Government urged to improve attainment of children in care

    The government should completely close the gap in achievement
    between children in care and other children by 2020, NCH urged
    today, writes Clare Jerrom.

    The children’s charity has called on the government to
    make the pledge after highlighting that in 2004, just six per cent
    of children in care gained five or more GCSE’s compared with
    over half of all pupils.

    “Children in care are children of the state, and how well
    we serve them is a measure of how our society treats children more
    generally,” said Clare Tickell, NCH’s chief
    executive.

    “At present we are letting them down very badly and
    consigning many to social exclusion when they grow up. We
    won’t end child poverty unless we tackle this problem once
    and for all,” she added.

    The charity has launched a new paper stressing that children in
    care are prevented from achieving more as a result of a
    wide-ranging systems failure including unstable placements and
    insufficient training for teachers and carers.

    NCH calls for the government to integrate and improve the ways
    social care and education professionals work together to support
    the learning of children in care, under The Children Act.

    Closing the Gap from http://www.nch.org.uk/

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