Policy for the Education of Children and Young People Looked After by the Local Authority

Children and Young People Looked After

Education

Redcar & Cleveland People Services Department recognises that looked after children have the same entitlement as all other children in the Borough.

As corporate parents we seek to ensure that looked after children and young people gain maximum life change benefits through access to high quality educational opportunities and services, appropriate to their individual needs.

If you are a child or a young person looked after by Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council you can expect -
  • Help to settle into your school.
  • To be treated as an individual.
  • Not to be singled out or discriminated against in any way.
  • To be given the same opportunities and encouragement as all other young people in the school.
  • Your cultural, religious and special educational needs will be met.
  • Your own up to date Personal Education Plan this is what it looks like:
    Sample of Personal Plan Cover
  • Help with your school work.
  • Help with your home work.
  • Access to a computer in your placement and where necessary relevant educational software.
  • Identified quiet space within your placement to complete your homework.
  • Help to catch up if you have missed school because your placement has changed.
  • Help if you cant attend school.
  • Support and encouragement to attend activities after school, such as cultural, youth and community groups, sports and leisure activities, study or revision clubs, arts, drama and music clubs or anything else you might be interested in or want to try.
  • Support and encouragement to meet new people, make new friends and feel more confident.
Information we hold about you will be kept confidential. If information is to be shared with others, we will always try to tell you beforehand.

Those involved in your care, such as your Social Worker Manager for the Education of Looked after Children, your Doctor or Health Worker, and others caring for you will work together to help and support you. This will
  • Help to avoid any unnecessary changes of school and reduce time spent away from school if your care placement changes.
  • Help to plan your care.
  • Help you with any health needs.
  • Help to monitor your educational progress.
  • Help when you reach the end of Key Stages 2 and 4.
  • Help with other exams.
  • Help with transport to school especially if your placement changes when you are doing Key Stage 4 or have started your GCSE courses.
  • Help when you leave school with careers advice and support from a Connexions Personal Advisor.
In addition

Your school will have a designated Teacher for Looked After Children who will help you with any concerns you have about your education.

Your school will have a designated Governor to champion the needs of Looked After Children.

Your Care Placement will only be made when your educational arrangements are in place, (sometimes there are exceptional circumstances but these will be fully explained to you).

Your Educational Placement will be made within 20 days of your Care Placement.


After leaving school

You will continue to be supported particularly by your Social Worker and PA from TARGET Care Leaving Team, to continue in your further education or training. We will work with you and you FE College or education provider, to develop a Personal Education, Employment and Training Plan (PEET Plan). This will help to monitor and track your progress and ensure that timely support is provided to help you achieve your aspirations for the future"

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Last updated:
20/01/2014

Assigned review date:
09/09/2014

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