The Role of the Designated Teacher

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This course considers the Role of the Designated Teacher and the impact on outcomes for children and young people. It explores the responsibilities of the role and gives practical advice on topics such as preparing the Personal Educational Statement. The course includes case studies and example PEPs with SMART targets. The Virtual Heads we work with have described this course as invaluable and consider it be an essential tool to train Designated Teachers.

What is the role of the Designated Teacher?

In the year ending 31 March 2015, the number of children looked after by local authorities was 69,540. Three quarters of looked after children were in foster placements.  Attainment for the looked after population is lower than national levels at all ages of assessment and the designated teacher is key in improving outcomes for Looked After children and young people.
The designated teacher plays a critical role in helping school staff understand the things which affect how looked after children learn and achieve.

Everyone involved in helping looked after children achieve in education should:

  • have high expectations of looked after children’s involvement in learning and educational progress;
  • be aware of the emotional, psychological and social effects of loss and separation from birth families
  • know the targets set and strategies to be employed.

Each Looked After Child has a Personal Education Plan (PEP) and it is the responsibility of the Designated Teacher to prepare and  keep this document up to date. The course details what should be included in a PEP and gives examples of SMART targets that could be included in a PEP and includes a example PEP for each key stage.

The course also covers the Ofsted requirements and what information needs to be provided to the school Governing Body.

About the course

Written in conjunction with:

Central Bedfordshire Virtual School

What it covers:

This course covers the following topics:

  • The key legislation
  • The main roles and responsibilities of the Designated Teacher
  • Introducing the impact of trauma of a child’s behaviour and what barriers to learning Looked After children can have
  • The PEP, including examples
  • The Pupil Premium grant
  • Interaction with other agencies including Ofsted and the school Governing body


This course has been written to meet the requirements of the statutory guidance Designated Teacher for Looked After Children and  Promoting the Educational Achievement of Looked After Children

More information on The Role of the Designated Teacher

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Learning outcomes

  • To understand the roles and responsibilities of the designated teacher
  • To understand what should be included in a Personal Educational Plan
  • To understand how the Designated Teacher can improve outcomes for Looked after children
  • To understand the impact of trauma and the barriers to learning

Course rating

This course was a great introduction to the role and made me more confident that I could meet my responsibilities. Thank you!

New Designated Teacher, Hertfordshire
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