The Educational Achievement of Children in Care

The Educational Achievement of Children in Care

ADCS, Virtual School Heads Network and National Consortium for Exam Results Joint Policy Paper

Improving the educational outcomes for children in care is a priority for national and local government. The evidence is clear – whatever else goes wrong in children’s lives, their life chances are significantly improved when they achieve decent educational outcomes. Local authorities and their directors of children’s services are the corporate parents for children in care, with moral and professional responsibilities to maximise their educational outcomes.

Building on evidence from recent research carried out by the Rees Centre at the University of Oxford and the University of Bristol, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS), working with the Virtual School Heads Network and the National Consortium for Examination Results, wants to stimulate a national debate about improving support and ambition for children in care, and, through that, to improve educational outcomes and life chances for all children in care.

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