Previously Looked After Children
The Local Authority has a duty to promote the educational achievement of Previously Looked After Children by providing information and advice to:
- Any person that has parental responsibility for the child
- Providers of funded early years education and Designated Teachers for Previously Looked after Children in maintained schools and academies
- Any other person the authority considers appropriate for promoting the educational achievement of relevant children
The duty relates to previously looked-after children who are in education in the area served by the Virtual School irrespective of where the child lives.
Previously looked-after children are those who:
- Are no longer looked after by a local authority in England and Wales (as defined by the Children Act 1989 or Part 6 of the Social Services and Well- being (Wales) Act 2014) because they are the subject of an adoption, special guardianship or child arrangements order
- Were adopted from 'state care' outside England and Wales. 'State care' is care provided by a public authority, a religious organisation, or any other organisation whose sole or main purpose is to benefit society
Virtual School Heads are not expected to monitor the educational progress of individual children or be held to account for their educational attainment. Any intervention in the education of a previously looked-after child must be with the agreement of the person(s) who have parental responsibility for the child. They, like all parents, are responsible for overseeing their child's progress in education.
Schools that have children who are Previously Looked After, subject to adoption, Special Guardianship Order or Child Arrangement Order (known as 'previously looked after')are eligible to claim Pupil Premium Plus funding.
The grant is currently £2,345 per year and is for students from Reception class up to Year 11. In order for schools to access the funding, parents and guardians must declare their child's adoptive, SGO or CAO status directly to the school before the school completes the January census. Parents and guardians must provide evidence, for example, a copy of the legal order, or a confirmation letter from the local council which placed their child. Parents should not need to declare their child's status again until the child changes school. Parents are not obliged to declare this information.
A child may be in an adoptive placement and legally still be in the care of the Local Authority. In these circumstances the child will continue to have Personal Education Plan (PEP) meetings to review progress and discuss use of the Pupil Premium. At this stage, the Pupil Premium will be administered through the Virtual School of the Local Authority where the child was taken into care.
Once the adoption order is granted, the statutory PEP meetings will cease. Adoptive parents can request and agree to more informal review meetings with school staff if they feel it is appropriate. It is helpful if these meetings are documented.
If you require further information or advice please email:firstname.lastname@example.org