Certificate in the Role of a Designated Teacher

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About The Course

Certificate in the Role of a Designated Teacher

Course Duration: 1 hour 21 minutes (approx)

The role of a designated teacher is statutory in all schools and academies. They must have appropriate training and the relevant qualifications and experience to carry out their role. Whilst designated teachers must take lead responsibility for raising attainment of looked-after and previously looked-after children, other aspects of the role can be delegated to staff who should also undertake training appropriate to carrying out their duties.

This essential CPD course provides you with the core content you need to understand your statutory roles and responsibilities as a designated teacher and how to support the needs of looked-after and previously-looked after children.

Split into bite-sized modules, the training has been designed to provide maximum learning potential in the leanest, most cost-effective and time-efficient manner. It has been produced in high-quality remote video CPD format which is accessible on any device, anytime, anywhere.

Delivered by subject matter expert, Maggie Parker, the course has been divided into four modules with a knowledge assessment at the end to help you evidence your learning.

Designed in line with the following policies

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE)
  • Designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the key responsibilities of a designated teacher, legal duties and wider statutory requirements.
  • Recognising who looked after children are, how they may present themselves and how their outcomes differ to non-looked after children.
  • Recognising the importance of raising awareness, how to support looked after children and developing a Personal Education Plan (PEP).
  • Understanding the role of the Virtual School, understanding the pupil premium and implementing effective interventions.
  • Building relationships beyond the school, working with local authorities and examples of successful practice.

Course Units


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What is the role of a designated teacher?

In module 1 you will learn about the roles and responsibilities of the designated teacher and what their statutory duties and regulatory requirements are in line with DfE and safeguarding policy.

Who are our looked after children and how well do they do?

Module 2 will explore who looked after children are and provide a contextual overview of how children may fall into care, present themselves at school and how their outcomes compare.

What is the role of the Virtual School for looked after children and care leavers?

In module 3 you will learn what the Virtual School is and how the pupil premium plus can be used to support looked after children and develop interventions to raise attainment and address wider needs.

Personal Education Plans (PEPs)

The final module will explain what PEPs are and what they must include. It will also provide some useful suggestions for the possible use of funding in different areas for schools.

Maggie Parker

About The Expert

Maggie Parker

Chair of a Multi-Academy Trust and highly experienced educator supporting schools on SEND and working closely with the DfE.
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