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Boarding schools to offer free places to children with links to the care system.

Boarding schools to offer free places to children with links to the care system.

Boarding schools in England are to offer free places to children with links to the care system, the Department for Education has announced.

Local authorities will work with children's charities to put forward pupils for bursaries and scholarships.

It is part of a government pledge to get independent and state schools working more closely together and help students from "vulnerable" backgrounds.

About 1,000 young people are already being supported by similar schemes.

The DfE said the Boarding School Partnerships aimed to help children of both primary and secondary age who have previously been in care or are at risk of going into care.

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