Education

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Research shows that education and skills development play a significant role in improving the life chances, health and wellbeing, and reducing inequalities, of everyone in society. For care experienced children and young people, additional support may be needed during their educational journeys to help meet their needs and create environments and opportunities where they feel settled, confident and motivated. This, in turn, will contribute to improved educational experiences, higher attendance in school, college and further education, more choices and brighter futures.

CELCIS works alongside anyone interested in or involved with education to build an understanding of the needs of care experienced children and young people. Our work is centred on ensuring equity of opportunity in education between care experienced children and their peers by developing, and supporting others to develop, day-to-day tools and strategies that build on the skills and aspirations of all care experienced children.

Together with teachers, carers and other professionals, we are focused on meeting the needs of children, young people and their families so that every child in Scotland receives the high quality and well-rounded education they deserve. These close working relationships enable us to develop specific training and support, facilitate connections between professionals, and to design and deliver work that aligns with the individual needs and priorities of everyone we work with. That way, we will help to ensure that our care experienced children and young people grow up loved, safe and respected.

Looking for more information?

If you’d like to find out more about our work in education and how we can help you, get in touch with our team. Email our team

We hold regular meetings and events for people working with or interested in the education of care experienced children and young people. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive updates.

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Looked After and Learning

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Our Looked After and Learning toolkit is one example of how we’ve used practitioner insight and wisdom.

It is combined with research evidence and policy to give schools a handy benchmarking guide which can be used to understand what makes a difference and ask questions about how support being offered to care experienced children and young people can be strengthened.

Read it here


Virtual School Head Teachers’ Network

VSHTs.pngFind out more about Scotland's Virtual School Head Teachers and how their work is helping to drive progress towards improved educational experiences for all care experienced children and young people.

Read more about Scotland’s Virtual School Head Teachers


CELCIS Education Forum

Education Forum.pngFind out more about the CELCIS Education Forum, a free, open-access network for teachers, practitioners and other professionals who are involved or interested in the education of care experienced children and their families.

Read more about the CELCIS Education Forum


Reports and statistics

CELCIS publications

Case Study

Your Right to Continuing Care

If you are a ‘looked after’ young person living with foster carers, kinship carers or you live in residential care this is important information for you. This information helps explain your rights and what you are entitl…

Education events

CELCIS Education Forum October 2022

Online Education Forum meeting