Looked After Children

HOW WILL A CHILD IN CARE BE SUPPORTED?

All children in care will have a termly Personal Education Plan (PEP) meeting in their current school, which is supported by significant additional funding to support both the academic and pastoral needs of the child.  The Personal Education Plan will be written in consultation with the child, local authority and other professionals.   If a child’s status is due to change because they are going to be adopted, up to the point the order is written, they are still considered a looked after child and parental responsibility is shared between the Caring Authority and the pre-adoptive parents.  Once the order is made the child ceases to be a looked after child. 

HOW WILL THE SCHOOL SUPPORT ADOPTED CHILDREN?

Once a child is adopted there is no requirement to hold termly Personal Education Plan meetings, however the needs of the child will be much the same and therefore it is good practice that these continue.  Equally, once a child is adopted the school cannot access the significant funding available for looked after children.  However, an adopted child is eligible to receive the Pupil Premium (currently £935 per child), but only at the express permission of adoptive parents.  Therefore, if you have adopted a child in order for the school to claim the Pupil Premium for your child, we need your permission.  In addition for the school to make this claim we have to see documentary proof of adoption from local authority care to be able to amend our school census and make this claim on your behalf. 

If you would like further information on how Pupil Premium is spent click here

For further information relating to this provision at Esher Church of England High School, please contact Mr D O'Driscoll, Assistant Headteacher (dodriscoll@esherhigh.surrey.sch.uk).