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Study into how the education system can improve the attendance of Looked After Children at post-primary school

Department of Education (DENI) (Northern Ireland)
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, corp creators. (2011) Study into how the education system can improve the attendance of Looked After Children at post-primary school. [ Research report ]

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Abstract

"In January 2011, the Department of Education (DE) commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers (LLP) PwC to undertake a research project to understand how the education system can improve the attendance at postprimary school of Looked After Children. The findings from this study will be used by DE to understand if, and how, they might further support post-primary schools to improve the attendance of Looked After Children. Looked After Children are defined by The Children (NI) Order 1995 as children ‘who are in the care of a Trust or who are provided with accommodation by a Trust’. Such children may be the subject of a legal order (whereby parental responsibility is shared between birth parents and Trusts), their names may be on Trust Child Protection Registers and they can live in a residential home, foster care or may be placed with a member of their family. Looked After Children are some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in society. They are at greater risk of becoming socially excluded than children from other backgrounds, have a statement of Special Educational Needs and to have experienced periods of suspension or exclusion from school. The objectives of the research are as follows: • Establish the underlying causes of and influences on non-attendance by Looked After Children at postprimary level. • Identify and review research into any association between non-attendance at school and underachievement. Comparison should be made between the make-up of the Looked After Children group as ascribed by age, gender, religion or disability and the make-up of the general school population. • Collate and disseminate information on effective approaches and actions to improve attendance among this group, to include the review of good practice in north of Ireland, as well as in other areas including the south of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. The methodology included a review of c. 60 relevant documents covering Looked After Children policy, research and good practice from Northern Ireland and elsewhere and stakeholder consultations which included a total of 25 interviews with schools, EOTAS (Education Other Than At School) providers, voluntary organisations and Education and Library Boards (ELBs). A workshop was held with a number of stakeholders in early March to test the emerging findings and provide an opportunity to feedback on emerging conclusions and implications from this study. This is the final report and it contains all of the findings from the research." - page i.

Item Type: Document from Web
Variant Title: Research study into how the education system can improve the attendance of Looked After Children at post-primary school
Publisher: Department of Education (DENI) (Northern Ireland)
Series Name: Research report
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Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2011 10:35
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2014 14:36
URI: http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/4251
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