Fostering Achievement

​Fostering Achievement was a programme in Northern Ireland, running from 2006-2018, that worked with foster and kinship carers as primary educators to improve educational outcomes for looked after children in foster care. After twelve years Fostering Achievement came to an end in March 2018 and was replaced by Fostering Attainment and Achievement.

Fostering Achievement was one of a range of innovative programmes that The Fostering Network runs to improve foster care and outcomes for fostered young people.

​For media enquiries regarding Fostering Achievement email The Fostering Network's media team or phone 020 7620 6441.

About Fostering Achievement

Fostering Achievement was a universal programme commissioned by the Health and Social Care Board and delivered in partnership with all five statutory Health and Social Care Trusts and independent fostering providers. 

Fostering Achievement aimed to improve the educational outcomes of children and young people in foster care through the provision of educational supports and resources to support a child’s educational and personal development. This may include one to one tuition, driving lessons, provision of IT equipment or activities such as music lessons and sports coaching. 

In addition, the scheme offered a full programme of summer activities including Primary Summer Schemes which encourage fun based learning, Teen Adventure activity based residential programmes and Pathways to University residentials to encourage aspiration.

Fostering Achievement produced significant improvements in educational outcomes for children in foster care and proved that with the right support all children can achieve their full potential. The scheme also proved to be a truly effective partnership, delivering resources and support to 13,905 young people over 10 years.



The Fostering Network delivered Fostering Achievement in Northern Ireland from 2006 until 2018 and the impact of the programme was demonstrated in improved educational outcomes for young people. Of those young people in receipt of tuition from Fostering Achievement and taking GCSEs in 2016, more than twice as many gained five or more A*-C grades compared to the general looked after child population. 

Read the impact report