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Education Services for Your Foster Children

When you become a Compass carer you have access to a unique and highly valued Education Service that offers advice, guidance, consultancy and training.

Compass Fostering is committed to keeping children in schools within their local community. Through our work with the local education authority we provide support for children who find the transition to new situations and environments difficult.

Our supervising social workers will attend meetings at school with you and we have access to qualified teachers and support staff who can work with carers and local authority colleagues to provide packages of support for those young people who are experiencing difficulty in making use of the educational opportunities on offer. Where young people have little or no command of the English language, we have links with specialist agencies who provide intensive education and language courses.

For children who require additional support either in school or outside of school, Compass Fostering will work closely with carers to ensure the child’s needs are met. Educational needs are assessed for all Looked After Children through a Personal Education Plan and foster carers are encouraged by our staff to support the child’s key targets.

Evidence shows that children and young people in foster care are less likely to do well at school. However, children fostered with Compass Fostering achieve higher than average GCSE results and attendance rates. We continually support fostered children and their families with their learning and development.

For some children who are unable to attend school, we can offer ‘experiential education’ to get them back into the swing of learning and back into education.

Rebecca Slayford
Director of Education Services
Caroline Stride
Lead Teacher for Group Education Service
Angela Hall
Post 16 Coordinator