The School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sussex in collaboration with SLN:COP have developed a CPD programme for key supporters for children in care. The free workshops will offer advice and guidance around supporting young people in care through their education and, in particular, supporting journeys around progression into higher education (HE).

Care-experienced students in higher education often make the decision to come to university at a later age, perhaps returning to education following a period of disengagement from school or college in their past, yet currently just around 6% of care leavers aged 19-21 go into Higher Education, and those that do are nearly twice as likely to drop out then their peers.

As key influencers in the lives of these young people, ensuring that their supporters have an insight into HE, and an understanding around higher education pathways, will enable them to support their young people’s confidence and aspirations regarding their futures.

Attendees will have the opportunity to share insights and concerns; and to reflect together on the experiences of young people in care and the associated anxieties, challenges and support needs around pathways into HE. This will include introducing different pathways into HE, being a student in HE, the application process, some of the challenges faced, and associated support packages available to care-experienced young people (both pre-entry and as a student in HE).

The sessions will also discuss how best to ensure that aspirations are encouraged and supported in the context of any current disengagement from education or learning. The workshops are designed for supporters of all children in care, whether Foster Carers, Social Workers, PA’s, Teachers or Support Staff. They are relevant to those supporting children of all ages whether they are currently showing an interest or potential for higher study or not.

These free workshops take place across Sussex throughout May and June. For dates, venues and booking please download the poster HERE

For further information about this programme please contact our Mentoring Manager, Debra Vice-Holt