The Personal Education Plan (PEP) is the statutory requirement that ensures everyone involved in the care of a looked after child from pre-school to age 18 actively prioritises their education, carefully tracking their progress and supporting them to achieve well and to be aspirational.
All children and young people in care have a statutory Care Plan, which is drawn up and reviewed by the local authority that looks after them. The Personal Education Plan is a legal part of that plan. The key people who should be involved in every PEP meeting are: the young person, their social worker, carer, and designated teacher or named lead for looked after children at their education or training setting, nursery, school, college or provider.
For statutory guidance on PEP and looked after children, click here.
Joint training for designated teachers and social workers
The Aspire Virtual School provides joint training for designated teachers and social workers and, due to Covid-19, this training is now virtual. There are two types:
Initial training: To understand how to navigate ePEP, every social worker and designated teacher must attend an ePEP training session delivered by Aspire. These sessions are scheduled on the last Thursday of every month. Social workers can book a session via Barking and Dagenham’s internal training booking system iLearn. Designated teachers can book by emailing email@example.com and they then will be sent a training invite.
Refresher training: After attending the initial training, designated teachers and social workers can refresh their knowledge by watching a training video. The video is password-protected and only available to designated teachers and social workers working with the virtual school. To obtain the password, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ePEP support and updates
At Aspire, we use ePEP Online for all our PEPs. If you need further information on this platform, call the ePEP helpline on 0333 7720944 or refer to the user guide.
For the new Covid-19 summer-term designated teachers’ PEP page and ePEP updates, click on the links below: