Mrs Young is the Designated Teacher for Looked after Children who works closely with the SENCO, Mrs Calvert, to ensure all teachers in school understand the implications for those children who are looked after and have SEN. We also have a Designated Governor for Looked After Children (LAC), Mr Martin Cottle, who liaises with the head teacher about the support that this group of children receive in school.
LAC with SEN are supported in school and have a Support Plan which is reviewed every term. All LAC have a statutory Care Plan, which is drawn up and reviewed by the Local Authority that looks after them. The Personal Education Plan (PEP) is a legal part of the Care Plan; which is a statutory requirement for LAC in education provision.
Mrs Young ensures that LAC have a PEP which is also reviewed every term. The Support Plan and the PEP should compliment each other. If a LAC with SEN requires further assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) we are particularly aware of the need to avoid any delays for LAC and carry out the EHC needs assessment in the shortest possible timescale. Addressing a LAC’s SEN will be a crucial part of avoiding any breakdown in their school and or care placement.