Pathways Through Education for Young People in Care: Ideas from Research and Practice.
British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF)
Safron House 6-10 Kirby STreet
London EC1N 8TS, Tel: 020 7520 0300
This book highlights the importance of education in helping English foster children successfully transition to adulthood. The first part of the book focuses on education policy and research results on the outcomes of children in foster care. Chapters chart the progress that has been made in focusing attention on the educational experiences of looked after children since the passing of the Children Act 1989, and analyze findings from 106 studies that indicate care has the potential to enable some children to recover from earlier adverse experiences if intensive educational help is coupled with skilled intervention to assess and treat mental health difficulties. Part 2 focuses on raising attainment and includes chapters on supporting unrealistic aspirations for children in care, the Letterbox Club, barriers to educational achievement for looked after children, spare-time activities for young people in care, promising results in improving foster children’s school achievements in Sweden and in Scotland, and paired reading as a literacy intervention for foster children. Part 3 considers strategies schools can use to foster learning in looked after children and includes chapters on inclusion, giving voice to children and young people in care, and the effects of trauma on children’s learning. The final part discusses higher education for looked after children and includes chapters on leaving care and aiming higher, education pathways for lone asylum–seeking and refugee young people, education and self-reliance among care leavers, and supporting the educational attainment of looked after children beyond Key Stage 4. Numerous references.
england; foster adolescents; academic achievement; school issues; POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION; EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS; barriers