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Exam results for Norfolk’s children in care improve

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.

4 comments

  • Great news Norfolk..........coupled with the hugely improved early years scores this is a great achievement. Shame that those who can't wait to attack when the news is bad haven't the decency to praise these achievements!

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    Sportswagon

    Saturday, December 12, 2015

  • Great news Norfolk..........coupled with the hugely improved early years scores this is a great achievement. Shame that those who can't wait to attack when the news is bad haven't the decency to praise these achievements!

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    Sportswagon

    Saturday, December 12, 2015

  • Would Mr Joyce care to inform how the "conversation" is coming along with Ofsted? According to a number of inside sources, all children's services woes lie at the door of Ofsted "unfair" inspection scheme. Whereas children's services are no quiet the "basket case" they were following the 2013 inspection, they still some way from meeting the entry standard of a competent authority. Food for though Mr Joyce.

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    Little fish

    Saturday, December 12, 2015

  • NCC have according to there own management over 350 children in care who should have remained with their families. This tragedy can not be glossed over by a few more looked after children getting GCSE's in Maths and English. In any event, statistics show that the tragedy for these children being "cared for' by the council is that many will become dysfunctional adults with drug, alcohol and other problems. A high percentage end up in prison. Well done councillor Joyce, your inadequate department is continuing to fail children in a Norfolk.

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    Little fish

    Friday, December 11, 2015

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