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Looked After & Previously Looked After Children (LAC & PLAC)

Caroline Chisholm School is an “Attachment Aware” school and we currently have over 30 Looked After and Previously Looked After Children (LAC/PLAC) on roll. An Assistant Principal is designated to oversee their provision and all staff receive “attachment” training and refreshers.

In order to provide bespoke support from the very start, all of our Year 7 LAC/PLAC students are placed in a supported tutor group with an additional adult (LSA).  This is also why we offer an extra transition event - ‘Getting to Know you Day’ prior to starting CCS, followed by on-going support from an LSA who provides morning breakfast club and break/lunch support solely for these students.  A meet and greet session can also be provided on arrival to school if necessary.

Our LAC/PLAC cohort all receive a laptop as well as other essential equipment to support home study. They have access to a bank of enrichment resources (DVDs, books, games, anxiety-relieving tools etc.); an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities (sports and games clubs); and termly trips to help broaden their horizons. Over the past year, our outings have included i-Fly, sledging at the Snowdome and a London experience trip to the museum and theatre.

LAC/PLAC students also receive additional administrative support which can include a laminated timetable, a lunch pass to help with organisation and open access to Learning Support where a member of staff is always available.  Lesson timeout cards can also be used to support the most vulnerable.

These students are also closely monitored academically and target setting is key to success. Progress, attendance, and achievement points are reviewed termly with new targets agreed with each student. Additional Maths and Literacy interventions are also available if extra support is required.

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