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Mar
31

Our first Education Forum meeting of 2021 was held online in March with the theme of ‘Widening Participation and Access to Further and Higher Education’.   Read More ...

Topic : Education
Author : CELCIS


Mar
04

On World Book Day UK, Kirsty Hill, Regional Director at the Dollywood Foundation UK, discusses why reading for pleasure is crucial for children’s futures.   Read More ...

Topic : Education
Author : Kirsty Hill

Mar
03

Several local authorities in Scotland have chosen to allocate funding from the Care Experienced Children and Young People Fund towards the establishment and development of a Virtual School Head Teacher (VSHT) role, or a Care Experienced Team (CET). This led to the establishment in 2019 of the VSHT and CET Network, as a forum for support, information sharing, and discussion This interim evaluation report describes the developmental evaluation work which has been undertaken in support of the Network, and the findings in relation to the role of VSHTs and CETs both in the earliest days of the Network, and in the initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Read More ...

Topic : Education
Author : Leanne McIver

Feb
22

This document has been produced by the Virtual School and Care Experienced Team National Network with the intention of providing supportive, practical advice for schools and local authorities during the 2021 exam diet. This advice may be helpful when planning for and collating evidence to support an estimate, and when working alongside colleagues in schools to determine the appropriate grade and band to estimate for looked after or care experienced young people. The principles outlined within this document can also be applied to gathering evidence to support assessment at National 1-4 level.   Read More ...


Feb
22

A phone survey was carried out by the CELCIS Education Team in October 2020 with the members of the Virtual School Head Teacher (VSHT) and Care Experienced Team (CET) Network. The purpose of the survey was to gather information about the role, remit, and responsibilities of the network members in their developing roles.   Read More ...


Feb
22

This paper has been produced as part of a series of discussions undertaken by the Virtual School Head Teacher (VSHT) and Care Experienced Team (CET) network, alongside Scottish Government and Education Scotland representatives, hosted and convened by CELCIS.   Read More ...


Feb
04

CELCIS have responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the revised national guidance for child protection in Scotland. We welcome this draft guidance, and in this response we have made suggestions to further strengthen the ability of the guidance to support the practice of those who care for children, so that it can make a difference to the life of every child in Scotland.   Read More ...


Jan
19

In October 2020 CELCIS convened and facilitated a virtual workshop with the Virtual School Head Teacher (VSHT) and Care Experienced Team (CET) network. The workshop aimed to explore the unique role of VSHTs and CETs in relation to supporting children and families during COVID-19 and what impact, if any, members felt there had been for themselves, children and families, by being part of the VSHT and CET network.   Read More ...


Jan
19

In October 2020 CELCIS convened and facilitated a virtual workshop with the Virtual School Head Teacher (VSHT) and Care Experienced Team (CET) network. The workshop aimed to explore the unique role of VSHTs and CETs in relation to supporting children and families during COVID-19 and what impact, if any, members felt there had been for themselves, children and families, by being part of the VSHT and CET network.   Read More ...


Nov
24

Nikki Hepburn, Art teacher at Harmeny Education Trust, is a residential school providing care and education to children aged 5-14 who have experienced early years trauma, describes an animation project, funded by Creative Scotland, which created an innovative and accessible way for young people with complex social, emotional and behavioural needs to tell their own stories.   Read More ...


Nov
20

Resources from the November 2020 meeting of the CELCIS Education Forum.   Read More ...

Topic : Education
Author : CELCIS

Nov
11

Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about the Care Experienced Students Bursary (CESB) and higher education and further education. It covers details about who is eligible for the CESB, how to apply, and practical information about how payments are made.   Read More ...

Topic : Education
Author : Hub for Success

Oct
27

In 2018 the Citizens Theatre, in partnership with CELCIS, was awarded funding from the Life Changes Trust’s Creative and Active Lives initiative, to establish Scotland’s first professional theatre company for young actors with care experience. This was a bold and ambitious project. The vision was to establish, develop and nurture a unique Theatre Company for the many diverse voices of young people enabling them to be listened to, heard, and celebrated for their artistic talents.   Read More ...


Oct
15

CELCIS strongly supports this progressive approach to promote systemic change through legislation for the promotion of children’s rights through incorporation of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). With a comprehensive approach to implementation, this historic Bill can embed children’s rights across our public services, change how we view and realise rights in Scotland, and raise the status of all children in Scotland, including those in need of care and protection.   Read More ...


Oct
05

Claire Burns, Director of CELCIS (Acting), takes a moment to consider how much we have learned that we didn’t know before the COVID-19; how this emergency has thrown a spotlight on so much of what we already knew and what this means as we work to make change happen to realise The Promise.   Read More ...


Jul
28

This report has been produced by CELCIS and the University of Edinburgh and investigates how Scotland’s care leavers have been affected by digital exclusion during the COVID-19 health crisis and how local authorities have responded to these specific needs.   Read More ...


May
20

The Scottish Parliament's Education and Skills Committee is seeking information around the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on vulnerable children. CELCIS responded to this inquiry, sharing information on how services are responding to and supporting the needs of children and families in need of care and protection.   Read More ...


Feb
17

Barnardo's Scotland has published a new report 'Supervision in Education - Healthier Schools for All', which calls for better emotional and mental health support for education professionals to enab;le them to   Read More ...


Feb
11


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