Further assistance and resources for Foster Carers and Children and Young People

The Sutton Virtual School website is a comprehensive resource, with a wealth of information to support children or young people looked after and previously looked after young people. This includes educational resources, our latest news and events, support and guidance for schools.

Don’t let year 10 & year 11 get you down! 

The start of year 10 & 11 can be a stressful time.  The thought of all the work ahead, exams, friendships and relationships can all get too much sometimes. Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop. It has useful discussion boards, a magazine and on-demand support via message or live chat.  If you could do with some extra support from an understanding community, have a look at the video or join and start exploring the site.  https://www.kooth.com/

EYFS Activities to go with your child’s resource pack

 Early Years Activity Parcels: we have recently launched the introduction of Early Years activity parcels, providing foster carers toys with carefully designed activities, all linked to the EYFS, that promote learning through play.  Please remember to go to our EYFS resource pages to find the latest activities to go with your parcel and let us know which ones your child enjoys!  Do contact sara.martin@cognus.org.uk with you feedback or if you have any questions.

Accessible Screenings

Did you know that many UK cinemas offer different types of screenings to provide an inclusive environment to ensure those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities can access the cinema? This includes audio screenings, Autism friendly screenings and subtitled/captioned screenings. Take a look here for more information.

Training Support & Resources

Executive function is an umbrella term for the processes involved in executing a task. It helps to monitor and control our thoughts and actions. Some children and young people expose to adverse experiences display trauma and attachment difficulties. This can result in a difficulty in the development of their executive function skills and therefore may impact on the cognitive processes required to achieve in school and complete everyday tasks. Our executive function series will assist you as a foster carer to support children and young people. Please find our videos here.

Financial Literacy

To supplement the development of the children’s financial understanding, we would like all foster carers to follow the link to a short training module that will help them to reinforce financial education in the home.  Please click on the Foster Carer training page for more information.

Magical Music

Music is a fantastic way for young people to engage with extra-curricular activities. They give students the chance to learn an instrument as well building their confidence and self-esteem. Sutton Music Service offer Sutton CLA the opportunity to learn one musical instrument for free to encourage more students to develop this skill. Please have a look here Music – Cognus to see what schools are currently offering lessons.

Free Music Lessons!

If your young person attends a Sutton school please click here to see if they are eligible for free music lessons.

The Princes Trust & London Learning Consortium careers programmes

We are always grateful to the many different organisations that we work with, who support Young people looked in engaging with education and training. The Princes Trust have launched a number of online events on a range of supportive careers programmes:

Achieve (16 – 25)  

The Achieve programme aims to create opportunities for young people by helping them to increase their confidence and develop the skills that they need to succeed in whatever they choose to do next.

Group Induction: Ongoing   

Where: Virtual Delivery  

How to refer: Email Natalie – natalie.west@bdc.ac.uk or 07458023691

Development Awards (16-30) 

The Princes Trust Development Awards can cover the cost of course fees, tools or equipment up to £160 in order to help young people achieve their goals and move into education, training or employment. For more information, visit their website here.

The London Learning Consortium

The LLC have also announced their Step to Employment Traineeship Programme, supporting young people in training for a number of career fields, including Graphic Design Interns, Games Developers and Administration Support Officers. The programme combines employability training, English & Maths qualifications, and a minimum of 70 hours work experience with an exciting employer that wants to nurture and develop new talent. More information can be found here.