May 1, 2014
-- Contact Group (Looked after Call) and eGov Digital (ePEP) announced today that they are forming a strategic partnership to help benefit Virtual School Heads in Local Authorities.
Looked After Call was formed in conjunction with local authorities as a cost effective way to collate and monitor the attendance and assessment records of Looked After Children. The system works via manual calling and a secure data software tool, which transfers the data of Looked After Children from schools in and out of borough to the Looked After Call website. This can be viewed online in real time by the Virtual School Head. Data can be drilled down to show attendance, personal details, assessment, SEN status, behaviour, school history and exclusions.
ePEP (Electronic Personal Education Plan) is a system which has been successfully developed as an online tool for social workers and teachers over the past nine years. The ePEP fits around the needs of both young people and professionals as outlined in statutory guidance. The online system provides the perfect solution for the requirements expected by all parties involved to ensure a child achieves their educational targets and successful future outcomes, which are shared with the young person. Recent developments allow increased monitoring across cohorts and individual PEPs.
Speaking at the announcement Stephen Clarke, Managing Director of Contact Group, said “We have a number of Local Authorities who are happily using our Looked After Call solution to track and report on the attendance and attainment of their Looked After Children, saving them up to 40% on costs against their incumbent supplier. As an added bonus for those Local Authorities and future Local Authority customers, we have partnered with eGov Digital to explore how Looked after Call and ePEP can work in conjunction to further benefit Virtual School Heads.”
Gary Daniels, Managing Director of eGov Digital added, “The key to success is working with systems that speak to each another, integration is a vital component when accessing data to be analysed at the PEP meeting. The Virtual School's accountability has increased with the responsibility of the Pupil Premium, plus it is important we can provide the story behind the results and to link data to smart targets.”
With this strategic partnership in place, Virtual School Heads can be confident that there is a cost-effective, whole solution that enables them to track their Looked After Children to ensure progress is being made, no matter where they are based.