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Attainment gap between looked after and non-looked after children narrows slightly

Attainment gap widens significantly as children grow older

For the third year an annual statistical release has been published showing reported outcomes for looked after children with comparative figures for non-looked after children. The figures include educational attainment, special educational needs (SEN), exclusions from school, health, development of children aged under 5, education and employment after year 11, offending and substance misuse.

This SFR also includes information on the two impact indicators for looked after children:

The main change from last year's release concerns the definition of looked after children used for the national attainment measures. Last year, the pupil premium cohort (children looked after continuously for six months) was used. This year, only children looked after continuously for at least 12 months at 31 March have been included. The definition of 12 months has been used so the support that a looked after child has received from a local authority has had time to have an impact on educational results.

The calculation of the percentage of children achieving a particular Key Stage has also changed to take into account only those for whom matched national pupil database (NPD) data is available, rather than all those looked after children in the relevant age group.

Of the children looked after continuously for 12 months during the year ending 31 March 2012:

The release can be read here.