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Personal education plans (PEPs)

Personal education plans

The personal education plan, or PEP, forms part of the wider care plan and is a statutory document for all of our children.  In Staffordshire, we use ePEP to record PEP documents. The PEP should promote aspirational achievement in education with our child’s needs at the centre of this.  All those involved in promoting the educational success of our child should attend the PEP meeting including the child themselves.

The PEP document will play a role in tracking and monitoring the child’s progress as they move through education.  Each term, aspirational targets will be set with the aim of supporting our children to achieve in education.  PEPs should be completed at least termly but may need to be completed more frequently. 

For our children who have recently come into the care of the local authority, a PEP meeting should be completed within 20 days. It is the social worker’s responsibility to arrange the PEP meeting. 

PP Plus Policy 2023 PDF (335 KB)

 Pupil Premium Plus (PP+) 

In Staffordshire, The Virtual School manage the allocation of PP+ for children in our care of statutory school age. It is allocated to schools to support our child’s pep targets.  

This PP+ funding should be ringfenced within schools for the benefit of our children. 

PP+ is currently allocated at up to £500 per term for each of our statutory school age children. 

PP+ is used to support our child’s academic journey and it should focus on improving attainment and progress. This may also include supporting any barriers to learning, eg through SEMH support. It could be used to support wider learning opportunities through accredited courses. It should be used in addition to the normal support and interventions a school would put in place for any child. 

PP+ guidance (179 KB)

The use of PP+ should be aspirational and encourage and support our child to surpass their academic targets. 

PP+ targets are agreed with joint discussion at the termly pep meeting. Our child’s voice should be central to this. PP+ targets are added onto our child’s SMART targets page on their pep.

SMART target examples (41KB)

In some individual cases, there may be a need for greater individual funding to support our child. Discussion can be had with your district coordinator.

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