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ePEP National Advisory Group 2017

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from eGov Digital.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your outstanding support to a fantastic year for ePEP Online.

Thank you for making our ePEP the most commonly used PEP platform with Virtual Schools across the country.

Your contributions have been invaluable.

With that in mind, we’d like to invite you to attend:

National ePEP Conference Future of ePEP:

How the Virtual School is reshaping the outcomes of LAC using ePEP Online

on the Morning of the 2nd of March

eNAG (ePEP National Advisory Group)

on the Afternoon of the 2nd of March

Please note the afternoon session is only open to existing clients.

For more details, please email to reserve your space.

Hope to see you in the New Year!

Gary Daniels, Director and founder of ePEP

Tel: 0845 6807403




Come see us at Bett ExCel London!

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The Bett Show is the ‘British Educational Training and Technology show’ is the place to be if you’d like to trade or showcase the use of Education Information Technology.

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With eGov Digital’s ePEP being the most nationally used ePEP we thought it’d be a good idea to come down and show you what we’ve got.

We will be exhibiting from the 25th to the 28th of January at the Royal Victoria Dock. If you’d like to make a personal booking for a demo, ring ahead to reserve some space and time with Gary Daniels.

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If you’d like to make a booking for a personal ePEP showcase, please email ahead of time to reserve some space and time with Gary Daniels.

Look forward to seeing you there!!

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As we say goodbye to another term, we would like to extend warm welcomes to our new councils!
From everyone at eGov Digital, we would like to welcome:

  • Barking
  • Dudley
  • Lewisham
  • Leicester
  • Reading
  • Staffordshire
  • West Sussex

We hope that they all benefit greatly from using the market leading ePEP and excellent customer service that we take pride in.


Here at eGov Digital it has been a very busy few months as always. Our CEO Gary Daniels and Account Manager Emily Farnan have been touring the UK, giving demonstrations, talks and working hard with everyone to train all councils to keep them up to date and comfortable with our system.
Gary is our main guy when it comes to training Social Workers and Designated Teachers, meaning he is a busy bee with our new councils and Emily has been concentrating on the Admin training that gives all councils the help and support they need to set up the many people’s roles within each council.

On site or off site, eGov Digital is here to support one another and get the best out of what we know!

The eGov Digital team have the depth of experience and the wealth of knowledge to ensure 100% satisfaction during the ePEP rollout process.

To arrange an ePEP Demo, please do not hesitate to contact us either by email: or by telephone: 0845 680 7403

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eNAG News Update

What a day! Our 3rd eNAG, which was hosted in Birmingham, was our biggest turnout yet. We really got to see the beauty of new and old working together to create a new, streamlined version of ePEP. We worked together to create a functionality that allows our users to pick and choose what updates are added to their councils individually.

This way, you can start with whatever level of ePEP you wish to, you are in constant control how much or little you want ePEP to change.

As the day started the councils filed in and chose from a selection of changes they wish to have and then worked as a united group to make slight wording changes to fit in with statutory guidance.

As we filed back out again excited chatter could be heard through the halls.

Really brilliant day all round, with more eager faces present than ever before. We look forward to seeing you all again!

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ePEP takes the VSH Conference by storm

Firstly, we would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came over to our stall on Tuesday at the VSH Conference, it was amazing to meet so many new faces and learn about what hurdles your VS has to jump over. It was illuminating to work out collaboratively how ePEP helps overcome those obstacles.

The day was an absolute blast with 11 new authorities booking space for an ePEP Demo and even more taking a keen interest. We were able to showcase eNAG, and we had our ePEP friends and family pass on the good word to their neighboring authorities.

With this in mind, our calendar is being filled up very quickly, so if you’re looking for a Demo, get in touch so we can slot you in sooner, rather than later.

Everyone was clearly impressed by how ePEP has evolved into the Virtual School Platform they saw before them, and the dashboard went down a treat. The fact that you can clearly track every aspect of your children in care and where and how the pupil premium is being spent, really was the showstopper of the day.

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Before I leapt in for a selfie opportunity…

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Those of you who know me, know I’m never away from my emails for long, so whilst the conference was taking place here’s a sneaky shot that was taken of me replying to you guys whilst Ewen fights the temptation to eat one of our Easter Eggs we had lined up…

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Once again it was fabulous to meet all of the new faces and we look forward to welcoming you to our ePEP family.

If you’d like to join our ePEP journey or arrange an ePEP Demo, please do not hesitate to contact us either by email: or by telephone: 0845 680 7403


eNAG 2016

Thank you to all the Virtual Heads and Virtual School staff who came together for the 2nd eNAG (ePEP National Advisory Group) board meeting, located in the lovely city of Liverpool.

All UK regions were represented by existing authorities using the ePEP.  The advisory board worked in joint collaboration as a single voice towards national solidarity to benefit the virtual school and the role of the virtual head.

