Adoption UK is the leading charity providing support, community and advocacy for all those parenting or supporting children who cannot live with their birth parents. The Adoption UK website is full of useful information, downloads and resource links for schools and parents.
Adoption UK have recently published a set of information leaflets designed for parents and education settings to support with transitioning children.
Beacon House is an integrated mental health and occupational therapy service offering a range of assessments and therapies for children, families and adults. It has a vast array of free resources for schools to support understanding of trauma and attachment. Please visit their website for more information.
Braveheart Education educate and support those living with or working with vulnerable children – whether they are looked after, adopted or in challenging home environments. Free educational resources and podcasts are available on their website. Please visit their website for more information.
Coram Life Education is part of the Coram Charity and is the leading provider of high quality Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education and works to support 475,000 children nationally. Please visit the Coram Life Education Website for more information.
The Adoptables School Toolkit - Register for the toolkit
Created by adopted young people aged 13 to 25 with specialist educators from Coram Life Education. It explores the issues highlighted by the young people as particularly sensitive or challenging, such as friendships, relationships, family, certain lesson topics, and also what they would like teachers to know.
The Toolkit involved consultation with teachers and is matched to PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) Association Learning Opportunities within the areas Relationships, Living in the Wider World and Health and Wellbeing. It comprises two separate resources, one aimed at those teaching Key Stage 2 pupils (aged from nine to 11) and one for those teaching Key Stage 3 students (aged from 11 to 14).
The Toolkit canters around a collection of fun interactive lesson plans alongside creative short films which help students understand what it’s like to be adopted and how adopted young people can feel at school. For Key Stage 3 students the Toolkit can also include the participation of a peer educator who is part of the Adoptables network.
Responses to the pilot sessions of the Schools Toolkit have been very positive with 95% of Key Stage 3 class participants rating it good or very good and all teachers strongly agreeing that the pupils engaged well with the session and the content was appropriate.
First 4 Adoption is the national information service for people interested in adopting a child in England. The First 4 Adoption website is a good source of information for Pupil Premium Funding and educational links.
PAC-UK is the ‘country’s largest independent Adoption Support Agency with an Education Service working with children, parents and schools to improve the educational experience of previously LAC/adopted children.’ The PAC-UK website has a vast array for educational resources.
PAC-UK’s guide for school staff Meeting the needs of adopted and permanently placed children: A guide for school staff covers a range of topics including: what we know about our children in education, a background to early developmental trauma, whole school approaches, and support for schools and families. The guide is accompanied by easy to use resources that can be implemented in individual classrooms or across whole schools.
Stonewall provides information on developing an inclusive curriculum, resources and examples for storybooks to use in the classroom. Please visit the Stonewall website
Recommended Books and Classroom Resources
The diverse nature of today’s family structures means that schools need to be inclusive to all types of families as well as providing education as to the importance of social acceptance.
There is a vast array of books and classroom resources for all age groups. These can be used, not only in PSHE lessons, but across the curriculum.
The list below is a good starting point, but there are many more available. Coram and PAC-UK also offer school resources.
Autism is a Superpower by Poppy Thorne is a creative and interactive booklet designed for young people with autism and ADHD to better understand how their brain works and why their everyday perceptions might be different from their peers. This is also a useful resource for teachers, parents and anyone working with young people.