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The Project for Looked After Children's Education - The PLACE

The Project for Looked After Children's Education (The PLACE) team is dedicated to supporting the educational achievement of looked after children.

The team includes a specialist teacher, a senior education welfare officer, project workers and project mentors. They:

  • monitor attainment, progress and attendance
  • provide individual support in learning, attendance or behaviour
  • train Designated Teachers and carers
  • build capacity in schools so that they are more able to intervene and support children and young people
  • provide advice Personal Education Plans (PEPs)
  • work with other colleagues and agencies inside and outside the Borough to support looked after children

Our priorities

  • Narrow the attainment gaps between looked after children and their peers.
  • Enable looked after children to make good progress
  • Improve the attendance of looked after children
  • Liaise with the Designated Teacher
  • Celebrate the achievement of our looked after children
  • Ensure every looked after child has a high quality Personal Education Plan which identifies the actions and support to be provided;
  • Deliver training to schools, Designated Teachers, carers and partner agencies

Annual celebration of achievement

Celebrating success is an important part of the our corporate parenting ethos. Every year we organise a Celebration of Achievement Event at the beginning of the academic year. Every school aged looked after child is invited to attend, where they are formally recognised for a positive contribution they have made at home, school or in the community. Those who are unable to attend receive a certificate and a reward.

Simonside Lodge also hosts meetings of the Children in Care Council.

See also The virtual school and educating our looked after children.

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