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By the age of 13 Collette Isabel Stadler had experienced nine changes of school and as many placement moves. It was only by chance that she eventually found ‘new parents’ who supported her education and encouraged the ability and aspirations that led to a place at university. She makes a...
By tracking the records of individual looked after children from GCSE back through Key Stages 3, 2 and 1, Angela O'Sullivan and Rob Westerman were able to show a steady widening of the gap between their attainment and that of children not in care. Despite weaknesses in local authority data, the...
The changing nature of adoption means that more children being placed have experienced traumas that are likely to affect their educational progress. This is manifest in the raised levels of special educational needs among adopted children. Yet, the benefits of educational fulfilment are...
Randy Lee Comfort, a social worker, educational psychologist and mother of both birth and adopted children, is founder and Executive Director of ‘Our Place’, a unique centre in Bristol for adoptive and foster families. Here she focuses on how the centre responds to the educational needs of the...
In her submission to the Primary Review, Melody Moran argued that schools have an important role to play in fostering resilience and motivation in looked after children. She drew on experience in her own school and evidence of more successful practices in the care and education of looked after...
Claire Cameron reports results from a study on the use of services by a group of young people who have left local authority care, where the proportion holding educational qualifications is above the average for care leavers. Using the concept of self-reliance, she explores how care leavers...
Judy Cashmore, Marina Paxman and Michelle Townsend focus on the educational and employment pathways and outcomes for young people after leaving care in Australia, based on a longitudinal study of young people ‘ageing’ out of care in New South Wales. Consistent with the findings of other research...
Sonia Jackson and Sarah Ajayi report findings from the first UK study of young people in care who go to university. They suggest that foster care could play a major role in enabling more looked after children to access higher education and complete their courses successfully
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