The Letterbox Club: an Account of a Postal Club to Raise the Achievement of Children aged 7 to 13 in Foster Care.
University of Leicester, School of Education.
Published: June 2012
Children and Youth Services Review
Vol. 34, No. 6 , p. -1106.
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The "Letterbox Club" is an intervention that provides reading, writing and mathematics materials to children in public care with the aim of improving their educational attainment. Materials are sent addressed to the child at their place of residence, for children to use on their own or to share with other family members. This paper outlines the early development of the intervention and the eventual form of its organization and content. National pilots in England showed that children enjoyed and benefited from receiving personalized materials over a sustained period, and there were improvements in attainment in reading and mathematics for many children. The majority of foster carers reported higher levels of engagement with their foster childr
Foster children; Educational programs; Home based services; Academic achievement; Demonstration programs; England