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East of England

The Challenge

Around 19% of people are living in poverty across the region, and there were 6,330 children looked after children across the East of England in 2016 (UK GOV 2016).

Key statistics
  • On average, only 13% of children in need achieve 5 or more A* – C grades including English and Maths (UK GOV 2016).
  • One in eight looked after children were convicted of a crime before their 18th birthday in Central Bedfordshire (UK GOV 2016).
  • One in 20 looked after children were identified as having a substance misuse problem across Hertfordshire (UK GOV 2016).
  • 45% of children in need are eligible for free school meals across the region (UK GOV 2016).
Living here

There is plenty of beautiful countryside to explore in the East of England, including the unique Norfolk Broads, the Brecks and Thetford Forest, and Constable Country, as well as many pretty market towns and villages. It is also home to a number of historical landmarks, such as St Albans Cathedral and a huge number of well-preserved Tudor buildings. For those who crave the hustle and bustle of urban life, there are plenty of vibrant towns, where you can experience a wide range of culture, cutting-edge arts, and the region’s rich history.

Rent varies depending on location. For example, the average cost of a one-bedroom flat is around £700 per month in Essex, while you can get a two bed flat for the same price in Central Bedfordshire.

Thanks to its close proximity to the capital, the East of England boasts excellent rail and road links both to London and to nearby cities. The region is home to London Stansted Airport, and London Luton Airport, making international travel easy and affordable.

Key benefits of living in the region
  • Miles of beautiful countryside and coast to explore.
  • Rich and well-preserved heritage.
  • All the benefits of living close to London, at a lower cost.
Participants in the region

We will be placing around 44 participants from our 2017 Cohort in local authorities across the region.