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
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.