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Analysis of Responses to the Social Exclusion Unit's Consultation Exercise on Raising the Educational Attainment of Children in Care

Background

Raising the educational attainment of children in public care is a key priority for the present government. Currently, children in care have much poorer educational outcomes than other young people, for example research has shown that seventy per cent of those leaving care at 16+ have no qualifications. This study for the Social Exclusion Unit (SEU) of the Cabinet Office involved analysis of over 200 responses to a public consultation exercise on what could be done to improve the educational outcomes for these children. The findings will be used to inform the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review at the end of 2002.

What did the research involve?

Responses to the consultation came from a variety of groups, organisations and individuals concerned with the education of children in the care system. Responses varied considerably in length and scope and reflected a number of wide-ranging concerns, including:

  • the factors influencing the educational attainment of children in care
  • the effectiveness of the Department of Health's Quality Protects and the Department of Education and Skill's Joint Guidance framework
  • the approaches that work best in raising the educational attainment of children in care

Timescale and final product of the research

Using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative methods, the Policy Research Bureau team analysed the key findings, and produced a report to the Social Exclusion Unit on the key issues and themes at the end of February 2002:

Bhabra S, Ghate D, and Brazier, L (2002) Raising the educational attainment of children in care. Consultation Analysis for the Social Exclusion Unit. London: SEU, Cabinet Office.

Bhabra S, Ghate D, and Brazier, L (2002) Raising the educational attainment of children in care. Consultation Analysis for the Social Exclusion Unit. London: SEU, Cabinet Office.

The report is available on the web here


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Last updated July 2004