Children in care in Norfolk achieve significant improvements across education

12 January 2018

Early indications suggest that children in care in Norfolk have posted significant improvements in all exam and assessment results this year.

A report to members of Norfolk County Council’s Children’s Services, highlights improvements for both primary and secondary aged children and young people.

Although national data is not published March, the council has assessed the performance of all children in its care.

The provisional data suggests:

  • The proportion achieving the expected level in English and maths GCSE has increased from 15% to 26% - up 11 percentage points
  • The proportion reaching the expected level at Key Stage 2 has increased from 19% to 30% – up 11 percentage points
  • The proportion achieving a good level of development at the age of five has increased by eight percentage points – from 23% to 31%
  • No looked after children were permanently excluded from school last year, compared with six the previous year

Stuart Dark, Acting Chairman of the Children’s Services Committee at Norfolk County Council, said:  “As corporate parents to children in our care, we are committed to supporting their education and ensuring they get the right support to thrive at school.

“We are really proud of all of their achievements, both personal and academic and it is fantastic that our data suggests such significant improvements in educational outcomes this year.

“I’d like to congratulate all of these young people for overcoming considerable challenges to achieve their very best at school.”

Norfolk County Council has a Virtual School which closely tracks and reviews the educational achievements of all of its looked after children.

In the last year, the council has been tracking pupils’ achievements termly through personal education plans, challenging schools where expectations are not high enough, or children are not making good enough progress.

There has also been programmes aimed at GCSE students, building on best practice nationally and support for children in care has also been a key focus of the council’s discussions with schools and academies.

Cllr Dark added: “We have a team around all of the children in our care, including social workers, foster carers, teachers and schools leaders.  By working together we can emphasise the importance of a good education and help give children in our care real hope for the future.

“We want our children to be achieving in line with their peers who haven’t been in our care, so this will remain a relentless focus for the council.”

The Children's Services Committee meets on Tuesday, 16 January at 10am. 

For political comment

Cllr Stuart Dark (Conservative) Acting Chairman of the Children’s Services Committee, on 07450 679355
Cllr Emma Corlett (Labour), on 07557 634891
Cllr Dr Edward Maxfield (Liberal Democrat), on 07449 706 215
Cllr Sandra Squire (Independent), on 01945 773283

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