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Acorn Digital Learning

Studying for GCSEs can be a stressful time for many young people, with those in care having additional challenges and needs.

When listening to feedback from our carers, you’ve told us it can be challenging supporting young people through their exams – especially if current revision techniques are unfamiliar, or a child is out of school.

The National Fostering Group has worked together with Acorn Digital Learning, also part of the Outcomes First Group, to provide a revision package for GCSE students in time for this summer’s exams.

What’s in the Revision Package?

We’re happy to provide revision material for English, Maths and Science in line with AQA and Edexel examination boards.  The package includes:

  • Live online drop-in revision sessions with teachers from Acorn Digital Learning.
  • Guides on revision techniques for young people, carers and parents supporting them.
  • Revision master-class videos form ADL.

When is this service available?

The live Drop-Ins are an 8-week programme starting Tuesday 3rd March, running until the start of exam season. These are facilitated via an online classroom with a real teacher.

All you need for a young person to take part is an email address, stable internet connection, a laptop or Chromebook and ideally a headset with microphone.

Who are Acorn Digital Learning?

ADL are exclusively an online school, providing education for children who are in transition between schools (short and long term), or struggling in a classroom environment.  ADL teachers are experienced teaching children in care, with a variety of needs, plus children in mainstream schools.  By being part of the same larger group, we are able to offer ADL’s services out to all carers in the National Fostering Group at no cost.

How do we take part in the live Drop Ins?

  • Select the drop in(s) you’d like to attend from the schedule on your local website.
  • Email [email protected] to register your interest, detailing which session(s) the young person in your home wishes to attend.
  • Ten minutes before the lesson starts, the ADL teacher running the class will email you a link to the secure online classroom.
  • Simply follow the link, enter the student’s name and the teacher will look after you from there.

To further support the education of a child in your care, you also have access to the ‘Britannica School’ online library.  Here you will find vetted information, news, images and videos for all age groups.  Simply head to and enter the ID number ‘NFAstudent’.

If you have any questions about accessing the revision material or ADL school please email [email protected]

Useful Documents


How to use the ADL online classroom

2020 Live Drop in Schedule and Registration

Revision Guides

New 9 to 1 GCSE Grades

Useful Videos