Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR)

Caring About Care

Promoting successful trajectories through the development of more human-scale systems

This event, held on Tuesday 3 July 2018, brought together researchers, academics, practitioners and other stakeholders who shared a commitment to improving the trajectories of care experienced young people within education systems. It highlighted the ‘endless small steps [that] fall out of the long term goal of university’ and the importance of approaches that put young people’s lived experiences at the centre.

See the post-event Caring About Care: EVENT BRIEF [PDF 814.64KB].

Speakers and their presentations

Matthew Blood from the London Borough of Islington talked about the role of the Virtual School in promoting good educational outcomes and the motivations that led to the development of the HE Champions Coaching programme for Looked After Children.
Developing successful pathways from care to university: The role of the Virtual School [PDF 1.04MB]

Anita Sehdev from the Kaizen Partnership reflected on the value of a more personalised, therapeutic coaching model and shared experiences of disadvantage in empowering young people around their decision-making and future trajectories.
Kaizen Coaching Model [PDF 86.48KB]

Dr Louise Gazeley and Dr Tamsin Hinton-Smith talked about the importance of rethinking notions of what constitutes success in the face of the ‘endless small steps [that] fall out of the long-term goal of university’ and the importance of ensuring that this diversity of experience is supported through the development of more human-scale systems.
Problematising 'success' - and arguing for more human-scale systems [PDF 758.00KB]

Dr Maggie Inchley from Queen Mary University of London and Dr Sylvan Baker from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama presented a participatory action research project that gathered and shared the personal testimonies of care-experienced young people, foster carers and social workers in order to heighten listening and provoke change in care and education. See http://www.theverbatimformula.org.uk/.
The Verbatim Formula: Creative participatory action research with young people and adults in the UK care system [PPTX 2.17MB]
NOTE: This presentation had a video embeded in the original version which is not in this version

Lynn O’Meara and Karen Tucker discussed how the development of support systems at the University of Sussex are improving experiences - from transition and beyond.
Supporting Care Leavers at Sussex: From transition and beyond [PDF 718.39KB]

Dr Fidelma Hanrahan presented findings from Against All Odds, an international research project building positive understandings of the experiences of young people and adults who have been in care. Accounts from care-leavers in England in education, training or employment highlighted what were often their hidden successes.
Uncovering complexity in pathways through education for care leavers [PDF 226.57KB]

Caring About Care: PHOTO GALLERY