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Children in care to be helped into independent schools

More children in care will benefit from places at independent schools, as well as mentoring and access to sports and music facilities, in an effort to improve their outcomes.

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi announced in a speech at the Association of Directors of Children's Services conference that ten teams will work across the country to identify opportunities in independent schools for young people in care, where it is suitable to meet their needs.

The new programme, backed by £500,000, aims to improve access to the top independent schools and builds on Minister Zahawi's commitment to see as many as 1,000 independent schools involved in schemes that offer opportunities to children in care.

Minister Nadhim Zahawi also laid down a marker to Directors of Children's Services to drive forward the programme and engage with the new teams, to make sure councils can identify children who could benefit quickly when private schools set out offers of support.

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