The brightest teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds are to receive an annual scholarship fund, says the government.
Secondary school staff
may be interested to hear that some of their pupils may be eligible for an annual award of £250 following an announcement by schools minister Vernon Coaker.
From 2010 young people aged 14 to 19 from poorer backgrounds will be eligible for extra funding to help develop their particular talent.
The money could be spent on activities such as theatre visits or sports coaching.
Launching the new initiative, Mr Coaker: We want to make sure that every child succeeds and that no child is held back by the luck of the draw in their circumstances."
Further to the extra funding, an online catalogue of opportunities will be created so young people can search for learning activities in their local area.
The scheme forms part of the Department of Children Schools and Families Young Gifted and Talented programme.
The Directgov website says the programme aims to provide extra educational support for young people who excel in a particular area, learn faster than others or are not achieving their potential.