At CELCIS, we are privileged to convene and coordinate a free, open-access network of practitioners and leaders who are involved, with or interested in, the education of children with experience of care, and their families.
Collaboration is central to any work that will close the persistent and unacceptable attainment and experience gap that exists for looked after children.
We encourage and facilitate opportunities for practitioners to come together in a reflective, challenging and enabling space. Welcoming members' specialist knowledge, wisdom and expertise of what works, and what could work better, we promote and enable collective progress to improve outcomes and experiences for care experienced children in education; from early years through to college and university.
Membership is free and open to anyone with an interest in this area of education. We have members who are students, foster carers, health visitors, teachers, and academics - so many different roles are represented.
Forum members receive regular newsletters about current education policy, research, and promising practice. In addition, CELCIS host two free half-day meetings each year, based on requests from members, current developments or issues of special interest. We also have an annual Forum conference, the theme of which is informed by members.
Collectively, Forum members are critical to shaping and influencing the work of CELCIS, and contributing to and informing policy and legislation at a national level. Past projects have involved working closely with Education Scotland to give feedback on the refreshed guidance of Included, Engaged and Involved, parts one and two and contributing to a suite of CELCIS consultation responses around educational reform and additional support needs.
Forum members tell us that the time and space to come together to think critically and creatively about what we need to be saying and doing differently in the every day is invaluable in making improvements for children.
You're still a valuable member of the Forum! We understand that work commitments and geographical challenges can make it more difficult for some members to physically attend Forum events. We make all the content from our meetings, events, and newsletters publicly available here on our website to make sure that all members have access to the range of resources available. The CELCIS Education team is also very happy to speak to members about recent developments or areas of particular interest and encourage people to keep in touch with each other, and the CELCIS Education Team, in between face to face events.
If you have any questions about the work of the CELCIS Education Forum, or the wider work of the CELCIS Education team please contact Linda O'Neill, Education Lead.
If you'd like to become a member of the Forum, sign up using the button below. We look forward to welcoming you soon.