Reports, research, further reading

There are a substantial number of research, government and media reports, case studies and plenty of anecdotal evidence showing how boarding school placements have helped vulnerable young people across the 40 years when most of this activity has been initiated by charities, rather than by central or local government. The diverse reports in this section help to identify the issues and challenges of boarding school placements. These reports do not, however, represent or necessarily include the views of the Department for Education or of our partner charities and boarding schools, except when explictly stated.

 

"How boarding school can help to transform young lives", by John Attwater, Head of King Edward's School, Witley

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'When exclusive is inclusive': TES on Assisted Boarding (June 2017)

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Announcement of Boarding School Partnerships 2016

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'The drive for boarding placements', The Guardian (July 2017)

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RESEARCH: NFER assessment of SpringBoard beneficiaries 2016

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Norfolk County Council experience of boarding placements

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RESEARCH: RNCF Impact Report 2016

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RNCF-DfE 'Bridging the Gap' Conference 2016

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DfE: consultation on Assisted Boarding (2015)

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DfE: the boarding school opportunity for vulnerable children (2014)

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State boarding schools (Schools Week 2014)

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DfE Minimum National Standards for Boarding Schools 2012

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Assisted Boarding Network (Huffington Post 2012)

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DfE Pathfinder on boarding school for vulnerable children (2007-10)

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RESEARCH: RNCF 'Breaking Through' study of assisted boarding (2006)

The Royal National Children’s Foundation conducted research in 2006 to assess the impact of its own support for vulnerable young people at boarding school. The research was conducted among 97 of RNCF’s beneficiaries aged 15-18. Two-thirds of these young people had single-parent mothers and there was an almost even gender split.

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Buttle UK academic results 2016

In 2016, 64% of the children supported by Buttle UK at boarding school achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grades A* - C. This compared to 19% for those assessed as Children in Need nationally in 2015. In addition, Buttle asserted that the young people it supported go on to further and higher education, and report increased self-esteem and life-long friendships.

RESEARCH: Pathfinder research, on behalf of the Department for Education (2009)

A relatively comprehensive research study was conducted in 2009, as part of the the then Department for Children, Schools and Families’ Pathfinder project (a predecessor of Boarding School Partnerships). The research was conducted over a short period with a small number of boarding placements and has been criticised for these reasons. But it does provide valuable insights into the whole process of assisted boarding.

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RNCF and the 'assisted boarding' merger with SpringBoard (June 2017)

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