Scottish Government statistics show that, in addition to fewer qualifications, looked after children tend to have poorer school attendance records, higher rates of school exclusion and are less likely to go onto employment, further or higher education, training or voluntary work after leaving school.
At its meeting on 6 September 2011, the Education and Culture Committee agreed to hold an inquiry into the educational attainment of looked after children, with the following remit—
to examine the reasons why more significant progress has not been made since devolution in improving the educational attainment of looked after children and what can be done to address this.
All written evidence is available via the annexes to the report.
The Committee held a Chamber debate on 11 January 2012 on the evidence it has taken to date, to help inform the Committee's final report to the Parliament. In advance of the debate the Committee prepared a short summary of the key themes to have emerged from the inquiry.
The Committee published its report on the inquiry on 31 May 2012.
The Committee received a response to the report from Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People, on 23 July 2012.
The Committee wrote to the Minister to request further information on 10 September 2012.
The Committee received a response from the Minister on 8 October 2012.