Monday, 16 June 2008

I met some brilliant young people today when I visited Thomas Danby College to have lunch with Ken Campbell and colleagues from our Stepping Stones team...

Ken was hosting a YIPPEE visit; young people from a public care background pathways to education in Europe. This is an ambitious five-country study aiming to explore the factors - cultural, social, psychological and practical - which encourage and enable young people to continue their education beyond the school years. The research is coordinated by the Thomas Coram Research Unit and the Institute of Education at the University of London. Those without educational qualifications are increasingly left behind and are at high risk of social exclusion with adverse consequences for health, employment, income, housing, civic involvementand quality of life.

Ken Campbell and the Stepping Stones team are doing fantastic work and forty young people from the programme are at universities across the country. I had lunch with some amazing young people in public care from Carr Manor High School and Allerton Grange High School who are clearly some of Ken's future successes.

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