Children in Care: English and Mathematics

Education written question – answered on 12th July 2011.

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Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson Conservative, Crewe and Nantwich

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of (a) looked after children and (b) other children achieved the expected standard in English and mathematics at key stage 2 in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2010.

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Information on the percentage of looked after children who achieve the expected standard in English and mathematics in Key Stage 2 tests is available in table 2.1 of the Departments Statistical First Release, Outcomes for Children Looked After by Local Authorities in England, as at 31 March 2010. This shows the percentage of children looked after continuously for 12 months at 31 March who achieved at least level 4 in English and mathematics Key Stage 2 tests for all years since 2006. Information on years prior to 2006 is not available from this data source. The publication can be found at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000978/index.shtml

Information taken from table 2.1 is shown in table 1; this follows the current practice of comparing the academic achievement of children looked after continuously for 12 months with that of all children. Information on the Key Stage 2 performance of children not looked after can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Table 1: Performance of children who have been looked after continuously for at least 12 months (1) at Key Stage 2, includes comparisons with all children (2) . Years: 2006-10. Coverage: England
Percentage
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Children looked after          
Percentage who achieved at least Level 4 (3, 4) in the following:          
English 43 45 45 45 45
Mathematics 40 42 43 44 44
English and Mathematics 32 33 35 35 36
           
All children          
Percentage who achieved at least Level 4 (3) in the following:          
English 79 80 81 80 81
Mathematics 76 77 79 79 80
English and Mathematics 70 71 73 72 74
(1) Children looked after continuously for at least twelve months at 31 March excluding those children in respite care (2). Figures for all children taken from National Curriculum Assessments at Key Stage 2 and 3 in England, 2009/10 . (3) Expected level for age group. Figures at Key Stage 2 are based on test results. (4) Although there were 2,400 children eligible to take the Key Stage 2 tests the percentages are based on 1,800 children who attended schools that participated in the tests. Pupils in schools which did not participate in Key Stage 2 tests have been removed from the calculations. See Technical Note 9. Source: CLA-NPD matched data

Information on the Key Stage 2 attainment of children looked after continuously for 12 months for years prior to 2006 relates to children looked after continuously at 30 September each year. Because this data has been derived from a different data source and includes a different cohort of children, the percentages given in table 2 are not directly comparable with those shown in table 1 above. The earliest year for which this information is available is 2000; this is shown in the table 2 as follows:

Table 2: Eligibility and performance of looked-after children in Key Stage tasks and tests, compared with all children, school years ending 30 September 2000 and 2001. England
Number and percentage
  Looked-after children All children (1)
  Number Percentage Percentage
2000 2001 2000 2001 2000 2001
Number eligible to sit Key Stage 2 tasks and tests 2,700 2,800
             
Number who attained at least Level 4 (2 ) in the following:            
English 860 940 32.3 33.3 74 74
Mathematics 810 820 30.4 29.1 71 70
(1) Source—DFES statistical bulletin ‘National curriculum assessments of 7, 11 and 14 year olds in England—2001’. (2) Target level for age group.

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