On Wednesday 6th of June at The University of Manchester, an informative CPD event took place for our Tutors. This was led by a representative from one of our partner organisations, Frontline, and focused on working with Looked After Children (LAC).

Only 19% of children in care achieve a C or above in English and Maths at GCSE compared to 60% of all children. This is why LAC tuition is so important and we were delighted to see so many of our tutors wanting to learn more and attend the event.

Matt Wallis, our Quality and Impact Manger, believes that “LAC tuition is a really important part of our work and it was great to see that so many tutors were interested in learning more about supporting these children.”

Nita Sangha, who delivered the workshop, encouraged tutors to interact with each other. She provided case studies and statistics that our tutors analysed and discussed in small groups.  The event offered insights on the kinds of backgrounds and mindsets that many of our LAC pupils may have, and gave our tutors a chance to consider the methods they use to engage with Looked after children. Emma, one of the attending tutors, left the event saying:

“It was quite shocking to hear the statistics, but it was great to see that there are plans in motion to help change this. Listening to someone working with Frontline was very inspiring: I learnt a lot about the benefits of working with vulnerable young people and how it can really benefit their future lives. I definitely learnt a lot in the case studies. It helped explain why my LAC pupils have acted in certain situations and allowed me to identify improved ways of responding.”