Each young person has enormous talent, however care-experienced and other pupils facing disadvantage often struggle to engage with school because of instability in their personal lives. This can also be the case for other young people we aim to support including young carers, asylum seekers or those who have suffered significant family bereavement for instance.
In 2013/2014, prior to the introduction of mentoring, only 22% of Scottish care-experienced young people stayed on in school after age 16. International research shows that the longer young people stay at school past the statutory leaving age the better their longer-term outcomes. And the evidence is substantiated – prior to the introduction of mentoring, fewer than half of our care-experienced young people progressed to full-time employment, college or university, now 86% of our mentored young people do. By connecting each young person with a mentor, we can give pupils the support they need to succeed.