Local Authorities under increased pressure further to publication of DfE guidance on education of looked after children


Investment in new technology is crucial if Local Authorities are to meet the demands of the revised statutory guidance on the education of looked after children in England  recently announced by the Department for Education says Stephen Clarke, Managing Director, Contact Group, providers of best in class communication and data services to the public sector.

As corporate parents Directors and Lead Members of Children’s Services will be responsible for closing the attainment and progress gap between looked after children and their peers, creating a culture of high aspirations, promoting their educational achievements and providing them with access to a suitable range of high quality education placement options.

It’s a very positive step forward for children in care, but an extremely tough remit. It’s important that Local Authorities look closely at the data and ease of access to up-to-date data held on Looked after Children both in and out of borough to help them perform their duties efficiently and effectively. 

Many looked after children lead a transitory life, being moved from one children’s home or foster family to another. Greater risk and challenges are presented when a looked after child is moved outside the local authority’s area, yet still remains the responsibility of the Children’s Services Department to whom the child was originally registered.

Local authorities must also ensure they maintain an up-to-date roll of the authority’s looked after children who are in school or college settings, gather information about their education placement, attendance and educational progress, and inform head teachers if they have a child on roll that is looked after. They will also be responsible for ensuring that social workers, designated teachers, schools and carers understand their role and responsibilities in initiating, developing, reviewing and updating the child’s Personal Education Plan (PEP), which for collaboration purposes is more effectively done electronically.

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Stephen Clarke, Managing Director, Contact Group, providers of best in class communication and data services to the public sector, discusses the DfE’s revised statutory guidance on the education of looked after children and the increased pressure it is set to place on Local Authorities...

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Source – DfE - Promoting the education of looked after children - Statutory guidance for local authorities https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335964/Promoting_the_educational_achievement_of_looked_after_children_Final_23-....pdf

     
   
   
 
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