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Support to help vulnerable children attend boarding schools
EB News: 03/01/2018 - 10:00
The Boarding School Partnerships Information Service has been launched to give more vulnerable children the chance to attend boarding schools.
The Department for Education (DfE) is launching the new service, which is designed to give more vulnerable children the chance to attend some of the country’s highest quality independent and state boarding schools.
The Boarding School Partnerships Information Service – which is being launched in collaboration with the Boarding Schools’ Association – will link local authorities up with a host of children’s charities and boarding schools so they can work together to identify more young people on the edge of care who can be put forward for bursaries and scholarships, helping them attend some of the country’s best schools.
The government is committed to enabling all children – regardless of their background – to reach their full potential, and this announcement builds on wider programmes to support vulnerable children in all schools.
This includes named headteachers who are responsible for supporting their education and almost £2.5 billion funding this year for state schools to support them through the Pupil Premium.
It follows the recent launch of the Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential plan by the education secretary, designed to create opportunities on every young person’s doorstep and boost social mobility.
Launching the new partnership, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System Lord Agnew said:
“Children who have previously been in care or are at risk of care have often gone through difficult, challenging experiences that can have a lasting impact throughout their lives. These placements won’t be right for every child, but the pastoral care and educational support provided by our top boarding schools can have profound benefits for some young people.
“I’m delighted that so many organisations are working with us to help create more of these opportunities for these children, helping them to get the best start in life and to go on to reach their full potential, no matter what their background.”
The partnership will aim to create more opportunities for children on the edge of care in addition to the 1,000 young people who are already supported by charities and boarding schools.