Greener Journal of Educational Research Vol. 3 (1), pp. 023-033, January 2013
Manuscript Number: 112912303
Every Child Matters: Raising the Educational Achievement of Looked After Children: Challenges and Solutions for Local Authorities in England
Ignatius Isaac Dambudzo
The Zimbabwe Open University, PO Box MP1119, Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe
Email: idambudzo @ yahoo.co.uk
Every Child Matters was an
ambitious British Government programme to promote a holistic
child development and integrated children’s services in
order to enhance their well-being, including educational
achievement. Not all looked after children (LAC) have
special education needs but they continue to underachieve
compared to their peers. The 2004 Children Act placed ‘the
duty’ of ensuring educational achievement of LAC on every
local authority and yet performance remains poor. The study
sought to investigate challenges local authorities faced in
fulfilling ‘the duty.’ Content analysis of documents from
different local authorities rated as adequate and inadequate
by OFSTED was applied to identify obstacles, good practice
and recommended action to improve.
Keywords: achievement, assessment, placement, looked after, Personal Educational Plans, every child matters
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