Training for Foster Carers by Key Stages

Including Training for Their Social Workers and Residential Care Workers

See Induction for training for Foster Carers.

The support that carers should give their children and young people changes, but does not lessen, according to their age and the demands of the key stage they are in. It is important to note that children and young people who have experienced trauma may be up to two years behind their peers developmentally. Indeed, many who do not achieve according to national expectations at Key Stage 4 may well, with the right support and an extra year or even two in Key Stage 5, be abe to fully catch up. For foster and residential care workers, the key to supporting them is to understand the different pathways they make take and the learning demands of each different type of qualification. Topics for training according to the key stage/age of the child are therefore focused on the demands and structures of the particular key stage.We offer both training for foster carers, their social workers and residential home carers according to the key stage, age-related educational needs of their child looked after and Induction training. We offer prior consultation with local authority fostering services and independent fostering agencies with a view to tailoring our training to their particular needs.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EFYS) and Key Stage 1

An introduction to how relational and developmental trauma and loss impacts on the learning of young children
Admission to nursery, reception and school
Understanding the EYFS
Using literacy to meet the goals of the EYFS and counteract the negative impact of trauma
Play as learning and healing
Assessment and progress at EYFS and Key Stage 1
The role of the foster carer in the Early Years Personal Education Plan
Use of Pupil Premium Plus
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice
Home learning
Cyber safety
Enrichment activities

Key Stage 2

An introduction to how relational and developmental trauma impacts on learning
Understanding assessment and progress at Key Stage 2
Working with your child’s school
The role of the foster carer in the Personal Education Plan
Use of Pupil Premium Grant
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice
Enrichment activities
Supporting home learning
Cyber safety
Transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3
Understanding secondary school structures

Key Stage 3:

An introduction to how relational and developmental trauma impacts on learning with specific reference to children reaching puberty
Understanding assessment and progress at Key Stage 3
Promoting attendance and preventing exclusion
Finding a new school during the school year
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice
Working with your child’s school
The Personal Education Plan
Use of Pupil Premium Plus
Preparation for KS4 and beyond
Changing your support needs for home learning
Extra-curricular learning and enrichment activities
Cyber safety

Key Stage 4:

An introduction to how relational and developmental trauma impacts on the learning of teenagers
The impact of being an Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Teenager
Admission to school for young people at KS4, including those with an EHCP or who are UASC
The different pathways at KS4
Subject choice, assessment and progress at KS4
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice
Alternative education provision
The Personal Education Plan
Pupil Premium Plus and learning support
Supporting behaviour for learning
Home learning
Cyber safety
Transition to sixth form school or college

Key Stage 5:

Statutory guidance and requirements for Looked After young people 16+
Dealing with the impact of trauma on achievement and attainment at KS5
Post 16 provision, pathways, qualifications (including traineeships and apprenticeships)
The differing needs of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Young PeopleSpecial Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice
Extra-curricular support with learning
Cyber safety
The Post 16 Personal Education Plan
Preparing for further and higher education, training and employment
Applying to further and higher education