Virtual School - The Designated Teacher Role

All education settings must have a Designated Teacher for CLA, this is a statutory requirement.

Designated Teachers should:

  • advocate for CLA in all aspects of school life  
  • Model strong inclusive practice
  • ensure high expectations for all Children Looked After
  • have sufficient authority in school to influence policy and practice for Children Looked After
  • manage the Personal Education Plans for each Child Looked After
  • ensure that staff in school have relevant information on Children who are Looked After
  • liaise with other agencies and individuals
  • Be a source of advice and support for staff on meeting the needs of CLA.
  • Report annually to the school governing body on the outcomes of CLA and Previously CLA.

Statutory guidance for supporting CLA and Previously CLA: 

Designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children

Promoting the education of looked-after and previously looked-after children

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