News ID: 237552
Published: 0743 GMT January 19, 2019

British government to fund 2,900 school exchanges for poorer pupils

British government to fund 2,900 school exchanges for poorer pupils
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Secondary schools in England will be able to apply for money to take poorer pupils overseas on school exchanges

The £2.5-million government scheme will enable pupils aged 11 and over "to experience other cultures and go to places they wouldn't normally visit", BBC reported.

British Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds said, "As Britain leaves the EU, it's more important than ever to show how much we value international opportunities."

It is estimated the scheme could support trips for 2,900 pupils.

The exchange program will be run in partnership with the British Council, the organization for cultural relations.

The grants will be targeted at schools with above-average numbers of pupil-premium students.

Pupil premium is a form of additional funding given to state schools in England to help ‘close the gap’ between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.

Research by the British Council found that only 39 percent of state secondary schools run exchange programs, compared with 77 percent of independent schools.

"School exchanges are so valuable, bringing subjects such as modern languages and international history to life, as well as helping pupils develop into confident, independent and well-rounded young people," said Hinds.

He stressed the importance of learning other languages and developing ‘a global outlook’ among young people.

"School exchanges are so valuable, bringing subjects such as modern languages and international history to life.

"This investment will help schools who may not have much experience organizing trips abroad to ensure their pupils don't miss out on all the fantastic benefits these experiences can bring."

Hinds announced the scheme ahead of the Education World Forum which begins in London today.

 

 

   
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