A whole school approach to improving outcomes for Children in Care (CiC) in school
For many children in care, school life can be challenging. They may find it harder to trust adults; their educational experience may have been disrupted; and their capacity to build and maintain friendships may be impaired. They need good schools, with good staff who understand how to support and challenge them.
Good schools can be the key to their success. School can provide the stability they need, a safe place in a turbulent world, an opportunity to excel, a route map out of their difficulties into a more positive future.
Effective schools support children in care by:
1. Doing the things they do for all children but more so
2. Balancing high levels of support with real challenge
3. Skilfully linking each child to a key person they relate well to
4. Making it a priority to know the children well and to build strong relationships
5. Developing strong partnerships with carers1, local authorities and specialist agencies
6. Making things happen and seeing things through
7. Ensuring consistency as well as discrete flexibility
8. Actively extending the horizons of each child
9. Planning for future transitions
"Weeks run from Monday to Sunday. Please note that weeks without communications to schools are ignored and the links will go to the last week where a communication was made in this category."