Upcoming Cass Lecture to be delivered by the Rt. Hon. Ruth Kelly will discuss the importance of education on the life chances of children in care, as new statistics show 90 young people enter the care system each day in England and Wales

The Foundation looks forward to welcoming the Rt. Hon. Ruth Kelly, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research & Enterprise) at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, London to deliver the 11th Sir John Cass’s Foundation Lecture.

The event, which will take place at the Cass Business School on Wednesday 1st November 2017, will bring together educators, policy makers, practitioners, academics, funders and charitable organisations to explore how education can impact the life chances of Looked After Children and Care Leavers.

The recently published statistics from the Department for Education show a worrying increase of over three percent in the number of Looked After Children in England and Wales for the 12 months to March 2017, with numbers reaching 72,670. The 2017 Cass Lecture will present timely consideration on how education can support and transform the life chances of young people who have experienced the care system.

The Foundation has a long history of bringing young people from all backgrounds into education and looks forward to the Rt. Hon. Ruth Kelly’s insights into the importance of education as a tool for change for children and young people in care.