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Government publishes experimental statistics on educational outcomes for looked after children in England

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The DfE has published statistics on outcomes for children previously looked after by local authorities over a 12 month continuous period as of 31 March 2018.

The data was first published in 2015, and since then the statistics have been designated as ‘experimental statistics’ due to issues associated with low coverage which may lead to possible biases in the data.

The statistics are dependent on self-declaration by parents or carers and it is estimated that 69% of parents or carers self-declare.

The overall findings however were consistent with patterns seen in previous years. Some of the notable key findings include:

  • overall, children who left care through an adoption, special guardianship order or child arrangements order were more likely to achieve the expected standard across all subjects than looked after children at Key Stage 2;
  • children that have left care due to an adoption, special guardianship order (SGO) or child arrangement order (CAO) progress less well than looked after children at the end of Key Stage 2;
  • children who left care through an adoption, SGO or CAO achieve better than looked after children at KS4 across all key measures;
  • pupils who were adopted were more likely to perform better across all key stage 4 attainment measures than other previously looked after children;
  • children that have left care due to an adoption, SGO or CAO had made more progress by the end of KS4 than looked after children; and
  • differences in attainment at both KS2 and KS4 are less marked when factoring in SEN.

The statistics can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/outcomes-for-children-looked-after-by-las-31-march-2018