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Looked After Children Education Support (LACES) Team


We promote and support the education of looked after children and young people to raise academic achievement and remove barriers to learning.

We work closely with the child, school, parents/carers and social workers to ensure that all looked after children have access to educational opportunities, advice, guidance and further support to maximise their potential.

We prioritise support for children and young people of statutory school age in particular:

  • looked after children and young people in County Durham
  • children and young people who have recently been adopted
  • children and young people who attend schools in County Durham but are placed from a different council

What do we do?

Our LACES team is made up of a multi-disciplinary team of teachers, education key workers and education support workers to:

  • Complete and review the Personal Education Plan (PEP) for looked after children and young people in conjunction with the child, schools, social workers, parents/carers
  • Analyse each PEP and associated educational data to identify children and young people that are in need of additional support to fulfil their potential
  • Identify how the pupil premium will be allocated and used for the benefit of each looked after child
  • Monitor the educational progress of looked after children and young people to make sure they have the opportunity to fulfil their potential
  • Offer support and guidance to social workers regarding stability in educational placement to minimise school moves
  • Provide provision of direct educational support for looked after children in school or at home
  • Offer day 1-5 provision for looked after children who have been fixed term excluded from school and support to integrate back into school following the exclusion
  • Provide a range of additional educational opportunities for children and young people to raise attainment
  • Deliver training and support for designated teachers in schools, carers and colleagues on issues relating to the education of looked after children
  • Produce guidance manuals for schools, social workers and parents/carers
  • Act as an advocate for looked after children and young people to ensure their views are heard and considered
  • Ensure that looked after children and young people have their educational needs identified and met at the earliest opportunity
  • Support the transition of each looked after child at key stages of education including primary to secondary and post-16.
Contact us
SEND and Inclusion Service
03000 267 800
Our address is:
  • Broom Cottages Primary and Nursery Schoo
  • Ferryhill
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL17 8AN
01740 657 792
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