Looked After Children

ERW is committed to improving the achievement and attainment of this very vulnerable group of learners and has a strategic plan which is funded by the LAC element of the Pupil Development Grant (LAC/PDG). Each local authority has a LACE Coordinator (Looked After Children Education) and they are responsible for making sure that they support schools to meet the needs of these learners. Every school is required to have a named Designated Teacher and Governor for Looked After Children.

ERW recognises that very often these children will not have had the opportunity to develop a secure attachment to their main caregiver and the difficulties that many of these children face in schools often stem from their early traumatic experiences. The first step toward making school a more positive place for these learners lies in training the adults who work with them so that they can better understand and respond to their needs. ERW has been providing training for schools since September 2015 on ‘Attachment and Trauma Informed Practice’. ERW also funds training for schools on a range of relationship-based interventions and some of these can be used by parents and carers in home settings. For information on training opportunities please contact the Support for Learners Coordinator, Cressy Morgan (cressy.morgan@erw.org.uk).

List of LACE coordinators: