Fostering Potential

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Fostering Potential programme aims to raise the educational outcomes of fostered children by increasing foster carers’ knowledge and confidence in their role as ‘first educators’.

Fostering Potential is funded by the Sir John Cass Foundation and the British & Foreign School Society, with the aim of supporting the educational outcomes of children who are currently in foster care. This programme builds on the successful London Fostering Achievement programme and also on work carried out under the London Schools Excellence Fund.

Programme approach 

Fostering Potential creates an educational peer support network in each local area, delivered by experienced foster carers in the role of Education Champions.

Education Champions work closely with other foster carers to increase their skills and confidence in their role as educators, sharing approaches and practical tools to support children’s learning and development.  Work is carried out via home visits, one-to-one meetings or by attending support groups. The project work may also be supported by additional training and events hosted by the fostering service or by the virtual school. 

Project partners

The Fostering Network is currently working in partnership with the following local authority fostering services: 

  • The London Borough of Islington
  • The London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • The Royal Borough of Greenwich
  • The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
  • Kent County Council
  • Suffolk County Council
  • Nottingham City Council

Fostering Potential webinars

The Fostering Potential programme will be supported by a series of online webinars, with the aim of sharing research evidence and best practice with foster carers. The webinar programme will begin in late April 2019.  Foster carers in the project areas will have priority for webinar spaces, but webinar recordings may be shared on this page at a later date.

If you have received a link for a Fostering Potential webinar please see the two support documents below:


Below are the presentations from each of the webinars (which will be updated after each webinar):


Webinar 1

Introduction - Susan Soar, The Fostering Network


Webinar 2

Research Evidence - Professor Judy Sebba, the University of Oxford REES Centre 


Webinar 3

Barriers to Achievement and Possible Solutions - Laura Stagg, Achievement for All

STEEP document

Laura Stagg also recommended Developing an Attachment Aware Behaviour Regulation Policy by Brighton & Hove City Council.



If you are a foster carer in one of the participating areas please contact your fostering service for more details.  For all other enquiries please email the project manager on