Schools should work closely with parents and guardians in order to support those young people who have previously been in care. Designated Teachers should make themselves known to parents and guardians in order to give them a forum to discuss any issues that are effecting their child’s education.

VS Guidance Document – Previously Looked After Children



Although it is not statutory like the Personal Education Plan is for Children looked After, Somerset Virtual School offers a pro forma to support an education planning meeting for Previously Looked After Children, the EPPLAC.

The EPPLAC (Education Plan for Previously Looked After Children)is a tool to support schools and parents in ensuring and promoting the education and well-being of Previously Looked After Children. The Virtual School recommends that the EPPLAC is used at a point of transition, a move to a new class or school, or at a time of difficulty. As with a PEP it will need to be reviewed termly; however it is acceptable to review less frequently if all parties are in agreement

EPPLAC October 2019

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Pupil Premium & PLAC

Children adopted from care and those on Special Guardianship Orders and Child Arrangement Orders are entitled to Pupil Premium funding  passed directly to the school following the school’s submission of its annual census document which declares adopted children where parents choose to share this information.  This grant, its allocation and use in schools is outside the remit of the Virtual School. 

Adoption and SGO PP

Useful Documents

Meeting the Needs of Adopted and Permanently Placed Children A Guide for School Staff