Grenfell Tower fire: New education fund to help traumatised youngsters

GetWestLondon reports that a Grenfell Education Fund is to be set up to help young people traumatised by the fire which ripped through the tower block.

A motion put forward at the full Kensington and Chelsea Council meeting was carried unanimously by town hall denizens on Wednesday (July 19).

It will address the additional educational challenges and barriers that the young survivors and witnesses of the Grenfell Tower disaster will face over the remaining years of their education.

The motion read: “This council recognises the long term impact of trauma on the lives of young people who have witnessed and experienced shocking events, particularly those which involve the loss of many lives.

“In particular, this council understands the negative impact such experiences can have on the educational achievement and attainment of young people.

“This council resolves to establish a Grenfell Education Fund in order to address the additional educational challenges and barriers that the young survivors and witnesses of the Grenfell Tower disaster will face over the remaining years of their education.”

Its aim is to provide a multiple layers of support to the young people, and as a minimum should help by:

Supporting with the cost of uniform and other essential school equipment.
Providing additional tuition – especially around key times such as Year 6 SATs, GCSEs and A-levels.
Funding additional extra-curricular and other activities or trips which would not otherwise be available.
Offering bursaries to encourage access to further and higher education.
Supporting schools with the costs of monitoring, analysing and reporting on the educational attainment of affected children.

Read more Grenfell Tower fire: New education fund to help traumatised youngsters

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Comments

  1. Well, how on earth did they cope after the wars? No wonder schools are always chasing ‘resilience’. If you treat children as though they cannot cope, they will not cope. Teachers should know by now that you get what you expect. This is really a pathetic generation.

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