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Working with the Department for Education

We work with the UK government and the Department for Education (DfE) to promote boarding school places for genuinely deserving children, as we believe it is important to play our part in the national social mobility debate on behalf of the children and the boarding school community.

With a long and well-respected history of working with vulnerable children on the edge of care and, more recently, Looked After Children, we, as a charity, are able to contribute our knowledge and experience to help shape national policy.  

Our CEO, Ian Davenport, was a founding member of the DfE’s advisory group focused on the Boarding Schools Partnership agenda. He still plays an active role here.

In addition, he is the bursaries' advisor to the Independent Schools Council and in this capacity, he has written papers for the DfE on Looked After Children in both boarding and day schools.