Government to fund 2,900 school exchanges for poorer pupils

The BBC is reporting that secondary schools in England will be able to apply for money to take poorer pupils overseas on school exchanges.

The £2.5 million government scheme will enable pupils aged 11 and over “to experience other cultures and go to places they wouldn’t normally visit”.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: “As Britain leaves the EU, it’s more important than ever to show how much we value international opportunities.”

The exchange programme will be run in partnership with the British Council, the organisation for cultural relations.

The grants will be targeted at schools with above-average numbers of pupil-premium students.

Research by the British Council found that only 39% of state secondary schools run exchange programmes, compared with 77% of independent schools.

Mr Hinds said: “This investment will help schools who may not have much experience organising trips abroad to ensure their pupils don’t miss out on all the fantastic benefits these experiences can bring.”

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