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									Draft Policy For Children’s Homes                   Croydon LACE   Summer 2005




         Draft Policy for
        Children’s Homes

                Summer 2005
    Croydon Looked After Children’s Education Team (LACE)
                 Purley Oaks Primary School
                         Bynes Road
                          Croydon.
                          CR2 OPR.

                                    020 8686 9370




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               Draft Education Policy For Children’s Units and Homes


                                       Principles


As manager and staff of ………………………. Children’s Home, we
believe that a good education is crucial to a young person’s life chances,
and that looked after young people are often considerably disadvantaged
in this area of their lives. We will endeavour to give them as much
support in this area as possible, actively promoting good attitudes to
education, monitoring the young peoples progress in school,
encouraging and supporting them with homework and other learning
tasks.

General

Staff at the home will aim to do the following:

      Encourage children to do well in their education, and make it clear to them that
       it has a high priority.
      Take a regular interest in what is happening in the young person’s school, and
       regularly discuss any achievements or concerns, with them.
      Regularly monitor achievement and attendance.
      Have a copy of the Personal Education Plan and support the aims and
       objectives that are contained therein.
      Regularly attend parents evening or other school events as appropriate.
      Advocate for and support the young people in our care in term of their
       education.
      Set aside a quiet place for children to complete their homework.
      Have a regular time each day when completion of homework is the priority.
      Have access to computer facilities for the completion of homework.
      Hear child of Primary age read each day, and Secondary age pupils as
       appropriate.
      Make sure that planners and homework diaries are signed and checked
       regularly according to the school policy.
      Ensure that children are correctly dressed for school, according to a school’s
       policy.
      Suitable educational equipment will be provided for school and home use.

                                Staff responsibilities

                                     The Manager

Will establish an ethos and environment that encourages children to value education,
as well as expect staff to have a positive attitude to education, encouraging,
monitoring and supporting the young people in their care.

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                                The Education Link Worker


To liaise with the Education Social Inclusion Officer and other local government
officers over difficult issues, such as exclusions and admissions to school, and the
education of young people out of school.

To have a broad overview of the education of each young person within the home as
well as have responsibility for the homes educational resources, reading material and
computers.

Try and keep informed of issues in education, and advise other staff as appropriate.


The Key worker will

Encourage the natural parents to take an interest in their child’s education.

Accompany a young person to an initial visit or interview to a school.

Go to parent’s evenings and other school events as necessary.

Become acquainted with school policy and practice and ensure that this is followed
by the young person.

In consultation with the young person, social worker and parents, as necessary,
provide the school with background history to aid them with the education of the
young person. In addition, inform the school of any significant events that take place
in the young person’s life that might affect their education at school.

Ensure that the education of a young person is treated as a priority at the statutory
review, and that there is a Personal Education Plan in place.

Try to build positive relationships with school staff.

Try to be a role model and enthusiastic about learning for example books, learning,
hobbies and interests.

Have the highest possible expectations for the young person.

Ensure that the young person is properly equipped for school.


Every school is required to have a Designated Teacher, and the Croydon list is
updated annually. Each local authority has an officer who is responsible for the
education of looked after children, and their names may be found on the DFES
“Education Protects” website. The Rough Guide to Education also gives information
about the education system, and how to deal with situations that might arise.




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Relevant Guidance and Legislation relating to the education of children in
public care

Children’s Act 1989 and Guidance and Arrangements for the Placement of
Children (general) Regulations

The circular gives advice to class teachers and SSD department staff who provide
day to day education and care of children being looked after by local Authorities. It
deals with appropriate roles for schools teachers, residential social workers and
foster carers. It promotes collaboration between social services and education at all
levels.


Social Inclusion guidance for schools DFEE 1999 (circular 10/99)

Gives a great deal of advice to schools about attendance, behaviour exclusion
procedures, pupils at risk, pastoral support, disaffection, and other matters of
importance.


Guidance on the Education of Young People in Public Care (May 2000)

Guidance on education for all those who are involved in the care of young people.

Key points addressed are:

        Personal Education Plans for Looked After Young People of compulsory
         school age.
        Designated Teachers for Looked After Children in Schools.
        Improving understanding and communication between schools and social
         services.
        Improving support for young people’s education within foster homes and
         children’s Units.


Social Exclusion Report: A Better Education For Children In Care ( October
2003)

A research document that examines the issues surrounding the education of children
in the care system and strategies that can be effective in promoting the education of
this group.

The Education Act 2004 (Section 52)

The local authority has the statutory duty to promote the education of looked after
Children. Section 52 contains very similar information to the Guidance on the
Education of Children in Public Care.



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