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Outcomes for children looked after by LAs: 31 March 2011
Outcome measures at national and local authority (LA) level in England for children continuously looked after for at least 12 months.
Reference Id: SFR30/2011
Publication Type: Statistical First Release
Publication data: Local Authority data
Local Authority data: LA data
Release Date: 14 December 2011
Coverage status: Final
Publication Status: Recently updated
This is the second year that this annual statistical release has been published. It contains information on the outcomes for looked-after children on 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.
- Of the children looked after continuously for 6 months during the year ending 31 March 2011:
- At key stage 1, 65% achieved the expected level in reading and 71% achieved the expected level in mathematics compared with 63% and 68% in 2010 for each subject respectively.
- At key stage 2, 53% achieved the expected level in English and 52% achieved the expected level in mathematics compared with 51% and 50% in 2010 for each subject respectively.
- At key stage 4, 13.2% achieved the 5+ A* to C at GCSE or equivalent including English and mathematics compared with 12.0% in 2010.
- Of the children looked after continuously for 12 months at 31 March 2011:
- 7.3% of those aged between 10 and 17 years had been convicted or subject to a final warning or reprimand during the year.
- 4.3% were identified as having a substance misuse problem during the year.
- 79.0% were up to date in their immunisations.
- 82.4% had their teeth checked by a dentist within the last 12 months.
- 70.5% of children who completed national curriculum year 11 during the 2009 to 2010 academic year were in full-time education at 30 September 2010 and 17.5% were unemployed.
This SFR introduces 2 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 4 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’, ie 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 5 years, the period between 2007 to 2011.
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