Foster carers share responsibility for ensuring looked after children and young people of statutory school age have access to education appropriate to their age and ability. Children within the care system are often at lower educational levels than their counterparts and can therefore feel isolated and alone. Foster carers must ensure that regular school attendance is promoted and positive steps are taken to achieve educational continuity for each child or young person to ensure that the child is educationally supported.
Foster carers often liaise closely with the school through the designated teacher, to ensure the child is receiving the best education possible. Foster carers will have a copy of the child or young person’s education plan and will receive advice from the Local Authority as to how to best promote educational progress.
Foster carers should actively promote educational progress within the home and ensure that the home is well equipped with appropriate educational resources and materials. Children and young people are encouraged to study and the foster carer takes a close and supportive role in their educational progress.