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Birmingham Virtual School for Looked After Children & LACES
This page is known as: www.birmingham.gov.uk/laces
The Looked After Children Education Service (LACES) in Birmingham comprises teams of teachers, learning mentors, instructors and professional support staff who work in partnership to ensure that Looked After Children (LAC) can fulfil their educational potential.
The service includes outreach teams offering peripatetic support & intervention and a split-site Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) providing onsite education options for LAC.
LACES is part of Birmingham’s Virtual School for LAC which:
“oversees the education of children in care in the authority, and those children in the authority's care who are placed out of the authority, as if they were in a single school”.
Pupil Premium for Looked after Children
From April 2014 Looked after Children will be eligible for the ‘pupil premium plus’, to reflect the unique challenges they face within education. The Pupil Premium plus is intended to raise their attainment and close the gap with their peers. Schools will be held accountable for their use of the additional funding to support Looked after Children and the impact this has on their educational attainment. School performance tables now include a Closing the Gap measure showing how disadvantaged children perform in relation to their peers and the national average.
Pupil Premium Guidance notes 2014/15 are available below:
Inspectors will pay close attention to how schools are using the Pupil Premium both in the classroom and in terms of governance. Schools have found the Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit is helpful in identifying the most effective intervention to use to support the progress and attainment of disadvantaged pupils.
The Toolkit and the EEF DIY Evaluation Guide are useful resources for schools to access when making decisions about using the pupil Premium plus.