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The latest national statistics on Outcomes for Children Looked After produced by the Department for Education were released on 14th December 2011 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics AuthorityUK Statistics Authority

DfE: Outcomes for Children Looked After as at 31 March 2011

DescriptionThis is the second year that this annual Statistical Release has been published. It contains information on the outcomes for looked after children as at 31 March 2011. Outcomes reported include education, health, offending and substance misuse.

For the first time this year we shall be including information to show performance against the new Impact Indicator for attainment gaps for looked after children. This indicator includes a change to the definition previously used to monitor the attainment of looked after children and covers children who have been continuously looked after for at least 6 months - those who would be eligible for the pupil premium payment.

Also included are comparisons between the new definitions used this year and those previously used which cover children continuously looked after for 12 months.

The key points are:

  • Of the children looked after continuously for 6 months during the year ending 31 March 2011:
    • At Key Stage 1, 65 per cent achieved the expected level in reading and 71 per cent achieved the expected level in mathematics compared with 63 per cent and 68 per cent in 2010 for each subject respectively.
    • At Key Stage 2, 53 per cent achieved the expected level in English and 52 per cent achieved the expected level in mathematics compared with 51 per cent and 50 per cent in 2010 for each subject respectively.
    • At Key Stage 4, 13.2 per cent achieved the 5+ A*-C at GCSE or equivalent including English and mathematics compared with 12.0 per cent in 2010.
  • Of the children looked after continuously for 12 months at 31 March 2011:
    • 7.3 per cent of those aged between 10 and 17 years had been convicted or subject to a final warning or reprimand during the year.
    • 4.3 per cent were identified as having a substance misuse problem during the year.
    • 79.0 per cent were up to date in their immunisations.
    • 82.4 per cent had their teeth checked by a dentist within the last 12 months.
    • 70.5 per cent of children who completed National Curriculum year 11 during the 2009/10 school year were in full time education at 30 September 2010 and 17.5 per cent were unemployed.
Impact Indicators

This SFR introduces two new Impact Indicators for looked after children:
  • The Impact Indicator for Key Stage 2 is the attainment gap between looked after children and non-looked after children achieving level 2 in both English and mathematics. The attainment gap Impact Indicator is 31 percentage points, a narrowing of 2 percentage points compared with the gap in 2010.
  • The Impact Indicator for Key Stage 4 is the attainment gap between looked after children and non-looked after children achieving 'The Basics' - grade A* to C in GCSE or equivalent English and mathematics. The attainment gap Impact Indicator is 44.7 percentage points, a widening of 3.9 percentage points compared with the attainment gap in 2010.

Following the publication of the Statistical First Release in December, additional tables have been published in March 2012. Figures are presented relating to Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision and attainment, absence and exclusions. The key findings of which are published within the text. Throughout this publication comparisons have been made between looked after children and all children as well as changes over the last five years, period of 2007 to 2011.
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Reference IDSFR30/2011
Coverage Country England
Date Released14 December 2011
Main Category Health, well-being and Care
Sub CategoryCare    Click on subcategory link to see if there is later information
TypeStatistical First Release
ContactJessica Miller  jessica.miller@education.gsi.gov.uk  tel: 0114 274 2194
 Publication includes individual Local Authority informationPublication includes individual Local Authority information

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