Social workers role in Personal Education Plans

Bracknell Forest has different versions of the PEP:

  • Early Years
  • Mainstream Primary and Secondary Schools
  • Post-16

Since 2017, these have all been electronic based PEPs (ePEPs) administered by welfare call.

For young people new into care and of statutory school age an initial PEP will be completed by the Virtual School in liaison with the social worker and the school. The first full PEP meeting should then be scheduled within 20 days.

PEP meetings are usually held in school. At least one meeting is held across 3 terms where the school, the social worker and the carer including anyone else that is relevant to the child is in attendance. The remaining meetings generally happen between the Virtual School and the school. The Virtual School then liaises with the social worker.

Bracknell Forest’s Virtual School undertakes regular PEP monitoring activities which include:

  • quality assurance of all PEPs for Bracknell Forest looked after children
  • representatives of the Virtual School being present at PEP meetings

The Virtual School also regularly links in with Area Safeguarding Leads and Consultant Social Workers to provide support to units when completing the ePEP. If needed, the Virtual School will attend area team meetings and unit meetings to train social care staff to complete the ePEP.