Councils pressured to place children in boarding schools instead of care

The government will lean on “reluctant” councils to place vulnerable children in boarding schools instead of costly residential care, an education minister has said.

Officials will promote boarding as an alternative to care, against what Lord Nash described as a backdrop of historic “prejudice”, as part of a drive to place more vulnerable children in state and independent boarding schools.

Boarding School Partnerships, an organisation that links care charities and councils with boarding places for children, was launched earlier this year with ministerial support and funding from the Department for Education and Education Endowment Foundation.

[Is this just an attempt to prop up the failing UK boarding school industry, bedeviled by ongoing abuse scandals and Boarding School Syndrome? If they can’t fill their beds with overseas students, let’s dump looked-after kids in them and tick another box…]

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