A national system to measure the educational performance and progress of young people whilst in care, across LA boundaries, launched in 2017 to help local authorities and virtual school heads target resources effectively.

Nearly every Local Authority in England is involved in the NCER CLA Project

2017 CLA Analysis went live in Nexus in January 2018 — Phase 2 of the NCER's innovative CLA Project This data release enabled hundreds of Virtual School Heads and LAs across the country to analyse local outcomes for Looked after Children alongside the national context earlier than in previous years.


Project Purpose & Aims

The NCER CLA Project has created a consistent, national evidence-based system for monitoring educational outcomes of children in care.

Utilising the NCER Nexus system enables local authorities to assess, monitor and report on the educational achievement and progress of children in care nationally, locally at an institutional level, and individually. The project includes reporting filters that take into account the recommendations of the ADCS / NAVSH / NCER research paper, based on earlier research by The Rees Centre / University of Bristol.

Virtual School Heads (VSHs) welcome this project because of its contribution to developing a better, holistic understanding of the attainment and progress of children in care and the key vulnerabilities, which VSHs are committed to addressing in partnership with all those who work to enable them to achieve their potential.

Each local authority that has opted in to the NCER CLA Project is able to grant access to their Virtual School Heads, allowing VSHs to benefit from the interactive CLA reports within Nexus.

NCER CLA Analysis provides an evidence base for Ofsted. NCER CLA Analysis enables local authorities to break down local outcomes alongside national context. Ofsted are particularly interested in how local authorities know how their CLA children are doing in comparison to similar pupils. The NCER CLA Analysis provides this evidence base and more using filters and aggregations.


Project Timeline

Spring 2018

January 2018

Summer 2017

March 2017

Spring 2017

Winter 2016

Autumn 2016

Summer 2016

Spring 2016


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