6 Ways To Successfully Measure Looked After Children’s Progress

Looked After Children

One of the questions we are often asked by providers is, how can we measure progress in a way that satisfies Ofsted at Inspection? What follows is 6 things to consider when measuring progress.

  1. Looked After Children’s Progress in education can be measured and evidenced in various ways, including but not limited to: success in academic, vocational and other awards and qualifications; other formal attainment tests that are part of national assessment arrangements; and teachers’ ongoing assessments.
  2. Measurements of progress should include qualitative information such as how well the child is being prepared for their next stage of education, training or employment, and quantitative data where available. Other metrics can also be taken into account such as rewards and recognition of achievements, improvements in attendance and, where appropriate, reduction in behaviour incidents including exclusion.
  3. The child’s personal circumstances, individual needs and educational history are relevant in considering what might constitute looked after children’s progress; but should not limit aspirations for them.
  4. Staff should understand the impact that the quality of care provided in the home is having on the progress and experiences of each child and use this understanding to inform the development of the quality of care provided in the home.
  5. The registered person should ensure that, in line with their individual health plans and the ethos of the home, children are offered advice, support and guidance on health and well-being to enhance, and supplement that provided by their school through Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). Staff should have the relevant skills and knowledge to be able to help children understand, and where necessary work to change negative behaviours in key areas of health and well-being such as, but not limited to, nutrition and healthy diet, exercise, mental health, sexual relationships, sexual health, contraception and use of legal highs, drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
  6. The development of safe, stable and secure relationships with staff in the home should be central to the ethos of the home and support the development of secure attachments that, where appropriate, persist over time.


Inspectors will investigate how the manager and staff understand each child or young person’s starting points, know they are making a positive difference to children and young people’s lives and understand and act on the strengths and areas for improvement in practice.

Members – Download your ‘Measuring Progress’ recording documents from Onrezume.

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