Three secondary schools in Argyll and Bute are preparing to take part in an award-winning mentoring programme that aims to help care-experienced and disadvantaged young people to unlock their potential, regardless of their circumstances.
Pupils from Oban High, Hermitage Academy and Dunoon Grammar will begin a one-year pilot with MCR Pathways after the summer break.
MCR Pathways is a national charity that provides support to many young people, including young carers, asylum seekers and those who have experienced a trauma at home. As part of the scheme, MCR assigns a qualified mentor to each participant to help them realise their skills and progress onto positive destinations.
MCR will source local mentors for the three Argyll and Bute schools, and they will meet with their assigned young person on a weekly basis.
Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, said: “The vision of MCR Pathways is for all young people to experience equality of education outcomes, career opportunities and life chances. This coincides with our very own vision and strategy – that together we will realise ambition, excellence and equality for all.
“The MCR Pathways scheme has transformed the lives of thousands of children and young people. It is transforming educational outcomes and post-school destinations for young people, and it is playing a vital role in helping to build their confidence, aspirations and social skills.
“By listening to young people and supporting them, they will thrive and I have no doubt that running this pilot project in Argyll and Bute will change the lives of many pupils in these schools.”