My Name is Miss Place and I am the SENDCo and Designated Teacher for Looked after Children at The Levett School.
All maintained schools, academies and free schools are required to appoint a designated teacher to champion the educational attainment of children in care and previously children in care, and act as a source of information and advice about their needs.
As of 2014, all local authorities are required to appoint a member of staff to promote the educational achievement of the children it looks after as if they were in a single school. They work strategically across the authority and with schools to monitor and support the educational achievement of children in care.
Most local authorities have a virtual school model to support the VSH’s role. The virtual school is a very important partner for the designated teacher and provides an invaluable source of support and advice to designated teachers both about individual children and the education of children in care more generally.