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Back to school – Helping children to learn


Supporting the education of children who have experienced developmental trauma and struggle in the classroom environment requires a holistic and empathetic approach. As a foster carer, you play a crucial role in providing stability, emotional support, and practical strategies to help these children succeed in school. Here are 6 top tips to help you support their education:


  1. Build trust and connection: Establish a strong and trusting relationship with your child. This helps them feel safe and supported, making it easier for them to open up about their challenges and concerns at school.
  2. Communication and collaboration with school staff: Maintaining open communication with teachers, and other school staff and helping school understand your child better. Sharing information about triggers, and strengths, helps schools create a supportive learning environment.
  3. Provide consistency and routine: Children who have experienced trauma often benefit from predictable routines. Establishing consistent daily routines to create a sense of stability and safety will support your child’s learning.
  4. Encourage positive reinforcement: Recognising and celebrating your child’s achievements, no matter how small, boosts their self-esteem and motivation, leading to more engagement in learning activities.
  5. Play and creative activities: Engaging the child in activities that promote learning in a creative and calming way, such as art, music, or play-based learning can help the child process emotions and learn at their own pace.
  6. Encourage extracurricular activities: Support your child to participate in extracurricular activities that align with their interests and strengths. These activities can boost their self-confidence and social skills, they may be resistant at first because they believe they will not be good at things, but over time these beliefs will change.


Remember that each child’s experience is unique, so tailor your approach to their specific needs and preferences. Patience, understanding, and consistent support are key in helping looked-after children overcome their challenges and thrive in the classroom.