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Education and Culture Committee launch Inquiry into the educational attainment of looked after children, 08/09/11 [S]

The Scottish Parliament Education and Culture Committee has launched an inquiry into why the educational attainment of looked after children has not improved significantly since devolution, despite the considerable volume of policy, guidance and legislation in this area. The Committee’s inquiry will also consider how this problem can be addressed.

Launching the Committee’s inquiry Stewart Maxwell MSP, Committee convener, said:

“Scottish Government statistics show that, while the level of educational attainment for looked after children has improved, it is still considerably lower than for other school pupils. This is despite successive administrations since devolution, together with local authorities and other bodies, making significant attempts to address this issue.

The Committee wants to find out why these efforts have not been more successful. More importantly, the Committee wants to identify ways in which greater progress can be made.”

Submissions to the Committee should be sent to ec.committee@scottish.parliament.uk by Friday 7 October 2011. The Committee expects to take oral evidence in November 2011 on the specific factors which have been identified as being the key barriers to improved educational attainment. It will report to Parliament in December 2011.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament website.

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Education and Culture Committee launch Inquiry into the educational attainment of looked after children
Inquiry into the educational attainment of looked after children