The Education Committee has published a report which examines the educational challenges faced by children in care in England. An inquiry was held which included oral evidence sessions with professionals and care experienced young people. Findings include: 7.2% of looked after children achieved the grade 5 ‘good pass’ threshold in English and mathematics GCSEs, compared to 40.1% of non-looked after children; and children in care are less likely than their peers to attend the best schools with 76% of children in residential care attending a good or outstanding rated state-funded mainstream school compared with 84% of all children nationally. Recommendations include: sanctions for schools that refuse to admit looked after children; and extending Pupil Premium Plus past the age of 16 to ensure looked after children can receive the support they need throughout their education.
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Source: Education Committee
Date: 07 July 2022