Every child in care between 3 years and one term and 16 years must have a PEP. This is part of the care plan that is reviewed through the statutory review process by the Independent Review Officer. It is recommended that the PEP1 is completed in the first three weeks of the term as this will be an essential element of planning and assessment for children in care. In the first three weeks of term new targets following a gap analysis will need to be incorporated into the PEP1 document to enable progress to be assessed at the end of the term. Please remember that the learning objectives should be challenging and reflect targets for the whole term.Essex has a two-part approach to PEPs.
Personal Education Plan Part 1 (PEP1) is completed at any point during each term by the school on CLA Tracker www.clatracker.net. It is recommended that the PEP1 is completed in the first three weeks of the term as this will be an essential element of planning and assessment for children in care. In the first three weeks of term new targets following a gap analysis will need to be incorporated into the PEP1 document to enable progress to be assessed at the end of the term. Please remember that the learning objectives should be challenging and reflect targets for the whole term.To achieve high quality Personal Education Plans, it is important that there are short and long term learning objectives set by the school that are focused enabling the child to make the next steps in learning. The proposed spend of the Pupil Premium Plus is set within PEP1 and it should demonstrate a clear link between those interventions that will additionally be provided and an outcome of accelerated progress and raised attainment.
The Early Years PEP1 is a paper document and should be completed each term and returned to the Virtual School in the pre-paid envelope provided. To support this work a visit note template is available to download and complete.
Each term the review should include a discussion with the child or young person (if appropriate) to ensure that the learning objectives are understood along with the use of the Pupil Premium Plus. It will, however, be important that schools take the most recent PEP 1 and plan for spending to the PEP meeting to ensure that carers and social workers understand the child’s targets and the plans to support the child’s learning.
When completing the review of the previous learning objectives please include the impact of PPG funding.
Responsibility for the initiation and maintenance of the PEP 2 is with the child’s social worker. It should be reviewed at least every 6 months or when there are changes to the education setting. For example a school move or change to an alternative education provider. This usually takes the form of a meeting and should include the child or young person, carers, social worker, Designated Teacher and any other relevant professionals. The meeting should focus on the educational progress and the support required by professionals to enable the child or young person to achieve their learning objectives as set out in PEP 1.
The Essex Virtual School works with schools and other professionals to make sure all Essex children in care have an up to date Personal Education Plan (PEP) that is meaningful and of high quality. All PEP 1s are audited for quality and appropriate feedback is given to the relevant professionals.
Video Resources relating to secondary pupils PEPs
Video Resources relating to primary pupils PEPs
PEP 1 Exemplars
PEP 1 Exemplars have now been developed
Young people in years 12 and 13 have a pathway plan instead of a social care PEP (PEP2).
Zipped file containing supporting documentation on the completion of the PEP and access to CLA Tracker.