Looked after children have been given the highest priority within school admission arrangements. The admission requirements for looked after children are set out in the School Admissions Code which applies to maintained schools and academies, including free schools.
The majority of looked after children enter care through no fault of their own. They are likely to have experienced some form of abuse, neglect or trauma prior to entering care.
Most looked after children live in foster care provided by the local authority, but increasingly this is with a member of their extended family under a legal order. A smaller proportion live in children’s homes or attend residential schools due to their complex needs.
Looked after children tend to have higher levels of Special Educational Needs but often this is due to their Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs and not necessarily due to their cognitive abilities.