NFER is undertaking an evaluation of The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation (SpringBoard) between 2013 and 2019.
Established in 2012, SpringBoard aims to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people through providing full bursaries at state and independent boarding schools. Pupils join the programme between Year 7 (aged 11) and Year 12 (aged 16). It is worth noting that SpringBoard merged with The Royal National Children’s Foundation in June 2017. The merged charity is named The Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation and all SpringBoard trustees and staff joined the merged charity.
The evaluation focuses on 123 pupils who joined 35 SpringBoard member schools between September 2013 and September 2015. It includes: pupil baseline and follow-up surveys; annual pupil telephone interviews; and an annual online consultation with boarding school staff. The final report due in early 2019 will include an analysis of National Pupil Database (NPD) data comparing SpringBoard pupils’ GCSE and A-level examination results to those of pupils from their original schools.
Four reports have been published since 2015 with the final report scheduled for early 2019.
Read the full privacy notice for this project here.