What becoming a foster mum taught me about vulnerable pupils

This headteacher has used her experience of caring for children from challenging backgrounds at home to make a change in how she supports vulnerable students who attend her school

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When my husband and I were finally approved as foster parents for the 16-18 age bracket, we had a very idealistic view of the support that the teenagers who came to us would need. Nothing prepared us for the stories we would hear, the young people’s own expectations of themselves and the inappropriate behaviour that had become normalised.

I’m a headteacher in a state infant school. I have witnessed many traumatic cases. But my experience as a foster carer has led me to strongly believe that what we see, as educators, is merely the tip of the iceberg.

Tigger, a short-term placement, attended a ...

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