Young people to receive £19m extra school funding with colleges to receive £2,000 for admitting care leavers

Speaking to i, the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “When I got this job it was absolutely clear to me that one of my top priorities was to make sure we provide the very best of support for those children who are most vulnerable, especially where children have faced adversity, where they’ve faced abuse and where they’ve faced neglect.”

The Government’s package includes £10m to invest in a programme which helps care leavers to continue living with their foster families until they reach 21, and £6m to help young people leaving residential care to live independently.

An extra £3m has been allocated to extend the “pupil premium plus”, which grants extra money to schools for children who have been in care.

This will now be extended to 16 to 18 year-olds, with further education colleges receiving £2,000 a year for each care leaver they teach.

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