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Research shows that education and skills development play a significant role in improving the life chances, health and wellbeing, and reducing inequalities, of everyone in society. For care experienced children and young people, additional support may be needed during their educational journeys to help meet their needs and create environments and opportunities where they feel settled, confident and motivated. This, in turn, will contribute to improved educational experiences, higher attendance in school, college and further education, more choices and brighter futures.

CELCIS works alongside anyone interested in or involved with education to build an understanding of the needs of care experienced children and young people. Our work is centred on ensuring equity of opportunity in education between care experienced children and their peers by developing, and supporting others to develop, day-to-day tools and strategies that build on the skills and aspirations of all care experienced children.

Together with teachers, carers and other professionals, we are focused on meeting the needs of children, young people and their families so that every child in Scotland receives the high quality and well-rounded education they deserve. These close working relationships enable us to develop specific training and support, facilitate connections between professionals, and to design and deliver work that aligns with the individual needs and priorities of everyone we work with. That way, we will help to ensure that our care experienced children and young people grow up loved, safe and respected.

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If you’d like to find out more about our work in education and how we can help you, get in touch with our team. Email our team

We hold regular meetings and events for people working with or interested in the education of care experienced children and young people. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive updates.

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Looked After and Learning

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Front cover of Looked after and learning


Our Looked After and Learning toolkit is one example of how we’ve used practitioner insight and wisdom.

It is combined with research evidence and policy to give schools a handy benchmarking guide which can be used to understand what makes a difference and ask questions about how support being offered to care experienced children and young people can be strengthened.

Download the toolkit here

Virtual School Head Teachers’ Network

Virtual school head teachersFind out more about Scotland's Virtual School Head Teachers and how their work is helping to drive progress towards improved educational experiences for all care experienced children and young people.

Read more about Scotland’s Virtual School Head Teachers

CELCIS Education Forum

A teacher helping a young pupilFind out more about the CELCIS Education Forum, a free, open-access network for teachers, practitioners and other professionals who are involved or interested in the education of care experienced children and their families.

Read more about the CELCIS Education Forum

Reports and statistics

Children's Social Work Statistics 2021-22

Published April 2023

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Education Outcomes for Looked After Children 2020-21

Published July 2022

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CELCIS publications

Case Study

Children's Services Reform Research Concluding report

This concluding report, published in December 2023, brings together key themes and learning from across the study’s findings and determines that there are a range of elements which contribute to creating the optimal cond…

Education events

Fostering love through relationships

In this blog post for Foster Carer Fortnight 2024, Seany, a lived experienced Consultant wanted to share some thoughts, from her experience of foster care, on navigating the unknown, getting to know and be cared for by n…