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Children in Care

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of 7-year olds in care achieved level two in literacy and numeracy at key stage 1 in each year since 1997; (241729)

(2) how many and what proportion of children in care achieved the national standard in each Key Stage 1 examination in each year since 1997.

The OC2 data collection collects information on a range of outcomes for looked after children from local authorities. This information has been published in the Statistical First Release “Outcome Indicators for Children Looked After, 12 months to 30 September 2007—England” (SFR 08/2008), which is available on the Department’s website via the following link:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000785/index.shtml

This publication contains figures for the period 2005-07.

Information on attainment in schools can be found in table B which shows the number eligible to sit KS1 tests and the number and percentage who have achieved at least level 2 in reading, writing and mathematics.

Information on the attainment of looked after children was first collected in 2000, figures for earlier years are also published on the Department’s website and can be found via the following links:

Figures for 2002-04 are available in volume reference (03/2005) here:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/VOL/v000580/index.shtml

Figures for 2000-01 are available in volume reference (DH/VOL(OUT)01) here:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/VOL/v000523/index.shtml