The education of children living in children’s homes

Background

This study covers:

  • the full range of school-aged children living in children’s homes, including those attending primary schools, secondary schools and further education and skills (FES) providers
  • a wide range of educational provision types, including state-funded, independent, mainstream and special education provisions
  • the period between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019

Main findings

The majority of children living in children’s homes attended educational provision that is eligible for Ofsted inspection.

Of the children who attended educational provision eligible for Ofsted inspection, more than half were in special education.

Children living in children’s homes were 20 times more likely to be in special education than all children nationally.

Children living in children’s homes were less likely to attend good or outstanding education provisions.

Nationally, for those attending state-funded educational provision, around three quarters of children living in children’s homes had an education, health and care (EHC) plan or were receiving special educational needs (SEN) support.

Children living in children’s homes were 18 times more likely to be attending a pupil referral unit (PRU) than all pupils attending state-funded provision nationally.

Children living in children’s homes were less likely to be attending good or outstanding FES providers.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-education-of-children-living-in-childrens-homes/the-education-of-children-living-in-childrens-homes

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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