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Outcomes for children looked after by local authorities: 31 March 2018

The Department for Education has published data on the outcomes for children who have been looked after continuously for at least twelve months at 31 March 2018, by local authorities in England.

In 2018, looked after children performed slightly better than children in need1 at Key Stage 2. However, attainment for both looked after children and children in need is much lower than for non-looked after children.

In that period, the average Attainment 8 scores for looked after children and children in need were much less than for non-looked after children. Looked after children and children in need reaching the end of KS4 are three to four times more likely to have a special educational need than all children. This accounts for part of the difference.

The percentage of looked after children classified as persistent absentees has increased over recent years from 8.9 per cent in 2014 to 10.6 per cent in 2018. 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 statistical release, click here. The statistical release relating to characteristics of children in need 2017 to 2018, originally published in October 2018, has been updated to take account of outcomes. For the updated document, click here.