Looked After Children
The LAC network functions specifically as a collaboration between 9 HEI and 11 Virtual School practitioners to support the achievement, retention and progression of young people in the care of the local authority from KS3 to Post 16 and on to FE/Higher Education/Employment.
The network is an opportunity to share best practice, plan and review activity generated within its membership specifically targeted to meet the needs of identified cohorts.
The context of the network and the delivered programme is framed within a national agenda to improve the education outcomes for care leavers:
- To encourage looked after children to be more involved and interested in their education
- To have high aspirations for the learners and the adults who support them
- Enable care leavers to access appropriate education and training that will enable them to fulfil their goals
- Research-informed practice informs the development of the programme, evaluates the experiences and monitors the progress of those participating
LAC Steering Group
The LAC Steering Group is a group of practitioners representing school, college, HEI, Virtual School and undergraduate communities. It sits within the wider LAC network to review activity generated within the wider network and identify opportunities for collaborating with other networks, with a focus on improving information, advice and guidance available to key adults who support the education of LAC and Care Leavers.
- Act as a Forum for sharing best practice amongst members and more widely
- To make recommendations that better support the transition from school/college to University
- To build links with other/external networks
- To steer the direction of the wider LAC network and its programme of collaborative outreach activity