Improving Attainment for LAC in Secondary School

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Last Updated: 15-06-2016 11:02



Extract from ”Improving Attainment for LAC in Secondary-School” page 5


This guidance is based on the evidence obtained from visits to a small sample of 17 secondary schools. The schools were recommended by their local authorities as having very effective practice in supporting looked after young people and ensuring that they make good progress and achieve appropriate levels of attainment.

The schools exhibited a number of qualities in their work with looked after young people and nine key qualities were identified which characterise and summarise the schools’ effective practice.

Effective schools support looked after young people by:

1. Doing the things they do for all young people but more so
2. Balancing high levels of support with real challenge
3. Skilfully linking each young person to a key person they relate well to
4. Making it a priority to know the young people well and to build strong relationships 5. Developing strong partnerships with carers1, local authorities and specialist agencies 6. Making things happen and seeing things through
7. Ensuring consistency as well as discrete flexibility
8. Actively extending the horizons of each young person
9. Planning for future transitions

‘First and foremost it’s not about laptops or tutoring. It’s about that daily contact and intensive support from dedicated adults in the school’. (Headteacher)