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Boarding school scheme shows signs of positive impact on young lives

4 February 2015

Disadvantaged young people placed at boarding schools by the SpringBoard Bursary Foundation say their lives have changed ‘for the better’, according to NFER research published today.

SpringBoard was set up in 2012 with the stated aim of transforming the lives of pupils from low income families and disadvantaged backgrounds by providing them with full bursaries to attend state and independent boarding schools.

NFER found that in its first year of operation, SpringBoard made impressive progress towards fulfilling this aim, identifying a range of important impacts on the first cohort of 25 pupils that suggest its unique model of three-way support - from SpringBoard itself, partner organisations and boarding schools - is proving effective. Even at this early stage, benefits to students include:

Commenting on the findings, Spring Board Chief Executive Ian Davenport said: “ We are delighted that the early evidence provided by the NFER supports our unique model which provides life-transforming opportunities to deserving children, the effect of which resonates through their families and local communities."

Read the key findings and full NFER interim evaluation report here.