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Outcomes for children looked after by local authorities

The Department for Education has published a range of outcome measures at national and local authority level for children looked after continuously for at least 12 months.

In 2019, looked after children performed 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 across all subjects.

In 2019, 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 Key Stage 4 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 10.9 per cent in 2019. Looked after children are around as likely to be persistent absentees as the overall pupil population, but are much less likely than children in need.

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