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Improvement in GCSE results for children in care, 10/05/17 [W]

The most recent figures show that 23% looked after children have achieved the equivalent of five good grade GCSEs in English or Welsh and in maths in 2016, a 17% rise from 2015.

The figures come from a report on the progress of the Welsh Government’s plan to improve ambitions and educational attainment of children in care. The number of pupils achieving A*- C results in English or first language Welsh and maths increased as above between 2016 and 2015, but also doubled from 2011.  The report said that the gap with teenagers as a whole was still unacceptable. The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams, pledged further support for children in care noting that “Looked after children must have the same opportunities as their peers.”

Children in Wales welcomed the progress made and the further commitment to closing the gap, with Sean O’Neill, Policy Director saying “There appears to be good progress being made in increasing the attainment level of looked after children in Wales, with today’s figures undoubtedly very welcome.  We look forward to further progress being made and that all barriers are lifted to ensure that all children reach their full potential”.

For more information see the Welsh Government website and to read the report in its entirety, please see here.