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Guaranteed entry to college/education in Scotland for those who 'have been in care'?

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I've been reading on the news about an overhaul of the admissions to Scottish Universities, so they are 'contextualised'. This means that people from disadvantaged backgrounds may not have to meet exam criteria, which is a great thing, as long as the potential entrant has the talent and the work ethic, and aren't being set up to fail.


I'm not sure of anyone here will know, but thought it was worth asking. The article on the BBC website said that people 'who have been in care' will be guaranteed entry. Are they are actually talking about care leavers, or will that apply to adopted kids too, since they have invariably been in care too?


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-41963005

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Sorry - it's university not college.


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Interesting - will take a look....although I'm really not sure Uni is the right route for our children...


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I do know at SAAS, the body that sorts out fees,grants and loans , for both further education colleges and universities in Scotland, includes adoptees , as they have been in care, and has favourable terms for them apparently. I do t know the details though as my son did his own college application, but he said it was worth declaring his ex lac status.


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I'm not sure uni will be right for my girl. MY boy definitely has the brains, but as to whether he would manage himself.... As ever, it's all about the support. But I am very interested in the ins and outs of all this. x


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Not sure our two would be uni. potential. ASD/ADHD DD wants to be a Geography teacher but she can't even complete her own homework never mind mark anybody else's! Would be interested in how this pans out though as I would be keen on our two some sort of college course.


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Hi Haven,

Thanks for pointing this article out. I showed it to my dd3 who is wanting you go to university and she was very interested in it. She is currently year 11 so will be starting uni in 2020. As I am from Scotland and her birth family were Scottish I would love her to go to Scotland. There were a couple of things I was wandering - if it applied to students applying from England and what they meant by experience of care. I just read this on the Edinburgh uni website which clearly states what experience of care means at that university


https://www.ed.ac.uk/student-recruitment/widening-participation/projects...


This makes me so happy that she will receive recognition and support for her absolutely awful start in life. It is again a step towards people acknowledging that adoption does not mean an instant fix and ladopted children are affected throughou their lives.


Strathbeg x


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Mentioned this to DS (15) who talked to his friend (18) who is also adopted about it - they are both concerned that lowering the entry requirements could set students up to fail - if they struggle at school, they are likely to struggle at Uni too.... For me, it won't be the right route for DS at 18, but he is bright, so maybe it will be right for him at a later stage and this might just make it a little easier... Will certainly mention it to college as that is his current plan for next year.


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Bop - I worry about that too. Our girl would need lots of support. I am trying to delay her further education as long as I can - she's not academic anyway. She will finish school to 6th year, and probably only get as far as Nat 5 in her subjects - Highers will happen at college after that (maybe over a couple of years) and then we can look at what she wants to do with her life. Hopefully at 19 or 20 she might be like the average 17 - 18 year old!


Strathbeg - I would check - it may be about residency - things in Scotland usually are. But definitely worth scouting about and seeing if there are exceptions!


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