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How schools can do more to help looked-after children

Behaviour policies need to account for pupils’ situations, says children’s commissioner

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Moving school can be a daunting experience for any child. But for children in local authority care – already suffering instability in their home lives – school moves are not only potentially damaging, but also frequent.

A new report commissioned by Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, shows that one in 10 children in care move school in the middle of the academic year – three times the national rate.

This can sever vulnerable pupils’ ties with school friends, hamper their academic progress and, Longfield warns, leave them “anxious and depressed” (see box, below).

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