Who will protect pupils' interests?
It is unlikely that an individual child will have much say in which school they are nominated for and it is clear that local authorities - the "corporate parent" - do not fight for the rights of looked-after children as other parents do.
We believe that there should be a statutory duty on authorities and schools to assess the educational needs of all looked-after children and ensure that they are guaranteed a place in the most supportive and appropriate school. It is also unacceptable that targets for the attainment of children in care are lower than for other children - they should be the same.
If Ms Kelly is serious about helping looked-after children she should ensure that these duties are enshrined in law in an amendment to the education Bill.
Principal policy officer
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