Education performance rising for children in care

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Children in care have made significant improvements in their exam assessments according to early provisional results.

Norfolk County Council’s Children’s Services Committee will hear an update on the educational achievements of children in care in the county, during their meeting on Tuesday next week.

Members will hear that assessment and exam results in the Early Years, Key Stage 2 and GCSE have all shown big improvements this year, with schools making good use of the additional targeted funding they receive for these pupils.

However, children in care are still not achieving as well as their peers and the county is looking to work with schools and foster carers to close the gap.

In 2015, early indications are that 21 per cent of looked after children achieved five or more GCSEs at A* to C, including English and maths – an increase of 13 percentage points from 2013.

At the same time outcomes for 11-year-olds improved in every measure. The proportion achieving at least a Level 4 in reading, writing and maths increased by 12 points from 38 per cent to 50 per cent achieving the expected standard. In reading the improvement was 11 points.

The proportion of five-year-olds achieving a good level of development also rose significantly with 28 per cent achieving the measure this year.

James Joyce, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s children’s services committee, said: “I would like to congratulate our looked after children and all those who support them on what are much improved results.”