Committed to supporting children and young people
We are committed to supporting all our children and young people to achieve their educational potential. Research indicates that children and young people in care can be particularly disadvantaged educationally. They are more likely to have a disrupted education and additional needs which impact on progress, attainment and life chances. We recognise the significant role our foster carers and staff have in working in partnership with other professionals to promote educational achievement and positive outcomes for our children and young people.
The Education Co-Ordinator maintains an up to date understanding of legislation and advice relevant to the education of children and young people in care. Under the guidance of the Director of Education, they disseminate information to carers and staff about education and share good practice to enable us to challenge schools with confidence, when necessary.
Working in partnership
Foster carers and social workers work in partnership with local authorities to ensure, whenever possible, children and young people have a full-time place in a school or other education setting appropriate to their needs. If, for any reason, a child or young person is not in education, we are proactive in liaising with the local authority to resolve this quickly, while supporting the foster carer with home education as a temporary measure.
We acknowledge exam results are not the only measure of educational success. We know our children well and how they have progressed from different starting points. We recognise their various educational achievements, academic and otherwise, and celebrate these with our achievement awards.
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Support for young people
Our service is focussed on the needs of the children we look after, so we’ve built up a strong framework of support around them.
We have a culture where we actively encourage children and young people to get involved and have their say.
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