Each Advisory Teacher has responsibility for supporting the education of looked after children in a specific Key Stage.
Advisory Teachers track and monitor the progress of looked after children within their Key Stage. Support from the Virtual School is identified and initiated to raise the children's attainment according to an assessment of needs.
Part of the role of Advisory Teachers is to quality assure all Personal Education Plans, as well as provide advice and support for transition planning when required.
They also provide training for designated teachers, schools, social workers, and foster carers, and act as advocates by positively challenging the practice of schools when necessary.
Ensure that looked after children have a clear understanding of how they can attain their aspirations, by supporting students with ensuring they are receiving impartial careers information, advice and guidance.
To oversee post 16 destinations for looked after children/care leavers. Providing information, advice, guidance and signposting to specialist agencies about a range of issues; such as careers, education, employment and training.
To develop and oversee the implementation of the Post 16 PEPs.
The Lead Mentor manages the mentoring programme; recruiting and training the mentors and matching them to young people who have been referred.
The LAC Mentoring Programme provides looked after children, aged 10 - 21 years, with an individual mentor. The young people are able to talk to their mentors in complete confidence, about any subject, although they are always informed that this confidentiality does not extend to issues of child protection.
The mentors are all volunteers, some of whom are released from their employment to enable mentoring to take place. They receive training before the mentoring starts, and are expected to make a commitment to support the relationship over a substantial period.
To devise and deliver programmes of educational and cultural experience for LAC outside of the school setting.
To promote the progress and raise the aspirations of Looked After Children via their engagement in school and educational experiences outside their school setting.
To work on behalf of the Virtual School to facilitate opportunities to enrich the learning experiences of Looked After Children.
To promote and raise awareness of cultural experiences for Looked After Children.
From September 2018, schools have had a duty to ensure the wellbeing of those children on roll who are classed as PLAC as well as LAC.
We have a dedicated adviser whose role it is to offer support and guidance to professionals, schools and parents/carers with a child or children who are PLAC
To work creatively with parents, carers, and schools within Coventry to help overcome any barriers to successful learning, acting as an advocate by positively challenging the practice of schools when necessary.
To support schools with registering for additional pupil premium funding to benefit any previously looked after children on the school roll.
In conjunction with the Virtual School Team, promoting opportunities to broaden and enrich the learning opportunities of previously looked after children.