Liverpool's approaches to tackling the educational attainment gap between mainstream pupils and looked after children (LAC)
AuthorsMaher, Michael J.
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AbstractIn October 2006 the Government Green Paper; 'Care Matters: Transforming the lives of Children and Young People in Care', outlined its proposals for the creation of Virtual Schools for Looked after Children (LAC) by setting out a radical package of proposals for transforming the lives of Children in Care (CiC). They noted the educational attainment gap between CiC and the wider school population was widening, leading to poorer life chances and much bleaker futures for children that had been looked after. The concept of the Virtual School (VS) has provoked much interest in England and Europe. The initial successes of the pilot LA(s) has meant that the programme is to be rolled out nationwide, albeit to claims that the Government's efforts are once again directed at symptoms rather than causes. However one thing is evident, and that is the political will to do the right thing. This dissertation examines the approaches to tackling the educational attainment gap between LAC and their mainstream peers. It investigates the deeper theoretical relationships required to tackle a holistic approach in developing a clearer strategy to assist the main driver as a concept of the VS. Liverpool's performance will be measured against its closest geographical, demographic and statistical neighbours. In conclusion recommendations will be offered to enhance the life chances for the future LAC of Liverpool.
PublisherUniversity of Chester
TypeThesis or dissertation
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