Education of children in care

Looked after children have the same right to expect the outcomes wanted for every child in that they should be healthy, remain safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution to society and achieve economic well-being. Local authorities have a commitment to aiding every child within their care to achieve the highest educational standards he or she possibly can. As corporate parents, this includes supporting their aspirations to achieve in further and higher education.

The educational achievement of looked after children remains lower than their peers and as a result of the Children Act, 1989 (as amended by the Children Act 2004) places a duty on local authorities to promote the educational requirements of looked after children. Discharging the duty on a day-to-day basis means that the local authority should do at least what any good parent would do to promote their child’s educational aspirations and support their achievements.

Our qualified team of advisors can support you with all education issues – and they’re only a phone call or email away. From advice on school admissions, exclusions and appeals to guidance on uniforms and homework, we’re here to help.

We’ll also help you access additional support and information on special needs, further education, and moving or changing schools.

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In addition, we also have tips to help with revision, exams, and results. To access please click here.

If you are struggling to understand the GCSE grading system, our education advisor explains it here.

Is your young person thinking of going to university? Read the advice from our education advisor here.