An incredibly small minority of children in care end up going to university. Virtual school headteacher Darren Martindale discusses a programme in the Midlands which set out to raise aspirations among our most vulnerable students

Most educational leaders will be familiar with the term “corporate parenting” as it relates to looked after children (LAC). It refers to the responsibilities placed on local authorities, and their wider network of partners – including schools and other educators – to create opportunities, raise aspirations and generally do all that it can to improve the life chances of the young people in their care.

Did you spot the key word there? It was “partners”. Corporate parenting is about making links, nurturing them, and working closely with those partner agencies, just like a well-connected parent would do for their own children. It is about giving our most vulnerable children the very best of all that we have got to give.

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