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GCSE success for children in care
For the first time, GCSE results for children in care in Bristol have risen above the national average for A* to C, including English and maths.
The result for Bristol is 17%, compared to the national average of 14.6%.
This year’s results included 45 children in care in schools in Bristol and outside the city and included 23 children with statements of special educational need and eight in special schools.
There have also been improvements for children in care at primary school. Results for Bristol children in care at Key Stage 2 are well above national averages – for example at English 79% achieved at least Level 4, compared to the national average of 60%.
Children in care are now getting extra support with their GCSEs to boost achievement through the council’s ‘Rising Stars’ programme. This involves 27 young people taking GCSEs this school year who are capable of achieving top results. This will be an ongoing project with more pupils being offered support as they approach their GCSEs.
Bristol City Council currently has 13 care leavers in higher education.
Shauna Stewart came into foster care when she was aged 15 and has just graduated from the University of the West of England with a PGCE in secondary education.
Shauna said: “Having the extra bit of support to get me through my GCSEs, ‘A’ Levels and now a degree has made all the difference to keep me focused on my studies. Social workers sorted out travel arrangements so that I didn’t need to move schools when I was in foster care and I’ve had extra help with accommodation, equipment and filling out application forms.
“This has now all paid off as I’m about to start my first job as a secondary school teacher in London.”
Published on: Thu, 13/12/2012