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PEP Guidance -
Social Workers

Find out some key pointers about completing a Personal Education Plan (PEP)

Completing a PEP

What is a PEP?

The Personal Education Plan (PEP) is the statutory tool to ensure that everyone is actively prioritising the education of the child or young person, carefully tracking their progress and supporting them to achieve well and to be aspirational.

All children in care must have a Personal Education Plan which forms part of their overall care plan. The first PEP must be completed within 10 days of a child coming into care, even if they do not have a school place, and after that they should take place termly.

We use Welfare Call for our PEPs. When a child becomes looked after, you will be allocated a login so you can complete your parts. If you lose your login, please just contact Welfare Call. On Welfare Call there are three different PEPs - one for early years, one for statutory age children and one for Post 16. 

The Role of the Social Worker

The social worker arranges a date with the education provider and anybody else who needs to be invited. The social worker should inform the Virtual School of the date and time and any one else who needs to attend. The date is recorded on the young person’s PEP. If it is a review meeting, this can be done at the previous meeting. The meeting can be in person or over TEAMS. Please encourage the young person to attend the PEP meeting.

Top Tips

  • The social worker MUST attend the PEP meeting - it cannot go ahead without the social worker being there. 

  • Pupil voice should be completed before the meeting.

  • The About Me section needs to be checked and signed off by the social worker. The PEP cannot be completed without this being done.

  • If  the young person is not in an educational setting, the social worker/PA  needs to complete this with them before or during the meeting

  • During the meeting the Designated Teacher should complete the meeting notes, including the social worker and carer's views

  • Everyone should contribute to setting targets for the young person and thinking what strategies may support them

  • Please remember for statutory age children, the Virtual School holds Pupil Premium Plus funding. Please support schools to think imaginatively about what might support the child's educational achievement

Here is a link to the Social Worker's guide for the completion of PEP meetings for statutory young people

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