A new report by the charity ‘Become’ has found worrying evidence of negative attitudes to looked after children in schools, and reveals that the vast majority of teaching staff have no training before they qualify, to equip them to support children in care. 87% of teaching staff in England and Wales who responded to the survey had heard negative generalisations by other teachers about children in care and 31% of respondents had heard such views often. 87% of respondents received no training about looked after children before they qualified as a teacher. Without this background, teachers are struggling to meet the needs of some of their most vulnerable students.

You can download the report here: https://becomecharity.org.uk/for-professionals/resources/teachers-who-care/

The report’s recommendations include changes to teacher training, a wider sharing of knowledge across teaching staff and more joined up working between schools and local authority children’s services.

The report notes that: “...providing better support for children in care within schools benefits other pupils. Approaches such as attachment awareness in schools can particularly benefit children in care, but will help all students and help teachers to feel empowered to meet their students’ needs.”

Adoption UK’s Sue Armstrong Brown said: “This report is further evidence of the need for a re-think in the way we’re supporting our most vulnerable children in school. All children who’ve had a tough start in life – whether they’re looked after, adopted or have suffered bereavement or family breakdown – deserve an equal chance at school. We know teachers want the best for all their pupils. We must equip them to help every child succeed, including the ones who are at the greatest disadvantage.”