Essex schools unite in effort to improve attainment of children in care
19 January 2016
Schools from across the county came together today (January 19) as Essex County Council continues to seek improvements to the attainment of children in care.
While GCSE and Sats test results in Essex are continuing to improve, children in care often do significantly less well that their peers and Essex County Council is keen to try and encourage schools to work together to tackle the issue.
About 200 different Essex schools were represented at the second Aspire to Achieve for Children in Care conference at Colchester’s Weston Homes Community Stadium.
The event was organised by the Essex Virtual School and included presentations from the Children in Care Council and guest speaker Andrew Cook, Ofsted’s regional director for the East of England.
It coincided with the launch of the Attachment Aware Schools programme in Essex, which aims to raise attainment by offering better help and support for young people with emotional and behavioural needs.
Schools also had the chance to share best practice and take part in various interactive workshops.
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “Raising attainment and accelerating progress for children in care is a key priority for the council.
“As such, I am delighted so many schools have shown a firm commitment to working together to improve the education of looked after children in Essex.
“Schools play a vital role in equipping children for future life and it is important we do everything possible to break down any barriers to achievement for all pupils.”