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Government announces £23 million Future Talent Fund

Government announces £23 million Future Talent Fund

The Government has announced a new strategy to help close the attainment gap between rich and poor children and boost social mobility in later life. The Future Talent Fund aims to test new ways of supporting the most capable youngsters from deprived areas.

Alongside the £23 million Future Talent Fund, the Government has also confirmed it will invest £50 million for schools to open new nursery places. The ‘social mobility action plan’, launched by Education Secretary Justine Greening on 14 December, is at the heart of the Government’s education policy.

During a speech in London, Ms Greening said that social mobility remains a priority and that the overarching ambition of the Government is to leave no community behind. 

“The reality is that in modern Britain, where you start too often decides where you finish,” she said. “This is a defining challenge for us as a nation. We have talent spread evenly across this great country - the problem is that opportunity is not.”

The new strategy will include four stages that help create opportunities for people in important stages in their education. 

‘Closing the word gap’ and ‘closing the attainment gap’ will encompass the first two with a focus on early years and schools. The third, which looks at ‘Real choice at post-16’, is concerned with creating world-class technical education.

It will be encouraged by half a billion pounds of investment and will seek to offer more options for young people regardless of their background. The fourth stage, ‘rewarding careers for all’, is concerned with boosting skills and confidence that will allow young people to make the transition from education to work and enhance their career prospects. 

The plans have received the backing of Professor Les Ebdon, director of Fair Access to Higher Education. He said: “Talent is found across the country - from council estate to country estate - and ensuring that your postcode doesn't act as a barrier to your potential must remain a top priority.”

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