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Back to school: how can we make the experience better for children in care?

Mannay, Dawn ORCID: 2018. Back to school: how can we make the experience better for children in care? The Conversation

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It’s a time of new uniforms, pencil cases and chatter in corridors – children and young people are going back to school for another year. While some will be excited at the new lessons or reuniting with friends, others will be dreading a far less positive and rewarding experience. There are pervasive gaps in attainment at all levels of education between young people in care and those not in care, and young people in care often leave school with less qualifications. National attainment data shows that 23% of young people who have experienced care in Wales alone obtain five GCSEs (grade A–C), compared to 60% of the total student population. Educational disadvantage continues into higher education too, with lower rates of university access and completion. It has been reported that only 2% of young people who have been in care enter higher education – compared to about 50% of the general population in Wales. This impacts on their engagement with the labour market later in life too.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
L Education > L Education (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: care; children; looked after; education; school; young people; inequalities
Publisher: The Conversation UK
Funders: Welsh Government
Date of Acceptance: 31 August 2018
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 07:17

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