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Raising the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after

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We want to see all children whatever their backgrounds, being given every possible opportunity to reach their full potential.

Unfortunately, many looked after children still do not receive the levels of support they need and deserve.

To tackle this, we have published our strategy 'Raising the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales' which is aimed at driving up the educational performance of children who are looked after.

This joint strategy between the Department for Education and Public Services and the Department for Health and Social Services was subject to a full and public consultation.

In addition, the strategy has been informed by dedicated stakeholder engagement conducted by the Fostering Network and Voices From Care who reported the views on education of foster carers and children who are looked after. Research conducted by CASCADE - Cardiff University on the educational experiences of children who are looked after has also been referenced in the strategy.

It identifies the areas where action needs to be targeted to further support the educational attainment of children who are looked after, primarily of compulsory school age but also includes transition to further and higher education.

The strategy is accompanied by an action plan which sets out by theme our commitment to improve educational outcomes for children who are looked after. It contains a timeframe for specific actions to be undertaken by the Welsh Government and its key partners.

A report compiled as a result of the public consultation events held in March 2015 is available on request. Please email LACstrategy@wales.gsi.gov.uk for a copy.