How carers can support the education of children in care

How carers can support the education of children in care

Includes information on Personal Education Plans, attendance and keeping in touch with your child's school

Coronavirus (COVID- 19): resources for carers

The HOPE staff team has collated a range of resources to support carers (pdf, 240KB) (opens new window) . They include websites that offer tips on looking after yourself and talking to your young person about coronavirus, ideas for games and activities and some educational resources across different key stages.

Get support or extra teaching

If you want to discuss any issues to do with a child’s education, contact The HOPE on 0117 903 6282 between 9am and 4.30pm in term-time.

Ask to speak to the person who deals with the relevant year group or key stage.

They may also be able to arrange extra teaching for a child in your care.

We're especially trying to help young people who are underachieving, aren't attending school or are excluded, but we'll give advice on all educational issues.


If you’re a foster carer you can get training  to help children do better at school. We have  a range of training for foster carers (pdf, 42KB) (opens new window) . Information is circulated through the foster care newsletters. 

There is also some training for social care staff that carers might like to attend. Please ask your social worker for further information.

Stay in touch with the child’s school

Schools get pupil premium funding to give children in care extra help.

This is usually organised by the school’s designated teacher for children in care. You can contact this teacher to discuss what support the child will get. It’s important to talk about how the young person’s pupil premium will be spent in Personal Education Plan meetings.

Let the school know about any issues that could affect the child’s behaviour.

Make sure you stay aware of how the child is progressing at school. Attend parents’/carers’ evenings, read school reports and talk to the child about how they’re doing at school.

If need be, ask the school for support in how to help the child. Try speaking to the designated teacher, the class teacher or the head of year.

Personal Education Plan

Every child in care has a Personal Education Plan , which is initiated by the child’s social worker and implemented by the designated teacher. Your input and support is essential and you should go to Personal Education Plan meetings.

Good attendance 

When young people skip school it can have a big impact on how well they do, and put them at greater risk of harm.

If you think there could be problems with attendance, talk to the young person’s social worker.

Remember that holidays in term-time should only happen in exceptional circumstances.


Bristol schools should never permanently exclude a child in care and will work closely with our Inclusion team to find an alternative. Fixed term exclusions do occasionally occur. The school will work with the Inclusion team to try to avoid them or to minimise how long a child is excluded.

There is a standard process for dealing with exclusions in Bristol schools.

We have a checklist for you to refer to about supporting the child/children in your care with their education.

Checklist for carers to improve educational outcomes

A protocol is in place on managing exclusions in Bristol schools.

Support for residential carers

A small number of young people live in residential children’s homes.

The residential unit guidelines (pdf, 93KB) (opens new window) provide guidance for residential units on promoting education and life chances.

Guidance, policies and procedures

There are a number of local and national guidance and policy documents relating to the education of children in care. See Guidance, policies and procedures for further details.