Individual education plans for students in out-of-home care

​​​​Schools must develop an individual education plan (IEP) for every student in out-of-home care. This plan should be developed by the student support group (SSG).


The purpose of an IEP is to describe a set of strategies to address the particular educational needs of the child or young person in out of home care.​


To download a copy of the individual education plan template, see:


Developing an IEP is an opportunity to recognise and discuss social and behavioural difficulties and concerns a child may have.

The IEP should:

  • outline a meaningful educational program
  • be age appropriate, holistic in its approach, flexible and future orientated
  • consider key long-term goals that reflect learning outcomes in social, academic and life skills development
  • establish short-term goals that will lead sequentially to the achievement of long-term goals
  • ensure that the goals are measurable, achievable, supported, time-framed and aim to retain the student at school
  • clearly articulate individual and shared responsibilities
  • provide guidance for the student support group (SSG)
  • contain a record of important decisions, actions, student behaviour and progress
  • be a useful transition tool
  • be reviewed every six months at minimum, or as regularly as needed.


For a useful reference when planning an IEP, see: looking after children