Major new scheme will help out primaries

Forest School Leaders Dawn White and Sue Evans with their pupils outside the school

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PRIMARY schools will benefit from a new scheme to support young families at risk of being torn apart through substance misuse, domestic violence or financial difficulties.

The three-year Families Moving Forward programme, which has won £899,989 to help 260 vulnerable families of five to 10-year-olds, comes as schools minister Nick Gibb said school standards were being put at risk by attempts to cure all social ills.

Zoe Gray, CEO of Learning Links, which is running the scheme in partnership with voluntary organisations including counselling charity Relate and the Citizens Advice Bureau, said: ‘We are going to be able to make a huge difference to families who would otherwise be fending for themselves.

‘We will work closely with primary schools, helping them identify families and putting specific action plans in place to suit their needs.’

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt said: ‘By helping these families with very complex problems and improving early intervention, the whole city will benefit.’