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Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Funding to pilot education support for looked-after children – BFSS

The British and Foreign School Society’s Looked after Children and Young Carers Programme aims to improve approaches to the educational attainment of ‘looked after children’ and young carers in the UK.

Government data shows that looked after children have significantly poorer educational outcomes than children not in care throughout primary and secondary school, with the gap widening as children get older. Young carers experience similarly poorer educational outcomes and studies suggest that almost a third of young carers experience educational problems, such as absenteeism, as a direct result of their caring role.

The outcomes the programme wants to achieve are:

  • Looked after children and young carers are provided supplementary support that results in improved educational attainment.
  • Interventions made in the delivery of supplementary educational support for looked after children and young carers are proven to be effective and scalable.
  • There is greater alignment and coherence in the work of the voluntary sector ensuring more successful educational outcomes for looked after children and young carers.

The Society will favour projects with a lifetime BFSS contribution in excess of £20,000 for each year of their operation (up to three years).

The BFSS will support work that develops sustainable approaches that can be replicated at scale. For example:

  • Pedagogically proven models of how educational interventions can be made to best effect.
  • Development of approaches based on a combination of paid staff and trained volunteers.
  • Development of practical tools and resources that allow looked after children and young carers (and their family members) to receive support and grasp positive opportunities.
  • Policy and practice for looked after children and young carers that values and prioritises education as a way of enhancing life chances.

Applications will be considered from educational or training institutions which have UK charitable status or, in the case of schools, colleges, universities and Churches, “exempt charity” status.

The next closing date for applications to the programme is 2nd January 2019.