There are many reasons why children become looked after by the LA. In some cases it will be as a result of family breakdown, in others because of neglect and abuse. These often traumatic experiences – together with being separated from friends, family and adapting to changing neighbourhoods – can make it much harder to learn. Although some do manage to overcome their disadvantages, most don’t and therefore they underachieve. As a school governor you can make a real difference in helping your school provide the best possible education for all its pupils whatever their background. The Children’s Act 2004 places a duty on LAs (as corporate parents) to promote the educational achievement of looked after children. LAs and social care staff can’t do this alone and will need the cooperation of others.
Schools in particular are central to providing looked after children with the experiences that will in turn unlock a brighter future. The task for school governors is to ensure their schools are responding to looked after children’s needs, to their personal education plans and that their school has a trained, designated, teacher as per statutory guidance.
Presenter: Andy Feeley, Executive Head Teacher of the Orchards Federation and Member of the LAC Virtual School Executive Board
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