Originally published in The Times Scotland
Assigning an adult mentor to guide disadvantaged young people at schools has resulted in an “incredible” improvement in their educational prospects, according to a report.
MCR Pathways, which has been working with every secondary school in Glasgow, said in its impact report for 2017-18 that 79 per cent of mentored young people who had been in care returned to school after S4, compared with a national average of 22 per cent.
The charity matches adult volunteers, usually working in professional positions, with disadvantaged young people. They typically meet once a week for at least a year. There are now plans to roll the scheme out nationally.
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