Governors' responsibilities for Cared for Children
The Virtual School 'opened' in September 2010 and takes the lead in ensuring the Council meets it's statutory duty to ensure that the educational outcomes for all Cared for Children are the best they can be. Information on the role of the Virtual School can be found here.
As part of the arrangements for monitoring the progress and achievement of vulnerable groups of learners, including Cared for Children, governing boards should receive regular reports including an annual report from the Designated Teacher, that should cover;
- any workload issues arising as a result of the number of cared for children on roll at the school and the number of Local Authorities which are involved;
- levels of progress made by cared for children who are currently or have been on roll within the past twelve months in relation to all children in the school (ie educational, social and emotional progress);
- whether the pattern of attendance and exclusions for cared for children is different to that of all children;
- any process or planning issues arising from personal education plans (PEPs);
- whether any are identified as gifted and talented and how those needs are being met;
- whether any have special educational needs (SEN) and whether those needs are being me through statements or School Action or School Action Plus;
- how the teaching and learning needs of cared for children are reflected in school development plans and are being met in relation to interventions and resources;
- training provided for the designated teacher in order to impart knowledge and understanding about the education and well-being of cared for children to colleagues;
- work with virtual school heads or their equivalents in Local Authorities;
- the impact of any of the school’s policies, for example on charging for educational visits and extended school activities, on cared for children.
To protect a child’s need for confidentiality, it is important to ensure that the report does not mention individual children by name.
The full statutory guidance can be downloaded here. This was first published in 2009 but is still current.