A designated teacher is usually the head teacher or other member of a school’s senior management team who is responsible for the education of any children in care in their school. This role has been a legal requirement for all maintained schools since September 2009. School can be the most constant factor in the lives of children in care which makes the designated teacher (DT) for Children in Care (CiC) an important resource for both the child and school.
The teacher has a obligation to make sure other staff in school understand issues there may be around educating children in care. They have contact with social workers and the Stoke-on-Trent Virtual Head teacher,at the Local Authority. The appointed teacher must make sure the school does everything it can to maximise educational stability for looked after children.
Designated teachers should prepare an annual report for the school governing body which details levels of progress for looked after children compared with other pupils, patterns of attendance and exclusion for looked after children compared with all pupils, as well as how their learning needs are being met by the school.
The designated teacher is also responsible for the child’s Personal Education Plan (PEP), a vital document which outlines the child’s educational history and progress. The PEP should set high expectations for a pupil’s progress, and put in place any support necessary to achieve those goals.