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Education of looked-after children
Children in care are among the most vulnerable in schools. Many
have experienced personal upheaval and may be dealing with the
affects of physical or sexual abuse, neglect, rejection,
bereavement or family breakdown.
We recognise that the needs of a child in care will be better
met if all the agencies supporting them work together. In Medway we
have a Virtual Headteacher for children in care who works with
schools, social workers and other agencies to support the education
of children in care and those who are leaving the care system. Each
child's progress is tracked and funding called Pupil Premium Plus
is used to provide personalised support.
Each school has a designated teacher for children in care who
gives important educational and emotional support.
Each child, from nursery to leaving care, has a personal
education plan (PEP) which is reviewed by them, their school, their
carer and their social worker three times a year. The PEP
review provides a vital opportunity for all those involved to
understand the support needed to enable all young people in care to
What is a designated teacher?
Schools within the Local Authority appoint a designated
teacher to support children at school who are
in care. The Virtual Headteacher for children in care keeps an
up-to-date register of designated teachers and shares this with
social workers and teams in the Children and Adult Services
All of Medway's designated teachers are kept up-to-date on
issues concerning children in care through a programme of training