Previously Looked After Children (Virtual School)

Previously looked after child inclusion plan

What is an inclusion plan?

An Inclusion plan drawn up in partnership with the young person, parents, professionals and school to ensure the effective provision for a previously looked after child in school.

Download: Previously looked after child inclusion plan (word document)

Use the resources below to help complete the inclusion plan.

Inclusion plan resources

Website: Let's Learn Together England from Adoption UK (opens in a new window)

Brainstem Calmers

A psychiatrist, Dr Bruce Perry, has developed something called the 'Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics', which is a framework that helps us to know how to help children who have suffered early trauma and loss.

Children's brains organize from bottom to top, with the lower parts of the brain (brainstem aka "survival brain") developing earliest, and the cortical areas (thinking brain) much later. Traumatised children's brain becomes stuck in the brainstem, and they therefore swing between their survival modes of fight/flight/freeze/collapse.

One of the most helpful ways to move children from these super-high anxiety states, to their calmer ‘thinking brain’, is patterned, repetitive rhythmic activity Creating a therapeutic web of relationships around the child together with regular brainstem calming activities can, over time, help a child’s brain and body to learn that they are safe.

Website: Beacon House therapeutic services and trauma team (opens in a new window)

Website: Growing hands on kids - what are the 8 Senses (opens in a new window)

School staff resources and reading list

Website: Meeting the needs of adopted and permanently placed children a guide for school staff from PAC.UK (opens in a new window)

Website: Statutory guidance for designated teacher for looked after and previously looked after children from GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

Website: Statutory guidance keeping children safe in education from GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

Website: School census 2018 to 2019 Guide from DfE (opens in a new window)