Training for Foster Carers by Key Stages

Including training for their social workers and residential care workers

Early Years Ages 3-7Nursery- Year 2
Key Stage 2Ages 7-11Years 3-6
Key Stage 3Ages 11-14Years 7-9
Key Stage 4Ages 14-16Years 10-11
Key Stage 5Ages 16-19 Years 12-14

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 activitiesKey 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 People
  • Special 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