Speaker on the podium. People at conference hall, rear view

ePEP National Conference 2015

National ePEP conference in central London on the 5th October 2015.

Further to the overwhelming success from the Manchester ePEP conference held on November 2014, we will be hosting the national ePEP conference in Central London on the 5th October 2015.

Existing and new authorities will be invited to attend for a morning demonstration around ePEP’s new Pupil Premium tracker. The team will be showing you how ePEP links funding to SMART targets and holds professionals to account.

On the day we will be demonstrating the virtual school ePEP dashboard and providing an afternoon workshop exploring how local authorities using ePEP have been allocating and tracking the Pupil Premium. We will also be showcasing the ePEP PPR tracker demonstrating its effectiveness with tracking funding, accountability and expenditure from schools.

Afternoon workshop exploring how to make ePEP more effective in supporting LAC and professionals. Finally an ePEP questions and answer session to end the afternoon.

The conference is free to attend and will start from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

Lunch will be provided at 12:00pm.

Please register your interest if you would like to attend any of the conferences by email to or please contact 0845 680 7403 for your reservation.

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Case study from the ePEP Manchester conference. November 2014

“Just wanted to say a massive thanks for yesterday’s event, it was great to be involved, to see the new dashboard and be encouraged to speak up about any advancements we’d like (which, as you know, I’m quite fond of doing anyway. I valued, incredibly, the networking with other Virtual School team members with people in similar roles to myself, understanding their current processes, discussing our own around Pupil Premium expenditure and I’ve left with some good ideas for our own authority moving forward. I was more than happy to recommend ePEP. Also, it was great to finally meet Ewen, and AJ who we sat with at lunch was a really personable lad with a lot of passion for doing what he does in your team, which is always good to see.

If the next event, in January, was open to me too I’d really value a place. It’s incredibly rare I get to meet others with similar job roles to be able to discuss ideas with, especially surrounding ePEP which is obviously a huge part of my job here. Granted, it’s a long way to go to London for a few hours spent in a conference but I valued yesterday enough to want to be able to do it and to meet more new faces and share more ideas with others.

Excellent event, really enjoyed it.”

Adam Palmer

Team Coordinator
Virtual School for Looked After Children Hull CC

Squiddle Platform

Squiddle Private Space for Children

Squiddle is a new development due to launched in Mayfair London on the 9th of June 2015 .

The secure Squiddle platform provides a private space for young people to communicate with their teacher, social worker or any other professional supporting the child. The concept turns Facebook upside down allowing the child to securely record chronological events and educational achievements privately. This Private space allows the teacher to communicate directly to the young person about anything supporting the child’s educational progress.

This platform will allow the young person to upload photographs, documents and videos from any device connected to the Internet. Teachers and Social Workers can also upload supporting evidence including exam results, attainment information, attendance history, to support and in rich the child’s record of achievement.

Importing documents and photographs can also be uploaded via the ePEP timeline, allowing professionals total control over content released to the young person. Sensitivity has also been accounted for with unique disclosure tools to allow teachers and social workers the facility to time-lock photographs and documents for when the child comes of age.

Birth history including life story work can also be recorded using this platform enabling Social Workers and Carers to record chronological events starting from when a child is born.

The ePEP Timeline will allow professionals a secure platform to communicate with the young person via internal chat email within the private space. The young person cannot directly communicate with friends from within this private space, this environment will only allow direct access to their own educational information and achievements.

Squiddle also has an educational calendar allowing Teachers to enter event’s and educational reminders for the children. Young people can also use the calendar to record and track homework, timetables, and exam dates. The new platform can be accessed from mobile devices such as iPads and mobile phones. This secure environment is hosted via https: platform similar to ePEP online.  Squiddle has been developed with young people and professionals from local authorities currently using ePEP online. This new feature will be available soon.


PEP completion rates increase

PEP completion rates have significantly increased for authorities using ePEP’s new feature (Mandatory Data Fields).

System administrators can now customise the professional section within ePEP’s user matrix to ensure Social workers and Designated teachers complete important data requirements and questions.

The system alerts professionals if targets are not completed

PEP’s are not completed within  timescale, and when a PEP meeting has been organised. The ePEP alert notification is sent via external e-mail and duplicated to the internal messaging system.

The PEP meeting can be completely organised remotely allowing the administrator to set the venue and time of the meeting.

Invitations will be automatically sent to all individuals connected to the child via e-mail, saving a significant amount of time on the telephone.

The platform can link directly into databases for education social care.

Collecting vital information about the child before the meeting takes place this saves any duplication from the social worker or designated teacher.

Communication between professionals online plays a significant role with increasing the speed and efficiency of PEP completion.

The Social worker can support the Designated teacher prior to the meeting ensuring the child’s voice is heard. Teachers can also track termly attainment automatically with information gathered from the Sims database or any other supplier. Attainment data it can also be collected manually on the child by the designated teacher. Historical results for all Key stages are chronologically recorded within ePEP.

Reports can be generated into XML spreadsheets or graphically illustrated within the main ePEP dashboard.

Ewen Godfrey

Sutton Trust Interventions

The Sutton Trust Interventions.

What is the most cost effective intervention to bring about a rise in educational performance? The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning toolkit has been produced for several years.

The trust has analysed the combined educational research on thirty four (at the last count) types of intervention. It has looked at the the cost effectiveness of each intervention and the likely educational improvement to expect from each.

The toolkit is very useful to schools planning how to spend pupil premium funding so they can resource and monitor the progress of pupils receiving the pupil premium grant.

For children in care, the Virtual School Head, will be responsible for distributing the pupil premium to schools. The epep Pupil Premium Resource Tracker makes use of the Sutton Trust categories to allow the Virtual Head to track the progress of pupils.

Schools will have to show in the PEP how the pupil premium will be used to meet the needs of individual and the progress they make. The tracker is used to set the targets, measure progress and allow the Virtual School Head to agree to funding requests.

Ewen Godfrey

eGov Digital.