Merton tops National league table

Looked After children in Merton get better GCSE results (grade A-C) than any of their counterparts nationally.

A Department for Education and Skills (DfES) league table published yesterday, http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/VOL/v000580/index.shtml shows children in care in Merton are four times more likely to attain five or more GCSE’s passes at grades A to C.

Compared to the national average of just 9.4 per, 35 per cent of Merton’s looked after children achieve grades A-C.

In fact only two other Local Authorities have more than one in five of their children making such grades, with Dorset on 27 per cent and Westminster on 21 per cent.

The excellent performance, which has shown year on year improvement over the past five years, is the result of a range of initiatives Merton put into place to raise the academic successes of its Looked After children.

These include:

· A dedicated team called ‘Chances’ who oversee education of children in public care
· ‘Flying Tutors’ who provide one to one private tuition on a subject a child requests
· A Corporate Parents committee made up of Members who monitor all academic activity
· Joined up planning between Education and Social Services to ensure children are taught as close to home as possible
· A commitment to keep ‘our’ children in the best school locally rather than an available school.

Councillor Andy Coles, Cabinet Member for Children and Families and Councillor David Chung, Cabinet Member for Schools were delighted with the achievements:

‘We are very proud of the GCSE achievements of our children looked after by the local authority. It is our responsibility as corporate parents to ensure they achieve the best they can and it is very pleasing that our children are producing the best results nationally. We are delighted at the impact of the range of initiatives to help our ‘looked after’ children which are paying dividends. We would like to thank the pupils, their parents, carers, social worker and teachers for helping us to achieve this brilliant outcome.’

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The table can be found on the DfES website under Table 4 in the Excel spreadsheet for local authorities.

http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/VOL/v000580/index.shtml

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Matt Rickard
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London Borough of Merton
0208 545 3483