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Promoting the achievement of looked after children and young people in Barnet

Bettencourt, M; Carroll, C; Wall, K; Munroe, J; Walsh-Saunders, K; Rothwell, S; (2019) Promoting the achievement of looked after children and young people in Barnet. (Promoting the Achievement of Looked After Children (PALAC) ). UCL Institute of Education: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

children and young people in care in England. The number of looked after children has continued to increase steadily over the last eight years. Sixty per cent of these children are in care because of abuse or neglect and three-quarters are placed in foster care arrangements. Children and young people who are in or have experienced care remain one of the lowest performing groups in terms of educational outcomes. The average Attainment 8 score for children in care was 18.8 compared to 44.4 for non-looked after children and 19 for children in need. In 2018, the percentage of children in care achieving a pass in English and Mathematics (grade 4 or above at GCSE) remained similar to 2017 at 17.5%. Care leavers can experience poorer employment and health outcomes after leaving school compared to their peers. They are over-represented amongst the offender population and those who experience homelessness. However, research is emerging to show that children and young people in care can have very positive experiences of school if they are supported effectively to reach their potential academically and socially. The purpose of this report is to share practice in Barnet schools that is contributing to improved outcomes and school experiences for children and young people in care. In 2017, Barnet Virtual School (VS) collaborated with UCL Centre for Inclusive Education to deliver the Promoting the Achievement of Looked After Children (PALAC) programme with eight schools. This report presents an account of the programme, including the activities undertaken by the participants and the outcomes of the programme to date for pupils in care and staff in the participating schools.

Type: Report
Title: Promoting the achievement of looked after children and young people in Barnet
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/departments-and-centres/...
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10095751
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