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Foster Carers & Residential Staff

The role of the carer is paramount in supporting the education of looked after children. Carers should ensure that the child has appropriate access to learning and is encouraged to make best use of it and fulfil their potential. Though not always explicitly stated in the placement agreement this should include:

  • working closely with the child’s school or other educational placement.
  • taking an active interest in the child’s homework.
  • encouraging a child to value learning.
  • supporting a child’s attendance at school.
  • advocating for the child’s individual needs.

The REES Centre, based at The University of Oxford, carry out research about the role of foster carers and the education of looked after children.

The Fostering Network also have resources on their website.

In particular, their London Fostering Achievement work is of interest.

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