From 1 September 2009 the governing bodies of all maintained schools are required under the Children and Young Persons Act 2008 (the 2008 Act) to appoint a designated teacher to promote the educational achievement of looked after children on the school roll.
Many looked after children have suffered disrupted learning and may have missed extended periods of school. The gaps in their learning – and in many cases the emotional impact of their experiences – are likely to have become significant barriers to their progress. The complexity of this fragmented educational experience needs careful assessment and planning. Excellent practice in supporting looked after children already exists in many schools. Making the designated teacher role statutory is intended to help ensure that effective practice becomes universal.