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Monitoring SQA Attainment for Looked after and Vulnerable Children Written Answer, 15/12/14 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Angus MacDonald's (SNP) question asking the Scottish Government how it monitors SQA attainment levels for (a) looked-after and (b) vulnerable children.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance replied that the Qualifications in Scotland are based on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, which is administered by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

The tariff scores of looked after children are obtained by linking their data (as collected by the children and families analysis statistics team) to the overall attainment data (which is collected and published by the pupil and school statistics team in summary statistics for attainment, leaver destinations and healthy living using Scottish candidate numbers of looked after school leavers where available. This information is published annually in education outcomes for Scotland's looked after children:

These figures represent a snapshot of the attainment of this group, capturing only children looked after on a particular day, and by extension excluding those children who had left care by that date.
There is no single definition of a vulnerable child; no specific group of ‘vulnerable children’ is monitored in this way. However, the annual publication Summary statistics for attainment, leaver destinations and healthy living, contains summaries of attainment based on various demographic variables including deprivation, based on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation, which could be adapted for use as a broad proxy measure.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 15 December 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 15 December 2014