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Hamilton "priority" achieved as Mission 44 partners with Sky

Hamilton "priority" achieved as Mission 44 partners with Sky

Hamilton "priority" achieved as Mission 44 partners with Sky

Hamilton "priority" achieved as Mission 44 partners with Sky

Lewis Hamilton's Mission 44 charitable foundation has announced a new partnership with the Sky Group to create a "more equal schooling system".

As part of Sky's £30million commitment to tackle systematic racism, Mission 44 and the Sky Group have confirmed a two-year partnership to address the disproportionate rate of school exclusions amongst Black pupils.

"Understanding and addressing issues that lead to young people being excluded from school is really important to me," said Hamilton.

"Having experienced unfair exclusions during my time at school, I understand how upsetting and stressful it can be.

"When we launched Mission 44 last year, implementing initiatives such as these was a personal priority and I am grateful to have the support of Sky to help Mission 44 take action.

"Through this partnership, I hope we can deliver meaningful change by arming schools with the proper strategies to support and empower young Black students, instead of giving up on them."

Statistics provided by Mission 44 highlight that Black Caribbean students in English schools are up to six times more likely to be temporarily excluded than their white peers "in some local authorities" and are two-and-a-half times more likely to face permanent exclusion.

"We are passionate about tackling racial injustice and welcome the opportunity to partner with Sir Lewis Hamilton and Mission 44 to champion and empower young people," said Sky Group CEO Dana Strong.

"We hope our partnership will support Mission 44’s work to improve the experience of Black pupils and support them to succeed at school and beyond.”

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