Foster care 'boosts vulnerable children's grades'
Oxford and Bristol university researchers calculated that the difference amounted to at least six GCSE grades at 16.
However, the results of students in both groups were not as good as pupils in the general population.
The GCSE results of 640,000 teenagers in England in 2013 were examined.
Around 14,000 of these were deemed to be "in need" but were still living with their birth parents, supported by social workers, and their results were not as good as the total of just over 6,000 pupils who were in care.
Children did better at school "once they felt safe and secure", said Prof David Berridge of Bristol University. To read more about this story by Robert Pigott CLICK HERE.