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3.5.2 Supporting the Education of Looked After Children


Contents

  1. Criteria for Supporting the Education of Looked After Children
  2. Role of the Child's Social Worker
  3. Role of the Designated Teacher for Children Looked After
  4. During the PEP Meeting
  5. Role of the LACE Team
  6. To Receive Additional Support Other than 1:1 Support the Following will Apply

    Appendix 1 - Tutors New Student Referral Document


1. Criteria for Supporting the Education of Looked After Children

To receive 1:1 support, the following will apply to any statutory school aged pupil who is Looked After by the London Borough of Hillingdon:

  • Children in Years 2, 6, 9, 10 and 11 whose attainment is lower than the national average are entitled to 1:1 support if by receiving this support the pupil will achieve the national average after Key Stage exams;

    Year 2 pupils sitting Key Stage 1 are expected to achieve level 2
    Year 6 pupils sitting Key Stage 2 are expected to achieve level 4
    Year 9 pupils sitting Key Stage 1 are expected to achieve level 5
    Year 10 & 11 pupils sitting Key Stage 4 including English and Maths and are expected to achieve level 7;
  • The children will be offered support in the following subjects/curriculum:

    Year 2 literacy, numeracy, reading, writing, spelling
    Year 6 Maths, English and Science
    Year 9 Maths, English and Science
    Years 10 &11, English and Maths. If they are already achieving at a national average level in English and Maths then they can receive 1:1 support in any other subject curriculum where they are sitting exams;
  • Tuition will be considered for Year 10 and 11 GCSE subjects for those who are working towards obtaining enough points to enter college course. Colleges requires children to have an average GCSE grade of at least 4.0 (including four GCSEs at grade C or higher) to consider an Advanced level programme and the higher the average GCSE grade, the broader the programme of study is likely to be;
  • A Personal Education Plan (PEP) is in place identifying the need for 1:1 support that includes predicted grades and suggested learning outcomes for the 1:1 support to focus on and also outline how the school will reinforce the learning outcomes identified in the 1:1 support;
  • A tuition referral form has been completed;
  • The tuition will be reviewed after every 12 sessions to ensure that it is effective and that learning outcomes are being met. 


2. Role of the Child's Social Worker

Identifying the child's need for 1:1 support 

  • The social worker must inform the Designated Teacher for Children Looked After (DT) that they would like to request 1:1 support for the child and arrange a Personal Education Plan (PEP) meeting or review meeting for a current PEP;
  • The social worker should send a copy of the previous PEP, a new blank PEP with the first section completed and the tuition referral form to the DT 10 days prior to the PEP meeting date;
  • Once the PEP is completed the social worker should send a copy to all relevant professionals and persons and also a copy to the LACE team, along with tuition referral, either by email lace@hillingdon.gov.uk or fax 01895 250219.


3. Role of the Designated Teacher for Children Looked After

  • The DT should inform the social worker that additional support should be offered to the child and request a PEP meeting or review meeting for a current PEP;
  • The DT should ensure a copy of the PEP is sent back to the social worker with the education history section completed within 5 days of receiving the PEP from the social worker;
  • The DT should ensure the social worker has recorded in the PEP that they will make a referral to the LACE team requesting 1:1 support and there is a timescale given to this action;
  • The DT should support/reinforce the learning objective set by the 1:1 support.


4. During the PEP Meeting

  • The tuition referral form must be filled out (see Appendix 1);
  • The PEP must identify the need for 1:1 support and include predicted grades and suggested learning outcomes for the 1:1 support to focus on and also outline how the school will reinforce the learning outcomes identified in the 1:1 support. Please note if this information is not on the PEP then the tuition will not be put in place and will delay 1:1 support for the child;
  • The social worker must record on the PEP that they will make a referral, within an agreed timescale, to the LACE team for 1:1 support.


5. Role of the LACE Team

  • The LACE duty worker will look at the referral and ensure that it meets the criteria for 1:1 support;
  • The LACE duty worker will send tuition referral form and relevant contact information on to the organisation/person offering 1:1 support within 2 working days of receiving the information;
  • There will be an expectation on the organisation/person offering 1:1 support to identify, to LACE, if they can or cannot offer 1:1 support with 3 working days of receiving the referral;
  • After 6 working days, of LACE receiving the referral form from the social worker, LACE will inform the DT and the social worker if 1:1 support has been identified and if so provide them with the details of the person offering the support;
  • LACE will record current level of attainment and predicted grade in the subject being offered;
  • LACE will seek feedback from the DT, foster carer and the child after 12 1:1 sessions to review the support;
  • LACE will record final exam result in the subject 1:1 support being offered.


6. To Receive Additional Support Other than 1:1 Support the Following will Apply

  • The professional who has identified the need for additional support has initiated a PEP meeting and the social worker ensures that all relevant professionals and persons attend the meeting;
  • As a result of the PEP meeting, the PEP will then clearly identify what additional support the pupil needs and how this cannot be met within the school's and/or local authority's own provisions and resources;
  • The PEP will also identify how this additional support will make a difference to the pupil's educational experiences and that SMART outcomes are identified;
  • The PEP will also identify who will be accountable for ensuring the additional support is in place and how it will be utilized;
  • A referral, with the PEP attached, will be made to LACE team lace@hillingdon.gov.uk or fax 01895 250219;
  • Any additional support will be reviewed by LACE at 6 months or sooner depending on the type of support offered;
  • additional support will only be explored if the needs of the child fall outside other provisions such as school action, school action plus, Special Education Needs, behaviour support services, education welfare services, connexions services or any other relevant school or local authority support for pupils.


Appendix 1 - Tutors New Student Referral Document

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