Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Leigh
Policy for the Education of Looked After
and Previously Looked After Children
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This policy is intended as a guide for schools to adapt to meet the needs of children in their own setting. All information and areas of focus in this document are taken from or based upon the statutory guidance published in February 2018.
Any policy for the education of looked after and previously looked after children should be considered alongside the statutory guidance.
The Designated Teacher for Looked-after and Previously Looked-after Children – Statutory guidance on their roles and responsibilities.
DfE, February 2018.
This policy outlines our school commitment to the
Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children.
1.The governing body /trust board
The governors will carry out their role in line with statutory guidance.
The designated governor in school is Mrs J Mee
The governing body/trust board, head teacher and school leadership team will support the education of looked after and previously looked after children by ensuring that the designated teacher has:
- Appropriate seniority and professional experience to provide leadership, training, information, challenge and advice to others
- Training opportunities, including time away from timetable commitments, to acquire and keep up-to-date the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding, including a good knowledge of SEN
- Appropriate monitoring arrangements to ensure that the school/education setting is providing appropriate support for looked-after and previously looked-after children
They will also ensure that school policies consider the needs of looked-after and previously looked-after children. This consideration will include additional arrangements for looked-after and previously looked-after children when considering;
- Behaviour management
- Mental health needs
- Specific safeguarding challenges
- Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
- Gifted and talented students
- Teaching and learning needs
- Educational visits and extended school activities
The Governing body/trust board will hold the school to account on how it supports its looked-after and previously looked-after children, including;
- how the Pupil Premium Plus (PP+) is used
- pupil inclusion
- level of progress
2. The designated teacher
The designated teacher will carry out their role in line with statutory guidance.
The designated teacher is Mrs H Ahmed
The designated teacher (DT) is the central point of initial contact within the school. They will join up resources and support to minimise any disruption to a child’s learning.
- The DT will work with VSHs to promote the education of looked-after and previously looked-after children by promoting a whole school culture where the personalised learning needs of every looked-after and previously looked-after child matters and their personal, emotional and academic needs are prioritised.
- They will take lead responsibility for ensuring school staff understand how the whole school supports the educational achievement of these pupils. Our school will make sure that all staff:
- have high expectations of children’s learning and set targets to accelerate educational progress;
- are aware of the emotional, psychological and social effects of loss and separation (attachment awareness)
- understand how important it is to see children as individuals
- appreciate the central importance of the looked-after child’s PEP
- for previously looked-after children, understand the importance of involving the child’s parents or guardians in decisions affecting their child’s education, and be a contact for parents or guardians who want advice or have concerns about their child’s progress at school.
- The designated teacher will have a direct and day-to-day role in promoting the educational achievement of looked-after and previously looked-after children. They will
- Ensuring parents and guardians of previously looked-after children are reminded that they need to inform the school if their child is eligible to attract PP+
- These meetings will take place 3 times per academic year to review support and deploy effective resources.
- Contribute to the development and review of whole school policies and procedures
- Ensure the pupil premium plus is used effectively within school to have the greatest positive impact on children’s learning. This includes;
- Ensure looked after and previously looked after children are prioritised for support; listened to; encouraged to participate; and believe they can achieve through an ethos of aspiration.
- The designated teacher will chair Personal Education Plan (PEP) meetings to effectively plan to utilise school resources and ensure each child has access to the support they need to achieve.
- Documentation will be coproduced with family and social care and shared with appropriate professionals as part of the child’s care plan.
- The designated teacher will work closely with professional agencies including the foster carer; allocated social worker; virtual school head; learning and behaviour support agencies; EPS; SENDs, CAMHs, local police/youth offending service; community nurses and any other professional agency involved in supporting the child and family.
- Transfer out of care
- When children cease to be looked-after the designated teacher will maintain links with VSHs for the purposes of promoting the educational achievement of this group of previously looked-after children.
- The Designated teacher will ensure that family members and carers are aware that they must pass on information about previous care status to any education settings. This information cannot be passed from school to school as it will be protected information under GDPR.
- Voice of the child
- We will listen to the voice of looked-after and previously looked-after children as a vital part of successfully understanding and meeting their needs.
- Pupil Premium Plus (PP+)
Looked-after children and children adopted from care, on a special guardianship or child arrangements order are eligible for PP+ funding. This is additional funding provided to help improve the attainment of looked-after and previously looked-after children and close the attainment gap between this group and their peers.
- All pupil premium spending will take account of the specific needs of eligible pupils.
- PP+ reflects the significant additional barriers faced by looked-after and previously looked-after children
- PP+ is allocated according to need rather than a personal budget.
- Our school will use pupil premium to address need in social, academic and mental health needs. This will be in agreement with the VSH from the child’s home authority
- Special Educational Needs (SEN)
- Looked-after children and previously looked-after children are significantly more likely to have SEN than their peers. Of those with SEN, a significant proportion will have Education, Health and Care Plans (EHC plans).
- The designated teacher will ensure that:
- They work closely with the SENCO and local authority support team where applicable
- Children’s PEPs work in harmony with their EHC plan
- Meeting Mental Health needs
- Looked-after children and previously looked-after children are more likely to experience the challenge of social, emotional and mental health issues than their peers.
- The designated teachers has an important role in ensuring they and other school staff can identify signs of potential issues and understand where the school can draw on specialist services
- Our school will utilise the CAMHS education link to support understanding mental health needs for looked-after and previously looked –after children.
- This will enable us to improve a whole school understanding of attachment and trauma and the impact on learning and behaviour for vulnerable children.
- We also recognise the impact on staff when working with traumatised children. We will ensure all staff feel supported to address their own needs as well as those of the vulnerable children they are caring for.
- Working with local authorities
Staff from school work closely with social care staff from the Local Authorities where the child is placed.
- Working with carers and parents
Staff from school work closely with parents and carers to support them and their child/ren.
- The past experiences of looked-after and previously looked-after children can impact on their behaviour
- Where a looked-after child is at risk of either fixed term or permanent exclusion, the designated teacher will contact the relevant authority’s VSH as soon as possible so they can help the school decide how to support the child to improve their behaviour and avoid exclusion becoming necessary.
Adapted: Summer Term 2020
Review Summer Term 2022