Schools and the Designated Teacher Role

Designated teachers in schools have a key role to play in improving the educational outcomes of looked after Children in our Care (CIOC).

The full guidance for schools can be downloaded here: Guidance for DTs for Looked After Children (February 2018) Every school has a statutory responsibility to allocate a Designated Teacher (DT) for CIOC. This teacher champions the needs and outcomes of all CIOC and Care Experienced Young People in their school. 

Quality teaching has the greatest impact on outcomes for children in our care 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. Teachers are heroes and make a difference. 

Working towards becoming a Trauma Informed School?

KCA training will provide 2 sessions for DTs and other school staff to be held on 3rd November 2021. 1st session 9.30-12noon. 2nd session 4pm-6pm. Please contact the Virtual School to book your morning or afternoon session. Find your overview of the training sessions here

The DT as a champion and advocate:

  • 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.
  • Explores training opportunities and webinars recommended by the Virtual School. Please contact the Virtual School to book a course on 020 73643692 or email Fadumo Said
  • Completes detailed ePEPs Virtual School Guidance for PEP Completion on Welfare Call
  • Arranges and chairs PEP meetings, using PEP Meeting agenda resources, provided by the Virtual school
  • Keeps close contact with their Virtual School Teacher and Advisor
  • Informs students about extra study days and events organised by the Virtual School. See our NEW calendar of events, activities and study support.

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 Pupil Premium to make individual impact
  • Provide you with a code to access your app THVS Learn , where you will find a range of courses to support you to lead change in your school. Please contact your Virtual School teacher for your access code.
  • Offer assistance and guidance to complete a child's EHCP
  • Provide advice regarding agreed outcomes during a PEP meeting
  • Advise on and provide excellent trauma and attatchment training for DTs and related staff.
  • Keep you up to date on university events for years 10-13 run by UEL and other HE providers

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.

Oxford university will be running a series of virtual events for students in year 11 and 12 who are considering applying to Oxford or Cambridge. To find out more, click here and here

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  • Virtual School Guidance for Schools
    (Completion of EPEPs)