FosterCare UK Updates

Foster carers come from all backgrounds too

Sons and Daughters is a campaign running throughout October in celebration of the phenomenal contribution that the children of foster carers make.

Outcomes for Children Looked After by Local Authorities in England

Since the introduction of the Children Act 2004 there has been a particular duty on local authorities to promote the educational achievement of looked after children, but the latest figures show a growing discrepancy between the qualifications they leave school with, compared with all children.

The percentage of looked after children achieving 5 or more A* to C GCSE’s or equivalent including English and mathematics has increased from 11% in 2009 to 15.3% in 2013.

The attainment gaps between looked-after and non-looked-after children for the main key stage 1, 2 and 4 measures have decreased or remained the same from 2012 to 2013. However the gaps are still large, especially for key stage 4, where 15.3% of looked after children achieved 5 or more A* to C GCSEs or equivalent including English and mathematics compared with 58.0% of non-looked-after children. Although this gap has narrowed in recent years to 42.7 percentage points, it is still higher than it was in 2009.

Achievement’s of young people placed within FosterCare UK

At FosterCare UK we believe that by working closely alongside Local Authority teams we can strive to achieve positive outcomes for the young people in our care, so it was extremely pleasing to receive the news that two of our young people excelled in their GCSE and A Levels results this year.

The hard work and effort paid off with one young person receiving A’s and B’s in her A levels, which means she now has a place at her chosen university to study Sociology.

he other young person received 5 B’s and a C in her GCSE’s including English & mathematics, which means she can now go onto further her studies at her chosen 6th¬†form .

We wish them both good luck, and hope that their educational success continues on into their future.

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