Education funding boost for children in care

Date Released - 15/08/2018

TAMESIDE children in care are to benefit from an education funding boost to help their achieve their best.

Two charities - Tutor Trust and TLC (Talk Listen Change) – have successfully jointly secured £500,000 from the Department for Education’s Alternative Provision Innovation Fund, which is designed to pilot new way of improving education outcomes for young people who are not in mainstream schooling.

Tameside Virtual School – which works to ensure children and young people in care have access to high quality, personalised and aspirational education -  is one of five projects across Greater Manchester that will benefit from this funding.

Tutor Trust and TLC will be working with Tameside Virtual School to offer a joined-up approach, addressing both the causes and symptoms of under-achievement. The aim is to work together to offer a new kind of intervention for young people, by providing both tailor-made educational and therapeutic intervention for the pupil and their family.

Tameside Council Executive Member for Children and Families Cllr Oliver Ryan said: “I am delighted that Tameside Virtual School will benefit from this funding boost and innovative project. This will make a real difference for the children most important to us, through a personalised, child-centred approach that provides additional tuition and combines therapy and education to give the best possible support to our looked after children to help them achieve their best.”

Tutor Trust Co-Founders Nick Bent and Abigail Shapiro, with TLC Chief Executive Officer Michelle Hill, said in a joint statement: "Our collaboration will combine tuition and therapeutic support in a way that could be life-changing for young people in Greater Manchester, and scalable to the rest of the country.  We are thrilled to have the chance to pilot a truly joined-up approach to tackling both the causes and the symptoms of under-achievement and engagement in education.”




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