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The governing body of a school has to designate a member of staff, the designated teacher (DT) as having responsibility to promote educational achievement of children in care and of children have been previously looked after, but have now left care under a special guardianship order, an adoption order or a child arrangements order.
Post 16, in further education colleges, the person is the designated person for children in care (DP).
The role of the designated teacher:
Derby Virtual School provides regular updates and training to DTs and organises events to help them keep up to date with current thinking.
The DT is expected to liaise regularly and effectively with the Virtual School. The DT provides regular data returns to enable Derby Virtual School to monitor and track the progress of our children in care.
Schools should also have a named governor for children in care. The DT should report to the governors about the progress of children in care.