School attendances improve in South Tyneside

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SCHOOL attendance by some of South Tyneside’s most vulnerable children has improved dramatically in the last few years, councillors will learn tomorrow.

 In 2008/09 statistics showed that 12.9 per cent of borough children in care missed 25 days or more of schooling. But that figure had fallen to just 4.96 per cent in 2013/14.

The figures will form part of a report on corporate parenting to be presented to members of South Tyneside Council when they meet at South Shields Town Hall from 6pm tomorrow.

Meanwhile, 64 per cent of children in South Tyneside are adopted less than 18 months from becoming looked over – the 16th best performance of local authorities across the country.

And overall, 25 per cent of children leaving care are adopted in the borough, compared with 17 per cent nationally.

A report to the committee says: “Looked-after children are one of the most vulnerable groups in our society and it is the responsibility of the local authority, as corporate parents, to support each of them, as individuals, to achieve their maximum potential.”