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STEER at Schools Day 5th June

Using STEER Education tracking helps us to interrogate themes as part of our commitment to the contextualised safeguarding approaches that are taken by staff throughout our school and community partnerships.

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Latest regional training


A huge thank you to Yarm School for hosting our latest regional training event to discuss the merits of the Broadening Educational Pathways programme.

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Ray Lewis, founder CEO of EYLA, dies aged 61

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our great colleague and dear friend, Ray Lewis CBE.

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Alumni Advisory

Introducing the RNCSF Youth Advisory Panel, affirming our commitment to leveraging the rich experience of our alumni network.

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Summerfest proved once more to be a standout event in the RNCSF calendar. Our two-day residential supports final-year SpringBoarders navigate their next steps.

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Bede's School X RNCSF


In the last decade, our partnership with Bede's School has enabled 22 care-experienced children to thrive in an environment which has a strong focus on their holistic personal and social development.

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CEO update - Spring Edition. 

Our CEO’s spring update – trailing our forthcoming impact research publication and with news of continued growth in our school's network. 

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Government extend its' funding for key RNCSF initiative.

At the NAVSH Conference today, Education Minister Coutinho announced that the Government will extend its’ funding for RNCSF’s “Broadening Educational Pathways” scheme.

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Keystone x RNSCF partnership continues 

We are pleased and proud to announce that RNCSF will continue in partnership with Keystone Tutoring for another year. 

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Government announce pledge to expand RNCSF Key initiative 

The Government has published its’ response to the Independent Review into Children’s Social Care. Amongst the many important commitments within this response, is their pledge to expand the Broadening Educational Pathways scheme.

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CEO Update - Winter Edition


Our Annual Report & Accounts will be published next month. We are pleased to share some extracts from the upcoming report in our Winter CEO update. 

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The Friends of Royal Wanstead School Reunion

RNCSF was honoured to help support the Friends of Royal Wanstead School (FoRWS) in holding a reunion to commemorate 50 years since the school's closure.

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Ode to the Class of 2022

To the class of 2022.

Thank you for changing the face of aspiration. We are amazed, but not surprised by the people you have become, and can't wait to hear more in the many years to come. 


We are so proud to call you SpringBoarders.

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Walhampton Prep School: Welcome to our accredited school network

We are delighted to confirm a new partnership to support Walhampton Prep School's ambitions to widen access through transformational bursary awards. 


A wonderful new prep 

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Calling all SpringBoarders Past & Present

We hope you can all come along for what will be a fun early evening of networking and supporting our newest alumni members as they finish their Year 13 placements, connecting with our donors and an inspiring talk from Patrick Hutchinson. 

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Downe House: Welcome to our accredited school network

We are delighted to welcome Downe House to our accredited school network. 

The first SpringBoarder at Downe House will start this September. 

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SpringBoarders shine at Annual Schools Day

Our annual schools day was back in real life. 

A huge thank you to Repton School for hosting more than 80 RNCSF reps from across our RNCSF accredited schools network. We were thrilled to hear from Nathan and Esther who shared their experiences of boarding life.

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James Darley at Schools Day 5th June

James Darley has been helping SpringBoard alumni navigate graduate recruitment and the careers market. We are excited to share his expertise with attendees of our upcoming Schools Day

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RNCSF's work mentioned


Lord Lexden highlighted the transformative potential of boarding and independent day school places for children in care in the House of Lords debate yesterday

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Each year, NAVSH hosts a two-day conference that brings together Virtual School Heads and teams from across the country. Members of the RNCSF team exhibited at this year’s conference in Birmingham.

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CEO Update- Winter Edition

A huge Thank You for all your support in 2023


With the Christmas holidays approaching at the end of another busy term, I hope you enjoy reading some highlights of our work in my regular update below.

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In The Times


"If 7% of all children benefit from private school opportunities, then these same doors should be open to children in care.” 

David Laws, Nadhim Zahawi and Josh Macalister.

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Cheadle Hulme X RNCSF

Cheadle Hulme School in Greater Manchester has long held a commitment to prioritising its’ full-fee assistance places for children in care.

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Support our London Marathon runners. 

RNCSF has a long tradition of runners taking part in this world famous event and we are incredibly proud of the 5 runners who will be representing and fundraising for us this year.

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Search: Attachment and Trauma evaluation partners 

RNCSF are looking for expressions of interest from evaluation partners to help us measure the impact of our exciting new attachment and trauma informed practice in schools project.

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Director of Programmes panel discussion 

Director of Programmes Sandra White shares RNCSF’s experiences supporting schools’ DEI strategies.

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Broadening Educational Pathways


Kindly hosted by Manchester Grammar School, we took a moment last term to gather local authority representatives and regional boarding staff together to learn more about the Broadening Educational Pathways Programme, 

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Thank you Credit Suisse


A huge thank you to our corporate partner Credit Suisse for hosting us in London for a two-day Hackathon, focusing on the impact that RNCSF has been having over the past ten years.

