Statutory guidance

Promoting the education of looked-after and previously looked-after children

Statutory guidance for local authorities to support looked-after and previously looked-after children's aspirations to achieve in further and higher education.

Applies to England



This is for:

  • local authorities
  • virtual school heads (VSHs)
  • directors of children’s services
  • social workers
  • independent reviewing officers
  • officers who are responsible for the education of looked-after children

It details the duty local authorities and VSHs have to promote the educational achievement of the children they look after.

Statutory guidance sets out what local authorities must do to comply with the law. You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.

Virtual school heads (VSHs) are in charge of promoting the educational achievement of all the children looked after by their local authority they work for.

Published 23 July 2014
Last updated 26 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated with latest statutory guidance.

  2. First published.