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A patchy picture: support for care leavers in higher education

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Universities minister Chris Skidmore recently outlined the government’s expectations on the level of support all universities should be providing for care leavers to help them progress to, and succeed in higher education.

In March, he announced the new ‘Higher Education Principles’ calling on universities to do more for young people leaving care.
A few short months later, the Centre for Social Justice and First Star Academies UK launched their new report on care leavers ‘12by24. ’ The 12by24 is a pledge to double the number of 19-21-year-old care leavers going to university from 6% to 12% by 2024.

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