Responding to the announcement of a national mentoring campaign for disadvantaged young people, Russell Hobby, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, says: “we welcome the announcement of £14 million to provide mentors for teenagers. School leaders know the importance of mentoring young people as part of their learning; something they do on a daily basis.
“The period up to GCSEs is a crucial time for engaging young people, but the government must also look at providing careers education earlier. Our Primary Futures programme, bringing ideas about the world of work into primary schools to inspire children about the range of possibilities, is just one way to do this. As well as providing mentoring and support up to GCSEs, the government has to be bold and try and address social mobility earlier.
“Although the announcement of support is welcome, it’s disappointing to see that of the £14 million announced, £2 million of that will be allocated to the advertising campaign. At a time of tight budgets and further austerity measures likely in the upcoming budget, it’s hard to justify taking £2 million out of an already modest pot.”
Page Published: 14/03/2016