The management of Personal Education Plans (PEPs) – the active and evolving document that every looked-after child and young person has until they are 18 years old – can be complex, with the traditional process of compiling and managing them often time-consuming and inefficient, an issue compounded by the unprecedented challenges created during the pandemic.
Reflecting the child or young person’s own voice is key to ensuring that their wishes about their education, aspirations and future plans are recognised and acted upon. The PEP must also be written jointly with the key people in their life, including their social worker, designated teacher, carers and the virtual school.
We’ve developed an online software solution ‘PEP Online’ to help local authorities manage the statutory PEP requirement for children and young people aged 2 to 18 years. The secure, digital solution makes it possible for the team around the child, together with the child or young person themselves, to co-produce the plan from anywhere they have an internet connection via a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC. .
Improved collaboration means that professionals have appropriate, easier access to the information they need and they’re better placed to provide the most appropriate support, including promoting educational progress by putting together actionable targets which are regularly reviewed by all to support the child’s aspirations and life chances.