The Role of Social Workers in Allocation and Monitoring of Pupil Premium Plus for Looked After Children

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Taylor, B. 2020. The Role of Social Workers in Allocation and Monitoring of Pupil Premium Plus for Looked After Children. BECERA Conference 2020: Home Learning Cultures. Birmingham 18 Feb 2020
AuthorsTaylor, B.
TypeConference paper
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This article presents the findings from a small-scale, original, empirical study, exploring the role of social workers in the decision-making process around the allocation of pupil premium plus for looked after children. This is part of a wider doctoral study looking at the planning, use and monitoring of pupil premium plus. Qualitative data was gathered via in-depth semi-structured interviews with five social workers with experience of working with looked after children and their schools.  Participants’ well-being was a priority and so every effort was made to ensure that they were fully informed about the study, and that they were not distressed by the questions nor how they were asked. The data was analysed thematically.

In this context ‘home’ is perceived to include professionals working with and for children, and specifically social workers who in many cases will hold or share parental responsibility. The extent to which they are involved in pupil premium planning and monitoring, and what informs this is key when considering the educational support for this vulnerable group. The findings revealed that social workers are strong advocates for their young people and feel that a multi-agency approach is needed, as well as up to date information and best practice guidance.  The implications and recommendations arising from these findings are that positive, regular communication between all stakeholders is vital and that in particular social workers need to engage with the virtual schools to ensure expert input at key personal education plan meetings. 

KeywordsLooked After Children; pupil premium; social workers; attainment; progress
Year2020
ConferenceBECERA Conference 2020: Home Learning Cultures
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Completed18 Feb 2020
Deposited09 May 2022
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