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School Governors supporting Looked After Learners, As a governor you make a real difference in helping your school provide the best possible education for all its pupils, whatever their background. That’s true for a looked afterchild as much as any other. A Practical Guide for School Governors (see PDF file below) is designed to help governors gain an understanding of the experiences of looked after children in schools and the challenges they need to overcome if they are to succeed. Each section deals with a key issue, offers practical advice and poses a set of questions to help governing bodies and their schools develop and implement the policies and procedures to ensure that their looked after children achieve and enjoy their time at school.

School governors have an important role to play in championing the needs of looked after children on their roll. They can ensure that designated teachers and other relevant staff understand how to actively support local authorities in promoting the educational achievement of Children in Care. In particular, they can ensure that the needs of Children in Care are reflected in the school’s development plan and self-evaluation.

Since September 2009, the Governing bodies of maintained schools have had a statutory obligation to appoint a Designated Teacher to promote the educational achievement of Children in Care on the school roll. Many Children in Care have suffered disruption to their learning. Gaps in their learning and the emotional impact of their experiences are likely to have become significant barriers to their progress. Excellent practice already exists in many schools and making the Designated Teacher role statutory is intended to help ensure this effective practice becomes universal. Guidance is available for primary and secondary schools.

Designated teachers of maintained or foundation schools are required to produce an annual report for their governing body.

The model school policy will help schools understand what is required and to fulfil their responsibilities to looked after children. We strongly recommend that all schools adopt a LAC policy, even those schools that currently have no LAC pupils.

Early Years

The Virtual school is working with the Early Years Locality Teams and the Specialist Teaching Team to ensure all Lincolnshire looked after children receive early intervention based on individual needs.

Social workers

When a young person becomes looked after by the local authority they are allocated a social worker. The role of the Virtual School is to ensure there are effective arrangements in place to work with social workers and other profesionals who play a role in supporting the education of looked after children. The Virtual School supports social workers to ensure a Personal Education Plan (PEP) is integral to the child’s care plan and is reviewed regularly. In Lincolnshire PEP’s are recorded electronically.

Electronic Personal Education Plan (ePEP)

The ePEP (age 3 to 18) is an electronic Personal Education Plan, a ‘living document’ that records what needs to happen for ‘Looked After Children’ to enable them to make expected progress and fulfil their potential. For further information abour accessing the ePEP system contact

Information on Fostering and Adoption from Lincolnshire County Council

Useful references and resources for those involved in the Social Care of Children in Care can be found on the DFE website including the current Social Care statutory guidance.

Lincolnshire Local Offer

The SEN and Disability Local Offer describes what help, support and services are available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families in Lincolnshire.

Collect Your School Offer Online

The online admissions system is available to Lincolnshire parents who have applied online for a Reception, Junior or Year 7 place.

1 March 2018 for Secondary school offers

16 April 2018 for Primary or Junior offers


Apply Online for a School Place

Apply for a mid-year school place


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Last updated: 8 December 2017

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