Sarah Rivers, Headteacher of the Virtual School for Looked After Children, Staffordshire County Council and Lee Pardy-McLaughlin, Principal Social Worker, Staffordshire County Council
This is a timely book that brings together evidence and case studies around the importance of the integration of care and education in daily life, in order for children in public care and care leavers to flourish. The message that being cared for in school and educated at home is explored in a series of chapters that are easy to read and offers insight into strategies that could be applied whether you are a teacher, social worker, foster carer or residential worker. As schools are increasingly accountable in the delivery of results I think the book will be particularly useful for designated teachers of Looked After Children to read and understand the importance of care in the educational environment to unlock potential. With the increase of pupil premium plus funding for Looked After Children there is an increasing scrutiny around how we are using resources and there is good evidence in this book to support the prioritisation of these resources for social and emotional support in the education context.
Phil Thomas NPQH, Director of ThinQ Education Ltd
This excellent and comprehensive book deals with a subject that has taxed the minds of teaching professionals, politicians and care workers for decades and which has been documented in all manner of statistical analyses - that of the education of children in care or, more importantly, the need for better education of children in care. This important, practical and thoroughly-researched book deals with the need for effective education in its broadest sense for children in care and how practically to achieve this between a supportive care environment - or 'learning placement' - and an equally supportive educational establishment - or 'caring school'. The book is readable, engaging and relevant because it draws on that most essential and deeply felt of human traits - compassion.
Louise Michelle Bomber, Attachment Support Teacher, Therapist and Author of Settling to Learn
Finally, the evidence! With the publication of this book it becomes even more urgent that schools consider their social pedagogy. Children in care need a diet of rich, relational, on- going experiences together with us to enable felt security, stability and security: the core conditions for becoming successful learners. Attachment matters.