First Star Academies UK is delighted to announce it has joined the Fair Education Alliance, a coalition of over 100 organisations working together to tackle educational inequality.
First Star Academies UK significantly improves the lives of teens in care by partnering with universities to ensure that Looked-after Young People aspire to higher education and develop the academic, life skills, and adult support needed to successfully transition to higher education, adulthood and employment. First Star is championing the development of university widening participation provision through a pioneering programme that empowers Looked-after Young People to invest in their own future. The impact of First Star is sustained because our students opt to join the four-year programme, promoting their own long term personal and academic development. Without interventions such as First Star the economic life chances of care leavers are very different from many of their peers; Looked-after Young People achieve below average outcomes at GCSE and only 6% enrol in university, with less than4% earning a university degree.
Peter Samuelson the founder and Chair of First Star said,“First Star believes that higher education for Care Leavers is one of the best catalysts for social mobility and lifelong economic and personal success. We are delighted to join with so many organisations who, like First Star, strive to reverse the painfully poor educational and life outcomes experienced by many of our young people. Working with the Fair Education Alliance facilitates great collaborative opportunities for First Star to make an even greater difference and foster a more equitable society for all our young people.”
For further information contact:
Dr Lorna Goodwin
First Star Academies UK
Notes for Editors
First Star Academies UK significantly improves the lives of teens in care by partnering with universities to ensure that Looked-after Young People aspire to higher education and develop the academic, life skills, and adult support needed to successfully transition to higher education, adulthood and employment. The economic life chances of care leavers are very different from many of their peers and First Star Academies UK wants to reverse the trend where Looked-after Young People achieve below average outcomes at GCSE with 17.5% obtaining the basics (A*- C or above in English and mathematics) compared to 58.8% of all pupils (DfE source) and where only 6% enrol in university, and less than4% earn a university degree.
Offering the only long-term UK university preparation programme, our strategic vision invites and encourages leading universities to adopt the First Star model in their widening participation programmes.
Making a difference
We cannot afford to fail our young people when approximately 50%of care leavers experience homelessness, incarceration or unemployment within the first 2 years of independence, contributing to the already high levels of poverty in the UK. First Star Academies UK provides looked-after young people with the springboardthey need to flourish in life.
First star Academies UK believes in the limitless potential of our young people