School governors at educational placements have a duty and responsibility to ensure their school makes the education of looked after children a high priority. They are also required under the Children and Young Persons Act 2008 to appoint a designated teacher to promote the educational achievement of looked after children in their school. In addition, governors should:

  • ensure that the designated teacher undertakes appropriate training
  • as a minimum, receive an annual report from the designated teacher
  • act together with the school leadership team on any issues raised in the report
  • ensure that resources (including Pupil Premium Plus) are allocated to match the priorities of children in care
  • monitor the number of looked after children in their school and how they are performing compared with their peers
  • make sure the school has considered including raising the attainment of children in care in its improvement plan. 

The governing body should also ensure that:

  • children in care are at the top of the admissions over-subscription criteria
  • the school has an overview of the educational needs and progress of looked after children
  • school policies have been reviewed from the point of view of children in care
  • there is a clear professional development policy for all staff in contact with these and other vulnerable children
  • the school has safeguards in place for sharing sensitive information about looked after children with relevant staff members
  • there are procedures for liaising with carers, residential children’s homes and social services so the school can access relevant information about a child’s care history
  • they know how the child’s achievements are effectively communicated to the carer
  • procedures are in place for all looked after children to have up-to-date PEPs. 

For more information on training opportunities for school governors, please call or email us. 

Further information

Statutory Guidance for Looked After and Previously Looked After Children – Chapter2 (DfE, Feb 2018)