Supporting the education of children in care

We are very excited to be hosting our first Twitter conversation Monday 5th August from 8-9pm, join us at #CareConvos to chat! 

These are some of the questions we’ll be thinking about:

  • Who was the most significant person in your education journey?

  • How has that shaped you today?

  • Why do foster carers aspirations matter? And how can they make a difference?

  • What support helps children in care in education do well?

We also wanted to illustrate education messages through research and literature as a way to stimulate conversation.

1) Key messages from research around carer involvement in educational support of children in care:

Examples of education quotes from literature:

Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones‘.

Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Bronte

Armansky read her [Salander’s] report over the weekend, several times, and spent part of Monday doing a half-hearted double-check of some of her assertions. Even before he began he knew that her information would prove to be accurate. Armansky was bewildered and also angry with himself for having so obviously misjudged her. He had taken her for stupid, maybe even retarded. He had not expected that a girl who had cut so many classes in school that she did not graduate could write a report so grammatically correct. It also contained detailed observations and information, and he quite simply could not comprehend how she could have acquired such facts‘. 

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2005) by Stieg Larsson.

 


I felt it important that I draw your attention to Conor’s superb artistic skills. As a new pupil, he is a joy to witness. Whatever materials we use, he fashions something outstanding. But most wonderful of all is his drawing ability. I understand he has lived in a variety of places and I wonder if this escape in his art is a way of coping. In which case, as a lover of art, too, I urge you to make sure Conor has plenty of materials at his disposal and plenty of quiet time to develop his talent. In my fifteen years as a teacher he is, without question, the most gifted artist for his humble five years that I’ve had the pleasure of teaching. Sincerely, Mrs Connelly.” 

-The Mountain in My Shoe (2016) by Louise Beech, (This excerpt describes a report about Connor, a young boy in foster care.)

 

*#OrphanStones from a collection by #CEP artist Saira-Jayne Jones

2 thoughts on “Supporting the education of children in care

  1. This Twitterchat was the best. It’s great to have an opportunity to discuss thoughts and experiences with practitioners, students and alumni. I honestly feel so uplifted about the discussion.

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