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ALLOCATION OF£1M FOR LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN

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Grant allocation to individual local authorities of the£1m RAISE funding for looked after children was announced t...
Grant allocation to individual local authorities of the£1m RAISE funding for looked after children was announced today. A major new programme aimed at raising attainment and standards of education was announced on 5 April. The RAISE programme targets disadvantaged pupils.

Education, lifelong learning and skills minister Jane Davidson said:

'In all£15.4m will be distributed to schools and local authorities under the RAISE programme this year.£1m of this total will be distributed as a separate grant to local authorities specifically for supporting the education of children looked after by local authorities. Local authorities will also receive similar shares of funding in both 2006-07 and 2007-08.

'The intention of the grant is to enable educational support to be provided for looked after children of the sort that parents would normally provide for their children; particularly when their children are approaching crucial examinations at age 16. The use of the grant will be subject to project eligibility and conditions and local authorities must be able to demonstrate the direct impact of funded projects on looked after children.

'The Assembly Government's ambition is to ensure that all our young people, whatever their situation and circumstances, are afforded the best opportunities and support that our education and training system can provide.

'Too many of our poorest young people are not being given access to the same routes of learning as those more fortunate. Wales has a tradition of championing social justice. The RAISE programme will help the Assembly Government deliver on this agenda for Wales.'

The grant arrangements and allocation to individual authorities have been discussed with the Welsh Assembly Government Stakeholders Group on the Education of Looked After Children, the Welsh Local Government Association, Directors of Education and Directors of Social Services.

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