Evidence shows that, nationally, children in care don't achieve as highly as their peers.
Gaps in learning, early traumatic events, and disruptions in education due to school moves, can all impact negatively on a child’s progress. Thankfully, there are many things a school can do to improve outcomes for children in care.
Research by Ofsted and other organisations, over the last few years, has resulted in many changes to provision for children in care, including the introduction of the looked after children(LAC) pupil premium and the development of the designated teacher role.
Improving outcomes for children in care
Schools that are improving outcomes for children in care have the following in common:
- high expectations of what children in care can achieve, linked to excellent whole school approaches to teaching and learning.
- rigorous target setting and monitoring protocols that focus on academic progress, behaviour for learning, and attendance.
- strong information gathering procedures that provide a comprehensive picture of the child’s needs, including identification of prior learning from previous settings.
- effective timely assessment systems that identify gaps in learning and support personalised planning.
- evidence of pupil voice throughout the education planning cycle, with the child having a strong say in the decision making process.
- strong emphasis on supporting the personal development and wellbeing of children in care within a comprehensive universal pastoral system.
- effective multi-agency working, with clearly established communication systems.
- minimal use of exclusion, through effective use of early intervention and behaviour support programmes.
- strong leadership from the designated teacher and governor.
- positive engagement with parents and carers.
- wider opportunities for children in care outside the school day.
Find out how we work alongside lots of different organisations to make sure children and young people, and adults with care and support needs in Barnsley, are protected from harm or neglect.