Designated teachers in Bristol schools

This page explains a little about what a designated teacher for children in care does, and has useful information for designated teachers in Bristol Schools.

What does a designated teacher for children in care do?

All schools have designated teachers. They play a key role in supporting the education of children in care.

They ensure that all children in care receive coordinated support within school and have regularly reviewed Personal Education Plans. They act as the focal point for outside agencies. Designated teachers in Bristol schools (pdf, 27k) (opens new window) is the current list of designated teachers in Bristol schools. (If you are a DT and your name does not appear on the list, please contact The HOPE on 90 36282.)

Information for designated teachers in Bristol schools

The HOPE provides training for designated teachers. You can find out about future courses by visiting the training page.

DCSF Guidance for designated teachers (pdf, 1.2 MB) (opens new window) (pdf, 1.2MB) (opens new window) provides statutory guidance on 'The role and responsibilities of the designated teacher for looked after children'.

Attachment issues are very significant for children in care. You can find out more about attachment issues, why they are relevant for schools and some strategies to consider in school in the document called Attachment issues in the Downloadable files section.

A model file for CiC has been developed with several designated teachers. It is available on the Guidance, Policies and Procedures page.

Pupil Premium

Early Years LAC Pupil Premium

The government introduced an Early Years LAC Pupil Premium from 1 April 2015. Children in care aged three and four in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) are eligible for Pupil Premium funding from the first day they come into care. Please note that four year olds in Reception are entitled to the main LAC Pupil Premium.

For the financial year 2016-17, each three and four year old child in care in the EYFS is entitled to up to £300, depending on the number of hours the child attends the setting.

For Bristol CiC in the EYFS, the funding will be passed to the Early Years Team in the authority where the child is attending a setting. We are working in partnership with each of those teams and will ensure that they know who is eligible for the Early Years LAC Pupil Premium.

Carers will want to ask the setting when you attend the PEP meeting how the Pupil Premium funding has been spent for your foster child in care and what impact it has had. Early Years Pupil Premium will be given to mainstream settings, private, voluntary and independent (PVI) or special settings which Bristol looked after children mainly attend, both in Bristol and in other local authorities.

Early Years Pupil Premium money for CiC should be spent on those children in line with needs identified at the PEP.

The Department for Education has information on the Early years Pupil Premium.

LAC Pupil Premium for Year R to Year 11 pupils

From 1 April 2014, children and young people from Year R to Year 11 have been eligible for Pupil Premium funding from the first day they come into care. For the financial year 2016-17 each eligible young person is entitled to £1900.

We are giving out the funding to schools in three payments across the year. This is because our children sometimes move schools.

You can ask the school how LAC Pupil Premium money has been spent when you go to the PEP meeting. Bristol has given Pupil Premium money to mainstream schools, academies or special schools which Bristol looked after children mainly attend, both in Bristol and in other local authorities.

The virtual head teacher is responsible for allocating Pupil Premium money to schools. You can read Bristol's Pupil Premium policy on the Guidance, policies and procedures page.

Pupil Premium Plus for children adopted from care, or who leave care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order (the last is now called a Child Arrangements Order) will be paid directly to schools.

From April 2014, maintained schools, non-maintained special schools and general hospital schools will attract the Pupil Premium for children:

  • who left care under a Residential Order (now called a Child Arrangements Order) on or after 14 October 1991 (under the Children Act 1989);
  • who left care under a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005 (under the Children Act 1989);
  • who were adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005 (under the Adoption and Children Act 2002)*;
  • who are in Reception to Year 11;
  • where the parent self-declares their child’s status to the school, providing supporting evidence (e.g. an Adoption Order); and
  • where the school records on the January School Census that it has a child on roll who meets the above criteria.

*In July 2014, the government announced that it would extend Pupil Premium funding to all children adopted from care and not just those adopted from care after 30 December 2005.

Schools receive funding for pupils recorded as adopted or post-LAC based on the January School Census in the following financial year. For example, pupils recorded as adopted or post-LAC on the January 2015 School Census qualified for premium funding from April 2015 to March 2016 (i.e. 2015-16 financial year).

Individual schools are responsible for the educational outcomes of children adopted from care/post-LAC on roll and therefore are best placed to decide how to use the Pupil Premium to support these pupils. Schools may wish to discuss the measures they are putting in place with the parents and guardians of the pupils concerned.

For 2014, parents and guardians needed to self-declare to the school their child was on roll at before 16 January to ensure that the school recorded them on the January 2014 Census. Schools will not necessarily be aware that they have adopted children and post-LAC on roll and so parents/guardians are encouraged to come forward, rather than relying on the school to approach them. Parents and guardians will be required to provide evidence to the school, such as their adoption order. 

In 2014 the DfE also said that parents and guardians would need to self-declare again if their child moves school. Parents and guardians will need to ensure that they self-declare to the new school before the next January School Census to ensure that the school can attract the Pupil Premium funding to which it is entitled.

You can find further information about the Pupil Premium on the Department for Education (DfE) web pages.