The Department for Education published education outcomes for looked after children who had been in care for 1 year or more on 31 March 2013 on 11 December 2013.
The Department for Education published national education outcomes for looked after children who had been in care for 1 year or more on 31 March 2013 on 11 December 2013.
The main national headlines are:
Poorer outcomes but improving over time
Looked after children have poorer educational outcomes than non-looked after children. A high proportion (67.8 per cent) have special educational needs and their emotional and behavioural health is often a cause for concern. However, despite poor outcomes, there have been improvements for nearly all of the measures in this statistical release.
GCSE results are improving for looked after children
The percentage of looked after children achieving 5 or more A*-C GCSEs or equivalent including English and maths has increased from 11.0 per cent in 2009 to 15.3 percent in 2013.
The attainment gap between looked after children and others has generally reduced
The attainment gaps between looked after and non- looked after children for the main key stage 1, 2 and 4 measures have decreased or remained the same from 2012 to 2013. However the gaps are still large, especially for key stage 4. where 15.3 per cent of looked after children achieved 5 or more A*-C GCSEs or equivalent including English and maths compared with 58.0 per cent of non-looked after children.
Looked after children still face significant challenges
Although this gap has narrowed in recent years to 42.7 percentage points, it is still higher than it was in 2009. During the year ending 31 March 2013, 6.2 per cent of looked after children aged 10-17 had been convicted or subject to a final warning or reprimand and 3.5 per cent of all looked after children had a substance misuse problem. Looked after children are twice as likely to be permanently excluded from school and nearly three times more likely to have a fixed term exclusion than all children. Around half of all looked after children aged 5-16 were considered to be borderline’ or cause for concern’ in relation to their emotional and behavioural health.
Link to DfE the Outcomes for children looked after by LAs in England