Since I started my #adoptionschoolstrain campaign at the beginning of 2014 support and understanding of the help adopters and guardians need with schools has improved. It might not seem that way and I am frustrated by the time it is taking but the DfE are listening and commissioning projects to help and this is a […]

Last Wednesday over 80 Adopters, Prospective Adopters, Virtual School leaders, Social Workers and Teachers came to the Culture Space at Canada Waters library in South London. They heard presentations on ‘Why Children Placed From Care Need Support In School’ . First Adopter and Adoption UK senior manager Scott Casson- Rennie spoke of the need and […]

The Big Picture Consider these numbers for adoptions in England Average annual cost of a child in care:                                                                   £100,000  (1) 4000 adoptions a […]

Essential for Prospective Adopters, Adopters, Special Guardians, Virtual Schools, Adoption Social Workers, Designated Teachers and SENCOs.  ‘Why Children Placed From Care Need Support In Schools’  We Are Family and the South London Adoption Consortium have organised this very important evening presentation. Many prospective adopters hardly think about schools in the excitement of starting a new family, but once […]

At the recent planning meeting there were some very powerful statements from staff and parents. The job we had to do was to show that Beech Lodge was special enough to allow the development on greenbelt land. Founder Daniela Shanly and the authors have given me permission to publish some of these. They show the significant difference the […]

Beech Lodge School Planning Hearing 12th January 2016 Statement by Gareth Marr. My experience that is relevant to this hearing is – I am a Governor of the Virtual School for Windsor and Maidenhead. I am a member of the Management Board of the Virtual School for Wokingham. I have just been consulted by West […]

Money, Money, Money claim it by 21st January!  £1900 for every child adopted from care in England or placed from care with a guardian. One of the best things the DfE have done for our children. It was what got me started on my campaign in 2014 and we are coming up to the two […]