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Outcomes for looked after children at 31 March 2017

Measures cover educational attainment, SEN, absence for school and exclusions

The Department for Education has published information at national and local authority level on the outcomes for children looked after continuously for at least 12 months at 31 March 2017.

The outcome measures cover:

There are two new tables this year at national level at key stage 4; both provide additional breakdowns of school type and length of most recent period of care.

The statistical release also includes experimental statistics on educational attainment (at key stage 2 and key stage 4) of previously looked after children who left care through an adoption, special guardianship order (SGO) or child arrangements order (CAO).

Looked after children perform slightly better than children in need at key stage 2. However, attainment for both looked after children and children in need is much lower than for non-looked after children.

Looked after children and children in need perform better in grammar, puctuation and spelling than in other subjects and least well in reading. This pattern is similar to non-looked after children (excluding the combined reading, writing and mathematics measure).

The average Attainment 8 score for looked after children is much less than for non-looked after children, however, the difference is reduced when the proportion of children in each cohort with a special educational need (SEN) is considered. There is a similar pattern for children in need when compared to non-looked after children.

The percentage of looked after children classified as persistent absentees has remained steady over recent years from 10.1% in 2013 to 10.0% in 2017. Looked after children are less likely to be classified as persistent absentees than all children and much less likely than children in need.

For the full statistical release, click here.