The Steve Morgan Foundation has joined forces with the education charity Teach First to help unlock the potential in the young people of Merseyside.
The Foundation has made a grant award of £455,000 over three years, which will help Teach First increase its influence in Merseyside, including a particular focus on Wirral.
Current figures show that in Merseyside only 35% of pupils eligible for free school meals pass the EBacc (a statistic based on exam performance), compared to 66% of those not eligible – which are both lower than the national averages.
The Steve Morgan Foundation will be supporting the education charity with funding over the next three years to expand its reach in Merseyside to support more schools, teachers, leaders and pupils to thrive.
With the Foundation’s support, Teach First are seeking new partnerships with schools serving disadvantaged communities in Merseyside, in the hope of doubling the number of trainee teachers over the next three years.
Steve Morgan, Chairman of the Steve Morgan Foundation, said: “The Steve Morgan Foundation is committed to improving life chances for children and young adults across our region, starting with education.
“My fellow trustees and I are delighted to be supporting this initiative to help pupils thrive in schools with strong leadership and excellent teachers and we are very much looking forward to growing our partnership with Teach First.”
The Steve Morgan Foundation’s support is linked to an initiative the Foundation is spearheading to tackle attainment in Wirral which, out of 152 local authorities, was ranked in 152nd place for school attendance.
For the project to have the best chance of success, the Foundation believe that the Wirral area will need quality teachers and leaders.