Compass recently featured in Ofsted’s East Midlands regional report. Jane Melbourne from Ofsted said:
‘Congratulations! It is indeed noteworthy to be included in this report. And particularly as your data upturns the regional data for looked after children.’
Here’s an extract from the report:
‘Compass Children’s Services is an independent fostering agency based in Loughborough. It has a strong focus on securing good educational outcomes for children in its care; in 2013, 40% achieved at least five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and mathematics.
To help children catch up with schooling and overcome previous negative experiences, Compass Complementary Education provides education for any young person placed with Compass Children’s Services who does not have a full-time educational placement. It offers relevant and appropriate educational experiences and activities to improve children’s self-esteem and help them reintegrate into full-time education successfully.
Compass has found that great benefits can be gained by building strong professional relationships between carers and teachers so they can work as a team to support the child’s learning and development. All Compass foster carers receive training to help children achieve the best possible educational outcomes. Qualified teachers attend personal education plan (PEP) meetings on behalf of Compass. They are responsible for ensuring that carers are supported to play their part in helping their foster child attend and achieve at school. They support children with learning when there are difficulties and use the child’s PEP as a working document to help improve outcomes for the child.’