Virtual School - Personal Education Plans (PEPs)

A Personal Education Plan (PEP) is a document that captures the voice of the child, their attainment, progress and educational needs.

A PEP identifies how the pupil premium plus, will be spent to support positive outcomes and remove any barriers to their learning.

A new PEP is needed for each academic year.

The PEP should be initiated by the child's social worker, in partnership with the designated teacher for CLA at the school. 

The virtual school will attend the initial PEP meeting where the child is new into care. 

For those CLA already in care, the virtual school will prioritise attending PEP meetings where there is a concern which would need further guidance or advice. 

It is crucial that those working with CLA are familiar with the statutory guidance, Designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children

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Young people in care who are above statutory school age (ie. above Year 11) remain part of Cumbria's Virtual School as a Post-16 student.  Government requirements state that all young people in England must continue in education or employment with training until the age of 18, and/or the end of Year 13. 

Post-16 students require a Future Plan (Post 16 PEP). A Future plan Post 16 PEP meeting should be held every term during Year 12 and Year 13; usually September/October and then reviewed in the Spring and Summer term.  The Future Plan (Post 16 PEP) is required for all young people in education, employment or training, as well as for those who are NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training).

Young people in care in Cumbria who are not participating in education or training (NEET) are referred to other services such as Inspira to support them back into education, training or work.  An Inspira advisor will also be able to attend the Future Plan (Post 16 PEP) meeting for those living in Cumbria to ensure progress is being made towards future employment.

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