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Personal Education Plans (PEPs)

A Personal Education Plan (PEP) is part of the Care Plan for a looked-after child. It’s a record of how they are doing in their education, and shows how professionals are supporting the child's progress.

All children in care need to have a PEP, which must be reviewed 3 times a year, at a PEP meeting. In addition, there are time limits for organising a meeting to set up or review a PEP when a child comes into care:

  • Normally this should happen within 20 days
  • When it's an emergency care placement, the PEP meeting should be arranged within 10 days

We attend as many PEP meetings as possible, particularly with young people new to care and those who are in the Post 16 transition phase.

Learn more about the function and content of a PEP

The PEP serves as a record of the child’s education and training. It should describe what needs to happen for this child to meet their potential and reflect, but not duplicate, any existing plans such as an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

A PEP includes information about the following:

  • the child's educational progress
  • how to help the child's progress
  • school attendance
  • any support they are getting in their school or education setting

The PEP should clearly establish the teaching and learning provision necessary to ensure academic progress and meet the child’s educational needs, describing how this will be provided.

We will work together with the designated teacher to make the PEP a living and useful document.

PEP templates and resources

We carry out PEP meetings for all children in care, as soon as they start nursery.

The materials below are for practitioners, foster carers or adoptive parents. Select the educational stage to find model PEP templates and further guidance on the PEP process.