Personal Education Plans (PEPs)

This page provides a brief outline of the Northamptonshire Personal Education Plan (PEP) process, and provides links to relevant guidance for the different PEPs used for Early Years, statutory school age and post-16.

What is a PEP?

Children in care to Northamptonshire County Council in pre-school to age 18 must have a Personal Education Plan (PEP)which is reviewed and completed on a termly basis. The PEP is an evolving and overall plan for children in care to make progress and fulfil their full potential. The school, other professionals and the child's carers should work together to develop and complete the PEP, ensuring a personalised approach to learning that meets the child's education needs, raises aspirations and builds life chances.

How do I access ePEP?

All PEPs for children in care to Northamptonshire will need to be undertaken using the ePEP system. Day-to-day administrative ePEP support is provided by the Virtual School team.

If you require access to the ePEP system, please contact the Virtual School by emailing The Virtual School will then confirm your ePEP user ID and provide a link to the system.

The ePEP system has recently introduced a single sign-on feature which allows you to access the records of young people in care from multiple local authorities enrolled at your school or setting through one ePEP account. For more information on this feature, please use the guide provided below:


Throughout this section, the following terms are used:

​PEPThe Personal Education Plan, which is completed on ePEP.​
​ePEPThe 'electronic Personal Education Plan'. This is the online platform used ​to record the plan for the young person.
​PEP meeting​The Personal Education Plan meeting for the young person.
​DTThe 'Designated Teacher for Looked-After Children'​.
​SW​The social worker.

PEP information pages

Please use the following links to access the relevant information page.

Early years PEPs

Statutory school age PEPs

Post-16 PEPs

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