Virtual school - Role of the Designated Teacher

Roles and responsibilities of the Designated Teacher

Effective Designated Teachers have a leadership role in promoting the educational achievement of every looked after and previously looked after child on the school’s roll. 

This involves working with the Virtual School to promote the education of these vulnerable children and promoting a supportive whole school culture. The Designated Teacher should be a central point of initial contact within the school for all queries relating to these children and young people.

Responsibilities of the Designated Teacher to Support Vulnerable Pupils

  • promote a healthy culture of high expectation - for both LAC and Post LAC pupils 
  • make sure the young person has a voice - for both LAC and Post LAC pupils
  • set SMART and aspirational targets - for both LAC and Post LAC pupils
  • prioritise children in care and Post LAC for 1:1 tuition
  • support and communicate with parents, carers and key workers - for both LAC and Post LAC pupils
  • lead on the development and implementation of the PEP
  • know how looked after pupils are progressing in terms of learning, attendance, behaviour and if they are meeting their targets - for both LAC and Post LAC pupils
  • ensure that all looked after pupils have a good quality Personal Education Plan which is updated termly
  • ensure school staff have relevant information and training on vulnerable children to enable them positively to promote education issues - for both LAC and Post LAC pupils
  • advocate for vulnerable children in school especially around fixed term exclusions, residential visits, school outings and flexibility of procedures - for both LAC and Post LAC pupils
  • attend relevant training on the needs of vulnerable children - for both LAC and Post LAC pupils
  • liaise with Virtual School team, the pupil’s social worker and the designated governor
  • celebrate achievement - for both LAC and Post LAC pupils

Contact the Hull Virtual School

By email - virtualschool@hullcc.gov.uk
Alternatively by calling - 01482 615 606