Through a targeted approach, be it at a community, an individual school or even an individual pupil, real impact can be achieved. It isn’t universal, but the ripple effect is powerful.
A programme providing scholarships for talented children from some of the worst-off backgrounds to go to top quality schools is one such way to make a real difference. I recently provided the funding that saw some fantastic young girls given educational opportunities at my daughters’ school. It may not solve the resourcing problems with our educational system as a whole, but in the case of those girls, it will change their lives.
Building facilities, funding after-school clubs, working with local leaders to ‘fill in the gaps’ wherever possible and appropriate are all ways to have a lasting, effective impact on children’s education. This is the ethos and philosophy that will drive the Foundation’s work on education, putting our funding where it can have a real, tangible impact, rather than trying to cure all educational ills at once.