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4. Personal Education Plans
All looked after children must have a care plan, of which the Personal Education Plan (PEP) is an integral part. All of those involved in the process of developing the PEP should use it to support the personalised learning of the child. The PEP (pre-school to age 18) is an evolving record of what needs to happen for looked after children to enable them to make progress and fulfil their potential.
The PEP should reflect the importance of a personalised approach to learning that meets the identified educational needs of the child, raises aspirations and builds life chances.
The PEP meeting is usually held in the education setting and we use a platform called ePEP. If you have a new looked after child in your school please contact us for details of how to access the system.
Who is responsible for the PEP?
The quality of the PEP is the joint responsibility of the local authority that looks after the child and the school. Social workers, carers, VSHs, designated teachers and, as appropriate, other relevant professionals will need to work closely together.
All of those involved in the PEP process at all stages should involve the child (according to understanding and ability) and, where appropriate, the child’s parent and/or relevant family member.
How often do PEP meetings occur and what happens in them?
PEP meetings should take place usually on a termly basis. We encourage young people to attend these meetings so that they have a voice and that we hear it. Other people who will be present at this meeting should include Social Worker, Designated Teacher or representative from the school, the carer and one of our team. These meetings are important because we can review progress and this helps to identify any future support. We also make decisions at these meetings about Pupil Premium funding and the needs of the young person.
Our support can take place in many different ways from members of the team supporting in the classroom or experienced tutors who deliver one to one tuition. We have an Inclusion and Participation Worker who could also look at alternative activities from museum visits to trips to the gym if this will be of benefit to the young person.
Last updated: 12 March 2019