Designated Teachers for Children in Care

Designated Teachers for Children in Care

Many looked after children have suffered disrupted learning and may have missed extended periods of school. The gaps in their learning – and in many cases the emotional impact of their experiences – are likely to have become significant barriers to their progress. The complexity of this fragmented educational experience needs careful assessment and planning. Excellent practice in supporting looked after children already exists in many schools, but in making the designated teacher role statutory in all government funded schools, the DfE's intention is to help ensure effective practice becomes universal.  The Virtual School has a role in ensuring all designated teachers within Surrey are adequately trained and supported.

Statutory guidance clearly sets out expectations on governing bodies, school leadership teams and those appointed as designated teachers for children in care.  These regulations prescribe the qualifications and experience required of the designated teacher in school who must be:

    • A qualified teacher
    • A headteacher or,
    • Acting headteacher