The discussions that have taken place has become a fantastic way for central government to really understand and listen to the Virtual Schools needs, and how ePEP-VSP facilitates there their statutory responsibilities.

As a national group we spoke about how to create better PEPs for Post 16, Early Years and SEN children.

The feedback from the group has been extremely useful and we will use this feedback to further enhance the platform to benefit the aforementioned children.

Every council has a voice in ePEP and we work together to create solutions that will be indispensable for all councils (especially when Ofsted come around.)

We asked the members for their views of ePEP-VSP so far, and here are some of their responses.

Debby Rigby – Interim Virtual Head Teacher of Children Looked After Slough Children’s Services Trust

“The support given by eGov Digital staff has been invaluable”

Adam Palmer – Team Coordinator Virtual School for Children in Care, Young People and Families Service Directorate

“My favorite part of ePEP is the pupil premium requests and the target setting section. This allows for us to effectively track and monitor where Pupil Premium is being spent.”

“We can gather all the data and information regarding the progress of our children – directly from the school through ePEP.”

Sue Faulkner – Personal Education Plan and Progress Lead Gloucestershire

“Pupil premium is very effective,  I can easily identify the progress of my LAC including the progress of disadvantaged children. My favorite part of ePEP is the Pupil Premium Plus Tracker.”

Paul Andrews – Post 16 Education & Skills Officer for Looked After Children Northampton

Can you see the personal views of your children?

“Yes, as new users to ePEP, we are starting to see a real uplift in the number of responses we receive. – The interactive section for young people is my favorite feature.”

Jenny Lockwood -Virtual Head Teacher for Secondary Schools Royal Borough of Windsor

“All of our children in care are effectively disadvantaged in one or more ways – we are pleased to be able to extend ePEPs to adopted and children on the edge of care.”

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If you’d like to join our ePEP journey or arrange an ePEP Demo, please do not hesitate to contact us either by email: or by telephone: 0845 680 7403

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Gloucestershire champions the use of ePEP’s chat feature.

ePEP has recently installed a new feature, which is currently being tested by one of our longest standing councils – Gloucestershire.

The chat feature will enable all professionals attached to a child to communicate with each other and the virtual school with ease. The capability of this feature will change the face of how users interact within the ePEP system.

The chat allows two users to hold a private conversation between each other. There are 2 ways to start a conversation with another user on the system.

From the user view:
For those familiar with ePEP you will need to visit the users overview page, and if you have the correct privilege, a secure chat button is available for you – click the chat button and a new chat box will open for you with the user you have chosen to interact with.

From the conversations widget:
If the chat is enabled, a blue widget appears. Find it located at the bottom right corner of your browser window. Click it to view the list of conversations already started. Click a user name to open a chat box.


If you’re interested in seeing this chat feature – feel free to contact me – or alternatively if you’d like to arrange an ePEP demonstration you can either email on the link above or ring on 0845 680 7403

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A thanks to new and old!

I would like to give a warm welcome to our newcomers:

  • Peterborough
  • Slough
  • Birmingham
  • Northamptonshire
  • Shropshire
  • Warwickshire
  • Luton
  • Havering

And a happy return to our councils who have extended their ePEP journey:

  • Kirklees
  • Gloucestershire
  • Bath
  • Stoke
  • Kent
  • RBWM
  • Buckinghamshire


Thank you new and old for joining our mission to ensure that high-quality peps can be produced – enabling young people for whom it really matters, to go on to achieve without limitations.


If you’d like to join our ePEP journey or arrange an ePEP Demo, please do not hesitate to contact us either by email: or by telephone: 0845 680 7403

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Designated Teachers embrace ePEP attainment

ePEP’s attainment section enables teachers to use their own school measures while RAG rating and tracking live and termly progress on core subjects. The system provides pictorial graphs and reports – which are easily understood by social workers, teachers and carers alike via the ePEP dashboard.

Designated teachers have successfully embraced ePEP to record live termly attainment and attendance data across the country. Feedback has been extremely positive from authorities using the system as can be seen by a case study done by Northampton:

“We are learning as we are moving on and are confident that with the excellent professional support we are getting from eGov Digital and the full engagement from our teams, by the end of next term the electronic PEP system will be fully embedded in the processes and the educational outcomes for the LAC children will see considerable improvement.” Nina Thomas, Northampton

Both Social Care and Education databases can now use our import/ export tool to populate core personal information, attainment and attendance. The ePEP platform can also highlight data discrepancies between databases to ensure records are correct.

“RAG rating termly results and estimating achievements has become an essential facility for professionals to quickly access and share information referring to the PEP”. – Adam Palmer, Hull

To learn more about attainment, or to arrange an ePEP Demo, please do not hesitate to contact us either by email: or by telephone: 0845 680 7403