Education gap for children in need: Calls for Pupil Premium Plus to expand

Researchers have laid bare the educational gaps facing children in need and are calling for the Pupil Premium Plus to be expanded to cover this cohort.

Children in need are those who need a social worker but who generally live at home with their family. There are around 400,000 such children in England.

New analysis by researchers at the University of Bristol and the University of Oxford (Berridge et al, 2020) has found that children in need face an educational gap of between 34 and 46 per cent in their GCSEs.

It also found that children who have been in care – who tend to live away from family with foster carers or in residential homes – attained 53 per cent lower than their peers at GCSE. There are some 78,000 children in care.

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