Attainment of Looked After Children Improving07/05/19
School attainment of looked after children in Dundee has undergone a “notable improvement”, a new report reveals.
Literacy and numeracy levels achieved in the latest figures for looked after children are at the highest level for five years.
The statistics are contained in a wide-ranging review of curriculum for excellence levels and leavers’ attainment, which will be considered by the city council’s children and families service committee on Monday May 13.
Convener of the committee Councillor Stewart Hunter said: “I am pleased to see that our efforts to support and encourage looked after children are achieving results.
“I am keen that these young people, who face extremely difficult circumstances in their lives, are able to make the most of their education and obtain skills that will help them take on new opportunities when they leave school.
“There has been a lot of work focused on improving the attainment of looked after children and this approach to inclusion is really making a difference for them. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this.”
Meanwhile, the report goes into detail about how the council is working to improve general attainment across all of Dundee’s schools.
This involves creation of a single city-wide schools’ improvement plan, improvement activity with the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change.
A review group looking into diversification of the senior phase curriculum has recommended changes to what subjects are on offer. This will see more pupils participating in foundation apprenticeships and national progression awards to help raise achievement and attainment at the point of leaving school.
Councillor Hunter added: “We are determined to raise attainment in all our schools and we are now taking a creative approach to the curriculum in the senior stages of secondary.
“This means that more pupils will be able to take courses that will help them to develop skills to support them to make the most of new opportunities when they leave school.
“We cannot let up in our drive to support our young people and we want to do better than the position that this report details.
“I would like to thank everyone connected with our schools for their ongoing efforts to sustain more improvements.”