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.