Key features of the guidance issued by the Department for Education and Skills include a requirement for all looked after children to have a personal education plan setting out their needs, achievements and aspirations.
The Minister continued: In November 2011 I issued joint guidance with the Health Minister, Edwin Poots on the introduction of a standardised regional Personal Education Plan (PEP) for each looked after child.
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It made 16 recommendations to the authority, which included improving performance management and working with partner agencies, and more detailed care and personal education plans for young people in care.
They must ensure that the educational needs of children are considered when they are placed, that their educational records are transferred quickly and that they have high-quality personal education plans, a spokeswoman said.
This provision will enhance the learning experience of children and young people in accordance with their Personal Education Plans (PEPs) or Statement of Special Educational Need ensuring they are supported to achieve their fullest potential.