The Educational Progress of Looked After Children in England

Being in care ‘benefits young people’s education’ A new research study launched yesterday identifies the key factors that influence how well children in care do in schools in England. The fact that most children in care lag behind their peers in their educational achievement has long been a concern. However, this latest research finds that children who are fostered make better educational progress than children in need (children living with their families while receiving social work support). Also, in general, the longer they are in care the better they do. After controlling for other factors, researchers estimate that by the age of 16, children in foster care or kinship care achieved GCSEs at least six grades higher, on average, than […]