06: The Role of the Designated Teacher
The identification of a Designated Teacher for Looked After Children (often known as ‘the Designated LACT’ or ‘Des LACT’) is a statutory requirement for every school or educational setting. The Designated LACT will be responsible for promoting educational achievement and co-ordinating additional support for the LAC in their school.
It is a role with several key responsibilities:
- to provide strategic leadership across the school ensuring that all staff understand and respond positively and with sensitivity to the individual needs of Looked After Children.
- to ensure that children have opportunities to contribute to their PEP, and are responsible for supporting key partners to ensure the PEP is kept up to date, in order to inform the Looked After Child Review.
- The Designated Teacher will keep current information and records on every LAC in the school in a form that is easily understood.
The Department for Education guidance ‘The Role and Responsibilities of the Designated Teacher for Looked After Children –Statutory Guidance for School Governing Bodies’ (2009) states that the Designated Teacher should either be:
- a qualified teacher;
- a Headteacher or acting Headteacher;
- or a person who has been carrying out the role of promoting the educational achievements for Looked After Children for at least 6 months prior to the regulations coming into force. Such a person must take steps to become a qualified teacher by 1 September 2012, if not already qualified.