All schools must have a designated teacher, who is ideally a member of the senior leadership team. The designated teacher is responsible for championing the educational needs of looked after children in their school and ensuring they have good quality PEPs. They should be the main author and champion of the PEP within the school context.
The most important aspects of a designated teacher is that they have high expectations of looked after children and the time to understand their needs.
The statutory guidance relating to designated teachers provides an excellent summary of the designated teacher good practice.
Most Virtual Schools provide training and networking opportunities for Designated Teachers to help them carry out their role effectively.