The Personal Education Plan
The Personal Education Plan (PEP) is central to improving educational outcomes for children in care. It is how the views of the school, parent/carer, other relevant professionals, and the child or young person are gathered. It considers what is going well and what is going less well, identifies the needs the plan should try to meet and how they will be met through the use of supported SMART targets.
When a child comes into care the social worker must initiate a Personal Education Plan (PEP) and should continue to lead the plan to ensure that it is an effective element of the care plan. In Suffolk the PEP is divided into two parts: the PEP document and the PEP meeting. There are clear lines of accountability and responsibility for each part. More information can be found here.
The online PEP document for children in years R to 11
An online PEP is now required for all statutory school age pupils in the care of Suffolk County Council. The PEP will need to be completed via an online portal accessed at: www.clatracker.net.
Read guidance on completing the online Suffolk Personal Education Plan (PDF, 400KB).
View a model PEP review cycle for writing reviewing and quality assuring a PEP.
The Statutory Guidance provides more detail about what makes a high quality PEP.
Examples of PEPs that have been completed on CLA Tracker:
- Primary Exemplar PEP1 - KS1
- Primary Exemplar PEP1 - KS2
- Secondary Exemplar PEP1 - KS3
- Secondary Exemplar PEP1 - KS4
- Post-16 Exemplar PEP1 - KS5 - A (September 2017)
- Post-16 Exemplar PEP1 - KS5 - B (September 2017)
PEP document templates for Early Years and Post-16 children and young people
The templates schools should use for the Personal Education Planning of early years and post 16 children and young people in the care of Suffolk County Council:
- Early Years PEP (April 2016
- Post-16 PEP (June 2016)
- Post-16 Pathway to EET Plan (April 2016). This document is to be completed for 16-17 year olds who are currently not in learning: NEET (not in education, employment or training).
The Pupil Premium Grant for Children in Care
The Conditions of Grant for the Pupil Premium Grant for children in care have changed from April 2014 and the grant must now be managed by the local authority’s Virtual School Head who will require from schools satisfactory information on current attainment and progress along with plans for appropriate interventions and assessment before passing the grant on.
Note also that, from April 2014, Pupil Premium was extended to some children who have previously been in care, such as adopted children. The additional funding arising from this is provided directly to schools and is not related to the processes outlined here, which is specifically about children in care.
The Pupil Premium Grant for children in care is currently £1,900 per child in care per year and is managed by the Virtual School Head to improve the attainment and progress of children in the care of Suffolk.
Read the Conditions of Grant.
Children in care in national curriculum years R – 11 are eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) for children in care. The Suffolk Virtual School Head manages the PPG for children in the care of Suffolk County Council. The PPG for children in the care of other local authorities is managed by the Virtual School Head in those authorities. Please contact the relevant Virtual School for details of their process.
The £1,900 Pupil Premium Grant for children who have been adopted from care, or moved from care to a special guardianship order or residence/child care arrangements order is not managed by the Virtual School Head, but comes directly to the schools.
Read more details about the Pupil Premium Grant for Suffolk’s children in care, 2017-18 (PDF, 211KB).
Amount for 2017-18
The full amount is £1,900 per child in care. In Suffolk £1,698 is paid to schools in three termly allocations of £566. The remaining £202 is managed directly by the Suffolk Virtual School Head to support children with greater levels of need or where interventions can be obtained more cost-effectively by commissioning in bulk.
How are payments made?
The Suffolk Virtual School Head writes to relevant head teachers and designated teachers at the beginning of each term and reminds them to complete the online PEP before the end of term deadline as this is a requirement for the following term's PPG payment.
View the guidance for finance officers for the 2017-18 funding (PDF, 205KB).
Please note that all Autumn Term 2017 PEPs must be completed and submitted on CLA tracker by Tuesday 19th December 2017.
There are many best practice reports available including How Schools are spending the funding and Evaluation of Pupil Premium Research Report July 2013.
The Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit is also very useful in helping to identify strategies that are most effective and has been used to identify the preferred interventions found in the Suffolk PEP.
Early Years Pupil Premium
Eligibility for the Early Years Pupil Premium is different for early years settings than for schools and is paid at a different rate. Read details from the Early years pupil premium: guide for local authorities.
See how Suffolk County Council implements the Early Years Pupil Premium for children in care (PDF, 185KB).
Other school funding to support children in care
Suffolk’s maintained primary and secondary schools receive funds in respect of children in care from the Dedicated Schools Grant. Academies and free schools also receive the equivalent through the Education Funding Agency. Pupil Referral Units and Special Schools do not receive this funding; they are funded based on High Needs Place Funding and High Needs Top Up.
The pupil data used for the allocation of this funding is now provided to the Local Authority directly from the Department for Education so schools must ensure that the legal status of children in care is accurately recording in the MIS before the Spring school census. Funding is based on children in the care of any authority at 31 March, on roll at Suffolk maintained primary or secondary school for the Spring school census, and in national curriculum years R – 11.
Amount for 2017-18
Full year £925 and fixed for that year irrespective of changes of school during the year.
How are payments made?
As part of the normal payment process for both the DSG (maintained schools) and from the EFA (academies and free schools).
Schools Block Funding is the source of central government funding provided to run all schools maintained by local authorities (through the DSG) and academies and free schools (through the EFA).
The arrangements described above are made through the Suffolk Schools’ Forum. They apply only to schools maintained by Suffolk County Council and to Suffolk academies and free schools.