 2017.

Seventeen months after Mr. Dunkley joined the organsitaion a damning Ofsted report, released in March 2019, rocked KCC significantly as it vindicated what parents had been saying all along – KCC SEND services were not fit for purpose.

The report found:

  • Too many children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) do not get the support they need;

  • Parents and carers who contributed to the inspection were overwhelmingly negative about their dealings with the council and NHS;

  • Not enough was done to ensure parents understood the systems in place to enable their children to get the support they need;

  • Not all schools and settings were willing to accommodate children and young people with SEND;

  • The complex arrangement of health providers were not effective in meeting childrens’ needs;

  • Children and young people experience unacceptable inequality when accessing services in Kent;

  • Educational outcomes for children with SEND are not good enough.

In 2020/21 Mr Dunkley’s salary (Including Fees & Allowances) was £201,616

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4 Comments on Matt Dunkley KCC Director for Children, Young People and Education to leave KCC

  1. No doubt this incompetent individual will get his greedy little snout in another trough in another county .
    It beggars belief that up and down the country it doesn’t matter how useless you are that once you are on the gravy train there always plenty of friends around to find you a job

  2. education is a right we should not have to fight! // April 30, 2022 at 11:30 // Reply

    Yes many SEN families have been trying to contact this Director over the past year to deal with the hundreds of complaints.. with no success! SEN Families need a Senior figure who is part of the SEN community, and who totally gets the issues. We know what the failures are, and not living in their office bubble getting over £200,000 wages.

  3. Richard // May 3, 2022 at 01:50 // Reply

    £200,000 + salary, wtf does he do for that sort of pay ??

    • Exactly!! Can’t be bothered to reply to emails. parents have to wait several weeks, or not at all, or chase. Then KCC’s response is to ignore key issues, that they are sorry we feel that we are unsatisfied with their service, do not actually acknowledge any failures on their part so no accountability. Matt Dunkley has pretty much disappeared this year. Hard to get hold of by parents. On holiday, in meetings, etc etc…excuse excuse.

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