Scottish higher education pledge applauded

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The Fostering Network in Scotland applauds the pledge made yesterday by the Scottish Government to grant all care experienced young people a guaranteed place at university, upon gaining the appropriate grades, and to offer them a bursary of £150 a week to contribute to their costs of living.

Sara Lurie, director of The Fostering Network Scotland, said: ‘Scotland is taking a progressive stance when it comes to the higher education of care experienced young people, and we must say that this is a positive step in the right direction.

‘While over time more must be done to narrow the inequality gap in education between children in care and their peers at all levels of education, giving those children and young people a tangible and realistic goal to aim for will inspire many to go on to higher education.

‘Education is the foundation stone of a positive life and we are pleased to see children and young people who have experienced the care system are a priority in Scotland.’