How a gas company rehabilitated the disaffected

28th April 2000 at 01:00
Mr Blunkett singled out for praise the special unit of the public-private partnership BG Creative Education this week.

BG Cred, as it is known for short, was launched last year after BG plc - formerly British Gas - built a classroom in the gronds of its offices in Reading, Berkshire for 50 teenagers at risk of exclusion.

Pupils in the pound;250,000-a-year project had average attendance levels of less than 40 per cent before joining. After one term, attendance was 88 per cent.

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