David Anderson

Looked after children – why it's time to boost their attainment

With so few children in care going on to university, David Anderson is calling for an upheaval in the approach taken towards their educational success

Looked after children

As a child, I spent six years in care. I left school at 15, became homeless and spent time in prison before returning to education in my early twenties. I went on to gain a master’s degree.

Stories like mine are not ones you’ll hear often. In fact, care-experienced children born in the 1970s – as I was – are more likely to have experienced homelessness, prison, mental health issues, and alcohol and drug problems than to have gained a university qualification. The statistics are staggering, but true: less than 1 per cent of people who had gone through the care system up to the 1990s went on ...

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