Increase of young people in care in Nottinghamshire going on to further education and employment

There has been an increase in the number of looked after young people leaving statutory education, going on to education, employment, or training in Nottinghamshire.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 1:44 pm

The figures for the academic year 2019-20, saw that number reach 70 per cent for the first time, with the majority of those attending further education colleges or school sixth forms.

Nottinghamshire’s looked after children are supported throughout their schooling at every stage of their education to monitor their progress and identify areas where additional support may be available to help them to reach their full potential.

Pupils leaving statutory schooling at 16 are required to stay in education, employment, or training until they are 18-years-old.

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Coun Philip Owen, chair of the Children and Young People’s committee
Coun Philip Owen, chair of the Children and Young People’s committee

Coun Philip Owen, chair of the Children and Young People’s committee, said: “I am proud of our young people and the front line teams who work so hard to support them and provide a wealth of opportunities for their future following a difficult start in life.

“I am delighted with this progress which demonstrates that being a child who is looked after should be no barrier to what they can achieve if they have the right support and determination.

“Our teams are committed to ensuring that opportunities are available and accessible to everyone leaving care in Nottinghamshire. We want the young people in our care to achieve the best they can by supporting themto aspire and achieve in their lives.

“Seeing such a positive outcomes for our young people leaving care is encouraging and we continue to provide a range of support for those care leavers who are not yet in post-16 education, employment and training.”