Information, advice and guidance

If you are having problems at school then you have come to the right place.

The HOPE Virtual School for children in care has been specially set up to help you achieve your potential in education.

We have teachers and education advocates who link directly with schools in Bristol and outside of the city.

If you would rather send a message than speak to someone on the phone, contact The HOPE via 'Get in touch' (see above) and we'll get back to you ASAP!


What is a Designated Teacher?

All maintained (local authority) schools and academies have to have one person who has a special responsibility for making sure that you are doing well in school - this person is called the Designated Teacher for Children in Care.

We know that there are lots of people in school helping you but it is this person's job to make sure that everything is in place to help you reach your full potential.

Your social worker will know who that person is. You can go to them with any problems and also to tell them how well you are doing. If you go to a Bristol school, use this link to find out who the Designated Teacher is in your school.

If you're not at a Bristol school, email Charlotte Moody ( to find out who the Designated Teacher is in your school.


Help!! Homework!!

If it feels like you are stuck with a piece of homework, the best person to ask is the teacher who set it for you. Your carer should also be able to point you in the direction of some help.

You could try the library or the internet.

Worried about exams?

ChildLine have produced a booklet about how to beat exam stress. It has tips on revision and looking after yourself. Take a look at the booklet.