Martine Coles presented her report on the attainment of looked after children.
The key findings of the report were highlighted below;
Looked After Children were a highly mobile population and their educational attainment needed to be carefully tracked. There was a need for records to be kept up to date. Where there was underachievement for LAC this needed to be identified and then challenged.
The report outlined that the All Wales (2012) LAC figures included children who had been in care for more than three months. Previous Vale LAC data included children who had been in care for more than a year. The Vale of Glamorgan LAC data was from 2013 and included all children who were looked after. Comparisons could not be statistically valid because of the small numbers and the data is not like for like.
In Key Stage 3, LAC out performed their All Wales counterparts in achieving their CSI. At the end of the Key Stage 2, LAC underperformed in comparison to the Vale and the All Wales data.
In Key Stage 4, the LAC who sat GCSEs performed well. 19 out of 36 LAC sat GCSEs at the end of Key Stage 4. Some LAC performed well and achieved outstanding GCSE results.
Currently 6 LAC are attending university at present.
The overall performance compared to all Wales LAC data was good but it was important to use the Vale and the all Wales data to raise the expectation of looked after children.
The report suggested that a way forward was to systematically track the attainment and achievement of Looked After Children. There would be an amended Personal Education Plan (PEP) to support the child to reach their full potential. From January 2014, all Vale LAC attending schools within the Local Authority, in Key Stage 2 and 3 would undergo a reading test each term to monitor the attainment and direct additional support when it was required.