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
Why do we need to support the education of fostered children and young people?
The Fostering Network believes that it is vital to support the education of fostered children and young people because the available evidence shows that children who are looked after generally have lower attainment at school than other children.
‘We cannot make them succeed, but we can provide them with what they need to make success possible. We can give them a home and an environment that will help them to achieve their best. For children and young people to really achieve, they need to feel proud of themselves. We can keep reminding them every day of how brilliant they are.’ Linda, foster carer
Supporting learning and development
The following pages will give foster carers some starting points for supporting a child's learning and development at home:
Young people who have experience of care should be able to aim high and fulfil their potential. This might include going to college or university. When applying to study via UCAS, young people with care experience should tick the box to say that they have spent time in care, so they can get the support they may need, to help them enter and thrive at college or university.