Caring2Learn is a research project to support children and young people who are: 

  • looked after 
  • previously looked after 
  • vulnerable 

We want to provide all our looked after children and young people with the foundation for them to: 

  • have the confidence to go on to learn 
  • be aspirational  
  • achieve their full potential 

Aims of the project

Caring2Learn aims to:

  • improve learning through knowledgeable care and learning communities 
  • ensure our children and young people feel safe and believe they belong 
  • upskill and support our carers and educators to help: 
    • support children and young people in and out of education settings 
    • support the wellbeing, emotional and mental health of all vulnerable children
    • encourage active participation in education and improve attendance
    • reduce the number of exclusions of vulnerable children
    • encourage higher aspiration and self-esteem 

To achieve these aims, we work with:

  • schools 
  • foster carers 
  • residential carers  
  • children’s services teams, including: 
    • the Virtual School 
    • inclusion 
    • fostering and adoption 
    • Looked After Children 
    • family assessment and support teams  

Three main areas of work

  1. The Caring2Learn Award identifies, celebrates and supports excellent practice in education and care. 
  2. A comprehensive learning and development programme based on evidence-informed approaches.
  3. The Hub Support Network shares success stories with education professionals and carers. It includes education champions from Foster Care and Education who offer: 
    • individual and group support
    • advice and guidance on all things Caring2Learn 

By joining us, you will play an integral role in meeting these objectives. You will also gain access to a supportive network of: 

  • education settings 
  • carers  
  • social care professionals 

We work together to improve opportunities for all our children and young people. 

To find out more or get involved, email