School accountabilities for Children in Care (CiC)

School accountabilities

What your school is responsible for with children in care, including advice from Ofsted.

Supporting children in care is a shared responsibility, including schools, with a number of people having key roles to promote achievement.

Statutory guidance

The Department of Education's (DfE) guidance on the Designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children sets out schools’ responsibilities for the education of children in care.

Ofsted advice

Ofsted inspections look at children in care as part of their focus on vulnerable groups.

The schools' accountabilities (pdf, 37KB) (opens new window)  will help you to clarify the roles and responsibilities in your school. It'll also give you best practice from Ofsted research.

You'll find further information Ofsted advice relating to CiC (pdf, 29KB) (opens new window) .

HOPE Virtual School advice and support

We support all schools that have Bristol children in care and care leavers. We monitor Personal Education Plans and anything else that's needed to enable children in care to achieve well and attain high standards.

We will:

  • monitor and track the attendance, progress and attainment of children in care and care leavers
  • intervene on behalf of children in care and care leavers where necessary
  • ensure that all schools have appropriate information to support children in care and care leavers
  • share effective practice, for example, through training Designated Teachers
  • work with schools and other agencies to make sure measures are taken to promote positive behaviour, good attendance and reduce exclusions to improve attainment
  • work with social workers to reduce moving schools, particularly in exam years