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Exam results for Norfolk’s children in care improve

PUBLISHED: 15:51 11 December 2015 | UPDATED: 15:51 11 December 2015

James Joyce, chairman of the Children's Services Committee, welcomed the improvements.

James Joyce, chairman of the Children's Services Committee, welcomed the improvements.

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More children in care have performed well in their GCSEs and primary school tests, according to new data released by Norfolk County Council.

The school inspectorate Ofsted has put an increasing emphasis on how well children from disadvantaged background do at school, with looked after children under particular scrutiny.

Last year, only 8pc of children in care in Norfolk gained at least five GCSEs at A*-C, including English and maths. The figures for 2015 show this has risen to 26pc - 10 percentage points above the national average.

The overall figure for all Norfolk pupils was 54pc this year.

There was also a significant increase in the proportion of children in care making the expected progress in English and maths, with both figures above the national average.

James Joyce, chairman of the Children’s Services Committee at Norfolk County Council, said: “The improvements recorded by Norfolk’s looked after children this year are staggering and I would like to congratulate them, their schools and foster carers on their hard work.

“These children have had a difficult start in life and we must not let that impact on their future success.”

There were similar improvements for 11-year-olds who are in care.

The proportion achieving the expected Level 4 or better in reading, writing and maths in their end-of-primary-school tests and assessments rose from 38pc to 50pc.

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