Schools and the Designated Teacher Role

Schools have a key role to play in improving the educational outcomes of looked after children (LAC).

The full guidance for schools can be downloaded here: Guidance for DTs for Looked After Children (February 2018)

Quality teaching has the greatest impact on outcomes for looked after children and that’s why we make sure our children attend the best, suitable provision. However, many will need more than this, due to their experience in Care. Some of our children and young people will be coping with neglect, trauma and highly disrupted education. Dr Karen Triesman MBE, Clinical Psychologist will provide training on The Impact of Relational and Developmental Trauma on Childhood Development, on January 8th 2021. Please contact the Virtual School to book a place. Read more about Karen Treisman here

Every school has a statutory responsibility to allocate a Designated Teacher DT for LAC. This teacher must champion the needs and outcomes of all LAC and PLAC in the school. (See the link above)

The ideal DT:

  • Has excellent data and tracking skills
  • Has a high level of experience in the pastoral and academic areas of school
  • Has gravitas to chair meetings with stakeholders, hold the senior team to account, and report to governors
  • Attends annual training events run by the Virtual School.
  • Explore training opportunities and webinars recommended by the Virtual School. Please contact the Virtual School to book this on 020 73643692 or email
  • Completes detailed ePEPs Virtual School Guidance for PEP Completion on Welfare Call
  • Arranges and chairs PEP meetings: PEP Meeting Agenda
  • Keeps close contact with their Virtual School Teacher and Advisor
  • Informs students about extra study days and events organised by the virtual school

DTs are our superheroes in schools.

The Virtual School supports the role of the DT. We will:

  • Allocate a dedicated Virtual School Teacher and Advisor
  • Provide Training Days each term (Dates for 2021 TBC)
  • Provide Pupil Premium to make individual impact
  • Offer assistance and guidance to complete a child's EHCP
  • Provide advice with setting wider targets during a PEP meeting
  • Advise on and provide trauma and attatchment training forDTs and related staff.

A key responsibility of a DT is to chair PEP meetings and make this a child-centred event, where the child can talk about their education, aspirations and concerns. The role of the carer, social worker and Virtual School Teacher & Advisor, is also vital to ensure the best possible outcomes for the child.

Influence policy and develop and improve services for looked after children and care leavers Promote individual achievement, health, and well-being.


  • Virtual School Guidance for Schools
    (Completion of EPEPs)

At which they are enrolled.