Looked after and learning

Year: 2015
Topic: Education
Author: CELCIS

Improving the learning journey of looked after children

A child’s school is central to securing their wellbeing, in the present and the future. A positive learning experience, built on strong relationships, nurture and encouragement, protects against poor outcomes in adulthood, increasing an individual’s options and opportunities.

A practical resource

This booklet draws on decades of research and practice to highlight how to deliver a positive learning experience for every child, no matter their background. Teachers and educators can:

  • Understand the evidence – from academic literature, research, benchmarks from local authorities and practitioners to case studies
  • Understand what's working elsewhere
  • Use the self-evaluation tool to identify areas where you are working well and areas where you could improve

Key areas for sustained improvement

Teachers and educators can explore seven key areas that need to be given serious attention if there's to be sustained improvement:

  • Commitment to the designated manager role
  • Support for teachers
  • Promoting resilience and positive attachments
  • Planning for education
  • Developing engagement between schools, and parents and carers
  • Inclusive approach to education
  • Planning for improvement