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What is a Personal Education Plan (PEP)?

All looked-after children must have a care plan, of which the PEP is an integral part. The PEP (pre-school, to age 18) should be initiated as part of the care plan.

It is an evolving record of what needs to happen for looked-after children to enable them to make at least expected progress and fulfil their potential.

The PEP should reflect the importance of a personalised approach to learning that meets the child’s identified educational needs, raises aspirations and builds life chances.

The school, other professionals and the child’s carers should use the PEP to support achieving those things.

The quality of the PEP is the joint responsibility of the local authority that looks after the child and the school. Social workers, carers, VSHs, designated teachers and, as appropriate, other relevant professionals will need to work closely together to ensure every pep meets the quality assurance criteria.

All of those involved in the PEP process should ensure the child is involved (according to understanding and ability) and where appropriate, the child's parent and/or relevant family member are also actively involved in the whole pep process.

Refer to the PEP section of the statutory guidance for more information.

In Birmingham we use ePEP Online to record all the information needed for a PEP. ePEP online is a web based portal which provides the Virtual School, teachers, social workers and other named professionals access to the child's current and past PEPs.

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