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It's Marathon Week

This Sunday, some wonderful, resilient and dedicated people are running the London Marathon on behalf of Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation. The seven runners are Liam, Itziar, Thom, Sam, Gareth, Chris

and Joe.

Find out more here:

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RNCSF visit Shrewsbury School

In May, our Director of Schools, Sarah Butterworth visited Shrewsbury School. She toured its magnificent buildings, exceptional grounds, and world-class facilities high up on a bank, looking out over the school rowing teams on the river below.

Read Sarah's blog here:

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Bryanston School: Welcome to our accredited school network

We are delighted to announce that Bryanston School has joined our accredited school network. 

We look forward to placing the first SpringBoarders under their widening access transformational bursary award scheme from next year.

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RNCSF Visit Barnard Castle 

Last week, our CEO, Ali and Director of Schools, Sarah, headed Northeast to visit one of RNCSF's pioneering schools, Barnard Castle. 

Housemaster of Senior Boy's Boarding House, York, Matthew Gooch, gave Ali and Sarah a tour of the school's expansive grounds and buildings. 

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RNCSF Visit Warwick School

Warwick school hosted the RNCSF team on a visit last week. 

It was great to hear about the power of a transformational bursary award partnership and to meet Ibz who - as a Senior Prefect and Deputy Head of House - had had a huge effect on the community.

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Independent Review into Children's Social Care's final report

Our work to ensure many more children in care can access the benefits of a boarding or independent education features amongst the many important recommendations in the final report of the Independent Review of Children's Social Care.

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Attachment Aware & Trauma Informed Practice  programme

At Schools Day AATIP experts and colleagues within our school settings will join to share an introduction into how unmet attachment needs and trauma can present themselves in a school context.

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CEO Spring Update

The whole RNCSF community of pupils, alumni, staff, schools and partner organisations have been devastated by the loss of one of our founding visionaries – Ray Lewis, CEO of Eastside Young Leaders Academy.....

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Worksop College x RNCSF

In the last decade, the partnership between Worksop College and RNCSF has supported SpringBoarders in accessing a great education. Read more to hear about our School's Team recent visit. 


Bright the Vision


We are proud to be supported by our Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, she has recently written a Foreword to a book drawing attention to the long history of independent schools’ support for young people. 

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Wymondham College


"Many of our SpringBoarders have been young people from London boroughs who have really thrived in the very different environment of rural East Anglia."

Zoe Fisher, Principal, Wymondham College

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Buckingham Palace Garden Party

Hosted by Buckingham Palace, we were delighted to extend an invitation to two members of our hardworking team to attend the annual garden party.

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Vacancy: Vulnerable Children Programme 

We are hiring a Looked After and Vulnerable Children Programme Manager

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Search: Attachment and Trauma Training Provider 

RNCSF are looking for expressions of interest from training providers of attachment and trauma informed practise to be part of our exciting new project:


Westminster School Celebration Event 

Hosted by Westminster School and in the presence of our Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, more than 150 young people and schools staff from across our network came together on Tuesday afternoon to celebrate Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation’s (RNCSF) work. 

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Our Partnership with STEER (the emotional wellbeing tracking platform) has, for over five years, provided us with crucial insights into how young people respond and navigate their boarding school placements. 

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RNCSF visit to Dragon School


We are delighted that Dragon school have joined our accredited schools network. 

We look forward to placing our first Springboarder with them next September. 

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CEO Update

We started the new term with much-needed good news stories about some extraordinary young people’s successes.

The results of our graduating “SpringBoarder” class of 2022 give us a great reminder of the power of a boarding education, and you can read more here:

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Summer Edition

Just days before the changes in the Ministerial team at the DfE we were delighted to gain confirmation of the Government extending its’ support to our “Broadening Educational Pathways for Care-Experienced Children” scheme. 

Read more in Ali's Summer Term CEO Update

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Robert Swannell hands over to Nick Owen as RNCSF’s new Chairman

After more than ten years of leadership – from his part in creating The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation through the merger with RNCF to today – this week we say farewell to Robert Swannell CBE who passes on the baton as RNCSF’s Chair to Nick Owen CBE.

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RNCSF Visit Yarm School

RNCSF's Director of Schools, Sarah Butterworth, visited Yarm school, a co-educational day school in North Yorkshire with pupils aged 3 to 18.

In September, Yarm welcomes a SpringBoarder as part of a pilot funded by the Department of Education.

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RNCSF Visit Wellington College

We really enjoyed our visit to Wellington College before half term. 

The SpringBoarders at Wellington all spoke of their transformative journeys and the staff about the 'wit and wisdom' that each SpringBoarder brings. 

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