It starts when teachers are training

Matchett, Elaine (2022) It starts when teachers are training. Adoption & Fostering. ISSN 0308-5759

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This article assesses the significance of generalist and designated schoolteachers for the educational experiences of children in care. Data were gathered from semi-structured interviews with twenty-one care experienced individuals aged between eighteen and twenty-seven and three senior employees of a children’s services department in an English local authority. Participants discussed the importance of relationships with key adults and peers, the complexity of disclosing their care status and their commitment to education. The results show that generalist teachers offer considerable support to children, far beyond their statutory responsibilities, but that the designated teacher (DT) role, although important, is not understood or utilised by their fellow teachers and the majority of pupils who are in care.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication in Adoption and Fostering
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29 November 2021Accepted
9 July 2022Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, children in care, looked after children, designated teacher, generalist teachers, virtual school
Subjects: CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-02 - teacher training
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Education and Social Work
Depositing User: Elaine Matchett
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2021 10:02
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2022 13:50

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