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Designated teachers

This section is for the designated teacher for looked after children. It includes your role and responsibilities, and information about training.

Please contact us to let the Aspire Virtual School know your details if you are a new designated teacher:

Business support officers



Roles and responsibilities

The designated teacher should:

  • have lead responsibility for helping school staff
  • understand the things which affect how looked after children learn and achieve
  • promote a culture of high expectations and aspirations for how looked after children learn
  • make sure the young person has a voice in setting learning targets
  • be a source of advice for staff about differentiated teaching strategies which are appropriate for individual children and in making full use of Assessment for Learning
  • make sure that looked after children are prioritised in one-to-one tuition arrangements and that carers understand the importance of supporting learning at home
  • have lead responsibility for the development and implementation of the child’s personal education plan (PEP) within the school.

Guidance documents on Gov.uk

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The role of the governing body

Governing bodies should, through the designated teacher, hold the school to account on how it supports its looked-after and previously looked-after children (including how the PP+ is used) and their level of progress.

In some schools, designated teachers do this by providing the governing body with a regular report. The patchy nature in the numbers of looked-after and previously looked-after children in any one school means it would be best to have a flexible approach to providing such a report.

Statutory Guidance – Chapter 2 on Gov.uk

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The local authority will continue to receive £2,345 for each child in care and this funding will initially be retained by the Headteacher of the LBBD Virtual School as required by the Department for Education (DfE).

The funding is ring-fenced for making improvements for the educational attainment of children in care.

Pupil Premium Conditions of Grant 2020-21 on Gov.uk.

The 16-19 Bursary Fund Guide for 2019-20 on Gov.uk.

PP Plus form 2020-21 additional funding (DOCX, 208KB)

Pupil Premium Plus (PP+) policy 2020-21 (PDF, 211KB)

New support for young care leavers starting an apprenticeship

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The personal education plan (PEP) is a statutory requirement and is designed to plan the progress and improvement strategy for a looked after child.

Information from the DFE about the PEP process

Promoting the Education of Looked After Children on GOV.UK.

Don’t forget we have to produce electronic personal educational plans (ePEP) from 31 October for our EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4 PEPs.

ePEP website.

DT and SW Guide to ePEP (PDF, 1.7MB)

To support the use of ePEP the Virtual School is producing regular ePEP bulletins:

ePEP bulletin #1 (DOCX, 345.5KB)

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