What is meant by the term "Looked After Child?”
Children are described as ‘looked after’ if they have a care order or if they are accommodated on a voluntary basis by the Local Authority. Often this will be with foster carers, but some looked after children might stay in a children’s home or boarding school, or with another adult known to the parents and children’s services.
The Children and Young Persons Act 2008, requires schools’ Governing Bodies to appoint a
Designated Teacher for Looked After Children, underpinned by statutory guidance.
At Rocklands School, the Designated Teacher for Looked After Children is
Louise Mitchell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Designated Teacher ensures the school register for Looked After Children is kept up to date.
They ensure that the school holds a current Personal Education Plan for each Looked After Child.
If there is not an up-to-date PEP in place, they ensure that the child’s social worker is contacted and asked to arrange a PEP meeting.
They monitor the progress of all Looked After Children within the school and inform senior staff and governors.
They report annually to the governing body on progress.
They ensure that the school has suitable catch up programmes to support Looked After Children who may have been out of school for a long period.
They ensure that staff are informed, trained and updated on Looked After Children issues.
They maintain a culture of high expectation regarding Looked After Children ‘ as if they were our own children’ .
We are delighted to say that Rocklands School are the winners of the Staffordshire Virtual School Pupil Premium Plus Good Practice Award in the Alternative and Special Education Category 2017.
Further information is available from the link below.
This site offers a variety of support and information to those involved in the education of Looked After Children in our county.