The Fostering Achievement Scheme supports foster carers and kinship foster carers, as first educators, by providing educational support and resources to enhance the social, personal and educational development of the children and young people in their care.
Whatever you want to do, education offers you the tools to get where you want to be. Fostering Achievement scheme aims to help you realise your dreams and potential.
If a young person is aged between 0 and 17 (or 18 if in full time education), is in an approved foster placement and has been in care for three months or more, support is available to help them on the road towards achieving their goals.
Fostering Achievement can provide individually tailored educational resources for children and young people which can include:
The Letterbox Club is delivered in Northern Ireland partnership with Book Trust as a means of helping to improve the numeracy and literacy skills of children aged 5 to 11.
This is an innovative project delivered in Northern Ireland by Fostering Achievement to provide support to children in care aged 7 to 11 years to improve their educational outcomes. Children who are members of the Letterbox Club receive monthly parcels to their foster homes.
The parcels are brightly coloured addressed personally to each child and contain reading materials, story CDs, stationery and mathematics games
The aims of the Letterbox Club are to improve children’s educational outcomes in reading and number, support children’s learning at home, support children’s engagement in their own learning, improve children’s attitude towards and enjoyment of learning, and improve children’s confidence and self esteem.
The Fostering Network's Tick the Box awareness campaign aims to encourage young people who have spent time in care to Tick the Box on their UCAS form saying they are care experienced, and get the extra support they are entitled to and may need while at university.
Going to university can be a huge challenge. This can particularly be the case for those who have lived in care who may have faced additional problems in life and may not have a family to support them through higher education.
Universities can help care experienced young people with additional support. In order to access this support, they need to Tick the Box on their UCAS form. But the number of those ticking the box isn’t as high as it should be. The Fostering Network believes that too many care experienced young people are missing out on the chance of further support while at university, and we want to change that.
Our aim through the Tick the Box campaign is to get the message that it is important to tick the box and access support to as many care experienced young people and foster carers as possible.
The support on offer will vary from university to university, and can range from additional financial support in the form of a bursary to practical support to help care leavers settle into university, find accommodation or manage finances. Read our Tick the Box information leaflet for more detail on support during higher and further education.
Ticking the box is only used to enable universities to offer extra support to care leavers – it does not affect offers of university places.
Fostering Achievement offers a comprehensive summer programme for young people aged 8 to 17.
Fostering Achievement Primary Summer Scheme
Fostering Achievement runs week long summer schemes throughout Northern Ireland for primary school children aged 8 – 11 years. These schemes are delivered by teachers and are packed full of fun activities which aim to encourage children to practise numeracy and literacy in a fun based way .
In summer 2016 we ran Fostering Achievement Primary Summer Schemes in the following schools
• Mill Strand Integrated Primary School, Portrush
• Victoria Primary School, Newtownards
• Saints and Scholars Integrated Primary School, Armagh
• Round Tower Integrated Primary School, Antrim
• Millenium Integrated Primary School, Carryduff
Fostering Achievement Adventure Day
Fostering Achievement runs an Adventure Day in Portrush for young people aged 12. Young people take part in outdoor activities such as bodyboarding and rock climbing.
Fostering Achievement Teen Adventure Scheme
Fostering Achievement delivers the Teen Adventure Schemes for young people aged 13 to 17 . These residential schemes are run throughout the summer and are designed to improve confidence and self-esteem. Young people participate in a 4 day residential where they take part in outdoor activities including kayaking, bodyboarding, coasteering and rock climbing.
Fostering Achievement Pathways to University Scheme
The Pathways to University Scheme is a five day residential delivered in partnership with Ulster University for young people aged 15 to 17. This scheme aims to raise young people’s awareness of university and encourage them to apply in the future. Young people will experience student living by staying in the Halls of residence, attending lectures and taking part in talks with careers and student finance. Young people will be given a budget to get their groceries for the week and will also experience the social aspect of university at bowling.
Fostering Achievement run celebratory events in each trust annually to recognise the achievements of children and young people in foster care who have received support through Fostering Achievement. All children in foster care who attend these awards will receive a certificate of achievement and a small token.
Young people's achievements recognised at these events include good school attendance, excellent A level results, learning to swim or drive or winning a dance competition.