Designated teachers have a key role in ensuring there is a central point of initial contact within the school who can manage how the school engages with others (for example, social workers and virtual school heads), works in a joined-up way and minimises any disruption to the child's education.

Their responsibilities include:

  • taking lead responsibility for helping school staff
  • understanding the things that affect how looked after children learn and achieve
  • promoting a culture of high expectations and aspirations for how looked after children learn
  • ensuring the young person has a voice in setting learning targets
  • acting as a source of advice for staff about differentiated teaching strategies that are appropriate for individual children and in making full use of Assessment for Learning
  • making sure that looked after children are prioritised in one-to-one tuition arrangements and that carers understand the importance of supporting learning at home
  • taking lead responsibility for the development and implementation of the child’s personal education plan (PEP) within the school.

Further information

Statutory Guidance for Designated Teachers

Improving the Attainment of LAC in Primary Schools: Guidance for Schools

Improving the Attainment of LAC in Secondary Schools: Guidance for Schools