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Social Workers

The Virtual School and Social Care work in partnership to ensure the child’s education is prioritised, alongside their care. You play a very important part when it comes to a child's education planning. During Personal Education Planning Meetings (PEPs), you are able to help to set a context to inform  the education targets set and provide a fresh perspective. This ensures that all partners (including the child) can make good, well informed choices.PEPs are important because a child may move from placement to placement, or school to school, and it's imporatant  that they have a record of their achievements and a sense of their history.

As a child or young person’s social worker, you will complete some of the Personal Education Plan ePEP on Welfare Call, to ensure that relevant details are always up-to-date. You will also work in partnership with carers, parents and residential staff to ask for their input and views prior to a PEP meeting.The social worker and designated teacher (DT) for Looked After Children should decide when is the most appropriate time to meet, and confirm who will be attending the meeting.

Before a PEP meeting:

  • Social workers complete sections 9 and 10. Ask a virtual school teacher for a parent carer template, if required. See ePEP information chart here
  • The child/young person's views on school should be recorded by the agreed, most appropriate, professional
  • The Social Worker should discuss the purpose of the meeting with the parent/carer, as appropriate

What is a Personal Education Plan (PEP)

The Personal Education Plan (PEP) is a statutory tool to ensure that everyone is actively prioritising the education of the child or young person. All Looked After Children (LAC) have a statutory Care Plan, which is drawn up and reviewed by the Local Authority that looks after them. The Personal Education Plan (PEP) is a legal part of the CarePlan; which is a statutory requirement for LAC from being in preschool provision up to the age of 18.

The Virtual School will:

Schools Admissions Checklist

  • Have the Virtual School Teacher and Advisor been informed?
  • Is the school judged by OFSTED to be Good or Outstanding?
  • Given the young person's location is the school most suitable based on their needs?
  • Does the young person have SEN needs?
  • If the young person has a statement, have the SEN department been informed?
  • If the young person has a statement, is the school's local offer able to meet the young person's needs?
  • Has an informational visit been made?
  • Does the young person want to attend this school?
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