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What is London Fostering Achievement?

London Fostering Achievement is a programme of activity that aims to improve educational outcomes for fostered children in London. We set about doing this by bringing together leaders, foster carers, teachers, young people and the wider professional network to take part in training workshops, masterclasses and much more.

London Fostering Achievement is delivered by The Fostering Network in partnership with Achievement for All. It is part of the Mayor’s London Schools Excellence Legacy Fund and is supported by the Tunstall Jubilee Foundation and the Greater London Authority.

London Schools Excellence Hub for children looked after 

We are currently working closely with Virtual School Heads to develop the Pan-London network for Designated Teachers. As part of this we will hold six twilight network sessions over a year, as well as establish a school-to-school hub in Croydon, to share best practice and research on improving educational outcomes for children looked after.

 

Foster Carer Education Champions

We recruited and trained ten passionate and experienced foster carers to be our Education Champions. They worked alongside local support groups, trained foster carers social workers and teachers, delivered 1:1 support and developed targeted learning interventions to boost foster carer confidence around supporting the educational needs of children and young people.

This innovative peer support approach was piloted in five boroughs across London between October 2014 – November 2015. If you are a Service Manager or Virtual School Head interested in bringing Education Champions to your service please contact lfa@fostering.net 

Masterclasses

We deliver masterclasses for foster carers, school staff, social workers, young people and wider professionals across London. These days provided expert speakers and workshops on the themes foster carers told us were most important to the educational attainment of the children in their care. 

  • The Impact of Attachment and Trauma on Learning 
  • Wise Up: Post-16 Opportunities for Young People 
  • New Arrivals: Supporting Unaccompanied minors 
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 
  • Building Resilience, Hope and Protective Factors

Intensive work with schools

London Fostering Achievement offers schools analysis and support and works directly with it’s partner schools to close the achievement gap between fostered children and their peers, improve behavior and attendance, and strengthen school relationships with foster carers.

Nine virtual schools and 27 schools joined London Fostering Achievement in September 2014 to deliver a new programme, based on an evidenced based framework developed by Achievement for All to raise aspirations and educational achievements.

Materials developed to support those schools working directly on the programme are now freely available here. The Toolkit for Schools contains a wealth of evidence based resources, tools and training materials to help schools engage more effectively with foster carers and other professionals, all with a focus on improving educational outcomes for children looked after.

Training sessions

Between October 2014 – April 2015 we ran 32 half-day education training sessions, training over 1200 foster carers, school staff, social workers and other professionals.

The sessions focused on three key areas:

  • Roles and responsibilities of professionals around the child with regard to education
  • Effective Personal Education Plans
  • Practical things foster carers can do to support learning at home