Personal education plans

A Personal Education Plan (PEP) brings together carers, social workers and teachers along with a child or young person in care to keep track of how well they’re doing at school.

Who needs a PEP

All children in care need a PEP from when they attend pre-school to the age of 18.  The PEP is reviewed regularly and forms part of the child’s care plan.

How a PEP works

The child’s social worker begins the process by contacting the school to organise a PEP meeting.

The meeting is attended by the social worker, designated teacher for children in care, sometimes other school staff, the carer and possibly parent, and often the child if it’s considered a good idea.

Staff from The HOPE Virtual School  attend if possible. Other professionals may be invited as appropriate.

The meetings are an opportunity for the professionals involved with the child to find out more about how the child is doing at school and how their pupil premium funding is being spent, and for teachers to hear about things happening outside school that are relevant to the child’s education. The views of the child are also important.

Meetings are held:

  • within 28 calendar days of a child first coming into care
  • within three months after the first PEP
  • then every six months

Pupil premium funding

The pupil premium is extra government funding for schools to improve the attainment of children in care and other disadvantaged children. In 2015 to 2016 the extra funding for children in care is £1,900.

Get more detailed guidance

Schools can find more detailed guidance at The HOPE’s resources for professionals.