The Role and Responsibilities of the Designated Teacher for Looked after Children

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Extract from ”The Role and Responsibilities of the Designated Teacher for Looked after Children”

1. Statutory framework

  • From 1 September 2009 the governing bodies of all maintained schools are required under the Children and Young Persons Act 2008 (the 2008 Act)
    to appoint a designated teacher to promote the educational achievement of looked after children who are on the school roll.

2. The role of the governing body

The governing body must ensure that the designated teacher undertakes appropriate training (section 20(2) of the 2008 Act).

  • As a minimum governors must consider an annual report from the designated teacher which contains the information described in section 2.10 of this guidance.
  • The governing body and school leadership team should consider the report and act on any issues it raises so as to support the designated teacher and maximise the impact of the role.

3. The role of the designated teacher within the school

  • The designated teacher should have lead responsibility for helping school staff understand the things which affect how looked after children learn and achieve.

The designated teacher should:

  • Promote a culture of high expectations and aspirations for how looked after children learn
  • Make sure the young person has a voice in setting learning targets
  • Be a source of advice for staff about differentiated teaching strategies appropriate for individual children and in making full use of Assessment for Learning
  • Make sure that looked after children are prioritised in one-to-one tuition arrangements and that carers understand the importance of supporting learning at home
  • Have lead responsibility for the development and implementation of the child’s personal education plan (PEP) within the school.