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Achieving for Children
AfC Virtual School

Virtual School for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
& the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Foster Carer Training

The role of the Foster Carer and Supervising Social Worker in Supporting and promoting the education of children looked after in Key Stages 1 and 2

Supporting the education of the children in their care, special guardianship and adoptive parents is a key function of carers.  It requires understanding and skills beyond those needed by parents in the everyday help they provide to their birth children because of the additional needs of children looked after and previously looked after. 

 

The course will include,

  • Thinking about what education actually is
  • Educational Outcomes for Children Looked After
  • The role of the foster carer and what research tells us about that role
  • How attachment trauma impacts on education and what you can do to mitigate the impact
  • Practical strategies for supporting home learning   
  • The carer’s role in making the Personal Education Plan effective
  • Supporting attendance and decreasing exclusion
  • Special educational needs
  • Transition from Nursery to Reception and Year 6 to Year 7
  • The importance of extra-curricular activities           

 

The role of the Foster Carer and Supervising Social Worker in Supporting and promoting the education of children looked after in Key Stages 1 and 2

Supporting the education of the children in their care, special guardianship and adoptive parents is a key function of carers.  It requires understanding and skills beyond those needed by parents in the everyday help they provide to their birth children because of the additional needs of children looked after and previously looked after. 

 

The course will include,

  • Thinking about what education actually is
  • Educational Outcomes for Children Looked After
  • The role of the foster carer and what research tells us about that role
  • How attachment trauma impacts on education and what you can do to mitigate the impact
  • Practical strategies for supporting home learning   
  • The carer’s role in making the Personal Education Plan effective
  • Supporting attendance and decreasing exclusion
  • Special educational needs
  • Transition from Nursery to Reception and Year 6 to Year 7
  • The importance of extra-curricular activities           

 

Managing Challenging Behaviour- Foster Carers, Supervising Social Workers, Special Guardians and Adoptive Parents (Richmond and Kingston)   28th January, 2020    RBWM  10th March 2020

As a foster carer, adoptive parent or special guardian – as for any parent or carer, from time to time, you may need to manage your child or young person’s challenging behaviour.  This course will help you to better understand possible causes for this behaviour and how best to manage behaviour in a safe, positive and effective way.  This course will also explore how you can best work with the other professionals who work with your child in order to ensure the best educational outcomes for your child.

  • To understand the role of the Virtual School
  • To better understand their  role as a Foster Carer or adoptive parent, particularly in relation to supporting their child to manage and regulate their behaviour
  • To be better able to enforce clear and consistent boundaries in order to manage their child’s behaviour
  • To feel equipped to keep their child safe online.
  • To feel equipped to ensure the wellbeing of their child and themselves.

“Excellent, I will recommend to my colleagues.  Everything was lovely, the people..friendly, Virtual School Team were very professional...” Foster Carer

"The course was very informative. It is always useful to take what we’ve learnt and put in to practice. Also sharing experiences with fellow FC’s is very important part of course - T & M H"

"Good to network with other carers and to receive ideas and support from others - JS"

 

Click here to access the Course Enrolment Form.