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Previously Looked After Children

Local council have a duty to promote the educational achievement of previously Looked After Children in their area by providing information and advice to:

  • Any person that has parental responsibility for the child
  • Providers of funded early years education, designated teachers for previously Looked after Children in maintained schools and academies
  • Any other person the authority considers appropriate for promoting the educational achievement of relevant children

The duty relates to previously looked-after children who are in education in the area served by the Virtual School irrespective of where the child lives. 

Previously looked-after children are those who: 

  • Are no longer looked after by a local authority in England and Wales (as defined by the Children Act 1989 or Part 6 of the Social Services and Well- being (Wales) Act 2014) because they are the subject of an adoption, special guardianship or child arrangements order
  • Were adopted from ‘state care’ outside England and Wales. ‘State care’ is care provided by a public authority, a religious organisation, or any other organisation whose sole or main purpose is to benefit society

Virtual School Heads are not expected to monitor the educational progress of individual children or be held to account for their educational attainment. Any intervention in the education of a previously looked-after child must be with the agreement of the person(s) who have parental responsibility for the child. They, like all parents, are responsible for overseeing their child’s progress in education.

Promoting the education looked after children and previously looked after children

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The governing body of a maintained school in England and the proprietor of an Academy in England have a duty to:

  • Designate a member of staff to have responsibility for promoting the educational achievement of previously looked-after pupils who are no longer looked after in England and Wales because they are the subject of an adoption, special guardianship or child arrangements order, or were adopted from ‘state care’ outside England and Wales
  • Ensure the designated person undertakes appropriate training
  • Ensure they and the designated teacher has regard any guidance issued by the Secretary of State

The designated teacher for looked after and previously looked after children

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The documents below provide details of the school admissions process in Wiltshire but if you require further information please email: admissions@wiltshire.gov.uk

Wiltshire Council School Admissions

Forms, guides and policy documents

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Schools that have children who are:

  • Previously looked after
  • Subject to adoption
  • Special guardianship order or child arrangement order (known as 'previously looked after')

are eligible to claim Pupil Premium Plus funding.
The pupil premium for 2018 to 2019 will include pupils recorded in the January 2018 school census and alternative provision census, who were looked after by an English or Welsh local council immediately before being adopted, or who left local council care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order. These are collectively referred to as post-LAC in these conditions of grant. Pupil Premium is allocated to post-LAC pupils in general hospital schools and alternative provision (including non-maintained special schools) not maintained by the local council but where the local council pays full tuition fees.

The grant is currently £2,300 per year and is for students from Reception class up to Year 11. In order for schools to access the funding, parents and guardians must declare their child's adoptive, SGO or CAO status directly to the school before the school completes the January census. Parents and guardians must provide evidence, for example, a copy of the legal order, or a confirmation letter from the local council which placed their child. Parents should not need to declare their child’s status again until the child changes school. Parents are not obliged to declare this information.

Unlike the Pupil Premium that was accessed through the Virtual School when the child was still legally in care. Pupil Premium money for previously looked after children comes directly from the Local council to the school and is not ring-fenced for the individual child. It is good practice for schools to include parents in discussions around the most effective use of Pupil Premium Plus and it is important that interventions supported by pupil premium should be evidence based and in the best interests of the child.

Pupil premium conditions of grant   

Pupil Premium Plus – A PAC-UK Education Service Guide

Pupil Premium for Adopted Children – Case Studies

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Early years provision is available to 2,3 and 4 year olds who have been adopted from care or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order or Residence Order.  They are entitled to 570 hours of free education per year which is usually taken as 15 hours a week over 38 weeks of the year but providers who offer all year round provision may spread the hours over a longer period.

Funding for 2 year olds 

Funding for 3 and 4 year olds 

Early Years Pupil Premium is available for 3 and 4 year olds who were adopted from care or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order or Residence Order. Parents and guardians will need to provide relevant information to the education provider who will then receive an additional 53p per hour on top of the free education that the children access. The maximum a provider can currently receive per year is £302. 

Early years pupil premium 

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Even though a child may be in an adoptive placement, whilst they are legally still in care they will have Personal Education Plan (PEP) meetings to review progress and discuss use of the Pupil Premium.  At this stage, the Pupil Premium will be administered through the Virtual School of the Local council where the child was taken into care. 

Once the adoption order comes through, the statutory PEP meetings will stop. Adoptive parents can request and agree to more informal review meetings with school staff if they feel it is appropriate. It is helpful if these meetings are documented.

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Many issues and concerns will be addressed and appropriate support put in place following discussions with the school SENCO and Designated teacher. Further information is available below regarding the Wiltshire Local Offer.

Wiltshire Local Offer 

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If you require further information or advice please email: PLAC@wiltshire.gov.uk

Please note: In all cases where a specific child is being discussed with school staff or other professionals (by name or otherwise) a Permission to Share Information Form will need to be completed by parents/guardians.

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Last updated: 4 September 2018 | Last reviewed: 4 September 2018