Jane Johnson – Manchester Virtual School

“The Manchester Virtual School team has been working in partnership with Welfare Call LAC LTD since 2003 to monitor the attendance and attainment of Manchester Looked After Children (LAC). In 2014, following a full tendering exercise, Manchester commissioned the services of Welfare Call to develop and deliver an electronic PEP system for all Manchester LAC. Welfare Call have worked closely and very flexibly with us to develop this tool to ensure it met all our requirements. They have fully supported us with the ePEP implementation for all of our children who are currently placed across 39 different local authorities. They provide highly professional and helpful telephone advice and support to all of the ePEP users. The introduction of the ePEP has resulted in

• A massive improvement in the quality of communication between social workers, schools carers and the Virtual School.
• A very significant improvement in our PEP completion rates especially for children outside Manchester.
• An immense improvement in the quality of PEPs and the extent to which the child’s needs, strengths and views are evident within their plan.

We have found the ePEP to be a very effective tool for monitoring and tracking the use and impact of pupil premium for every child.

The Manchester Virtual School views its partnership with Welfare Call LAC Ltd to be invaluable in improving the educational experience and outcomes of all Manchester Looked After Children and Young People.”

  • “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)