Personal Education Plans (PEP)

A Personal Education Plan, or PEP, is part of a cared for child’s care plan. All cared for children and young people of statutory education age should have a PEP.

PEP meetings are held each term, usually in school. PEP meetings are organised jointly between the social worker and the school. It is important that the carer/parent is invited to the meeting so that their views can be taken into account. The Teacher Advisor from the Virtual School Team should also be invited and the PEP Team notified of the date. Young people can also attend, but they are given the opportunity to have their say on what is important to them before the meeting, if they are unable to attend.

The PEP should be an evolving document which outlines what is currently happening for a child educationally and a plan for what should be happening to enable the child to make at least expected progress in education and fulfil their potential.

For a child with special educational needs (SEND), where there is an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), the PEP should complement, but not duplicate the child’s EHCP.

The PEP is the shared responsibility of several partners and we have outlined in the guidance below what the responsibility of each party is within the PEP process.

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This page was last updated on 31 October 2023

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