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MP praise for looked after children’s GCSE results

Launch of Together for Looked-after Children charity at the 1885 Building, Halifax.
MP Craig Whittaker (center) with trustees (from the left) Jane Moran, Cathy Gunningham, councillor Howard Blagborough, councillor Christine Beal, Catherine Kirk, Peter Sleigh and councillor Christine Bampton-Smith

Launch of Together for Looked-after Children charity at the 1885 Building, Halifax. MP Craig Whittaker (center) with trustees (from the left) Jane Moran, Cathy Gunningham, councillor Howard Blagborough, councillor Christine Beal, Catherine Kirk, Peter Sleigh and councillor Christine Bampton-Smith

Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker has welcomed the latest GCSE results, especially the performance by looked after children.

Calderdale Council released the figures showing children who are looked after performing far better than ever before, doubling the success from last year.

Mr Whittaker, who is chairman of Calderdale charity Together for Looked after Children said: “Much of my additional work in parliament is focused on the challenges around improving outcomes for our looked after children nationally. While there is still much to be achieved, it’s fantastic that we are seeing the gap being narrowed in Calderdale between GCSE results of children who are looked after, and those of all children. It’s incredibly important to remember that even small increases in percentage results represent actual individual young people, and their potential for the future.

“The charity’s aim is to support the local authority and other statutory care providers in Calderdale in enabling the educational and vocational success of our children in care. Over the last few years, thanks to the generosity of our supporters and of the public, we have been able to fund projects which have provided added value for these children - including extra tuition to support GCSE attainment.”

A number of schools have made significant improvements on last year’s results.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, Councillor Colin Raistrick, said: “The hard work has paid off for many students across Calderdale, and some of the individual success stories are a real cause for celebration.”

l For full coverage and photos from GCSE results day, see pages 22-25

 
 
 

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