February 2018 – Welcome aboard Birmingham!

As you can probably tell, Welfare Call are over the moon to announce that Birmingham’s Virtual School have chosen Welfare Call to support them in the collection of school attendance for their looked after children. Birmingham have the biggest cohort of children in care in the UK, and after a formal tender process, Welfare Call have been commissioned to initially monitor their out of area children as well as those on an Alternative Provision for the next 3 years.
Following a number of other tender submissions, Welfare Call can also now declare that we’ve retained East Riding for attendance, Norfolk for both attendance and ePEP and we welcome another authority on board for our ePEP service – Doncaster. Our ePEP now stands at 37 authorities using the service!
Given the feedback we received from our Annual Forum back in November, Welfare Call are now offering training workshops up and down the country to showcase how to get the very best use out of our extranet and reports. A big thank you must also go to the first couple of authorities who have offered to host these workshops on Welfare Call’s behalf.
The first workshop is in Hertfordshire on 27th March. However this workshop is already full! The second workshop will be held in Sheffield on the 18th May and we still have a handful of spaces available, so you’ll need to be quick. Welfare Call’s workshops are free of charge, so if you’d like more information please contact Kay Reynolds on 01226 716333 / kreynolds@welfarecall.com
Once the two workshops have been held, we’ll look forward to arranging a couple more in different locations to suit authority demand.
Welfare Call are embarking on developing an electronic EHCP for a handful of authorities which we’re really excited about. We have the ability to bespoke the plan specifically to your authorities needs, so if this of interest, please feel free to get in touch.

  • “The introduction of the electronic personal education plans (EPEPs) system is improving information-sharing, with an increased oversight from the virtual school, although the impact on improving the quality of PEPs is not yet evident. Inspectors found that the pupil premium grant was used well to support after-school activities, including access to a nurture group, extra mathematics and English tuition, and the provision mentors.”

    Haringey – Children’s Services Inspection October 2018 (commenced with ePEP April 2018)
  • “The strong emphasis on ensuring that PEPs are of good quality and completed in a timely way is contributing well to children’s progress.”

    Enfield Children’s Services Inspection March 2019
  • “Education is actively promoted for children in care and the virtual school is increasingly effective in ensuring that children make good progress and reach their potential. The quality and timeliness of personal education plans have improved significantly. Children benefit from regular reviews of their progress.”

    London Borough of Waltham Forest – Children’s Services Inspection – Jan 2019
  • “Personal education plans are timely, set clear targets and are written in the first person. They effectively capture the voice of the child.”

    Manchester Children’s Services Focused visit – 17/09/2018
  • “The majority of personal education placed include a clear picture of the child’s progress, emotional and well-being and behaviour.”

    London Borough of Tower Hamlets Ofsted Inspection (published 07/04/2017)
  • “The quality of personal education plans is much improved.”

    Darlington Borough Council Ofsted Inspection (published 21/05/2018)
  • “The large majority of children and young people have an up-to-date, good quality personal education plan.”

    London Borough of Lambeth Ofsted Inspection (published 09/05/2018)
  • “Personal education plans are good and are regularly reviewed. They provide a vivid picture of individual children’s progress, including their social and emotional well-being, academic abilities and attitude to learning. The plans show how the pupil premium is being used to improve progress. When children are not making expected levels of progress, LACE staff identify and agree support strategies with the school, foster parents and carers to promote improvement.”

    North Lincolnshire Council Ofsted Inspection (published 25/09/17)
  • “Education planning for children looked after has historically been poor. However, teachers and the local authority are now taking full ownership of a recently introduced electronic system, and the quality of personal education plans is improving.”

    Barnet Council Ofsted Inspection (published 07/07/2017)
  • “The large majority of personal education plans (PEPs) are now of good quality. Managers have successfully introduced e-PEPs for all children looked after up to the age of 16. Appropriate training is provided for social workers and designated teachers, which is improving the quality of plans and the impact of PEP meetings.”

    Bedford Borough Council Inspection (published 07/04/2017)