The Virtual School for Looked After Children believes that education is the principal protective factor for all children.
We recognise that children who are looked after have often experienced disruptive educational and early life experiences which can impact on their educational outcomes.
The Virtual School for Looked After Children is not a teaching institution. We work closely and in partnership with Schools, Health, Information, Advice and Guidance (Connexions) and Social Care so that there is a holistic and comprehensive approach to the support of Looked After Children in all areas of their lives.
Our overall aim is to help produce better educational outcomes, and enhanced personal and social development in the context of Every Child Matters, so that our looked after children have better life chances.
The Virtual School is responsible for
- managing the grant allocation of Pupil Premium for Looked After Children to ensure it is used for the benefit of the looked after child’s educational needs as described in their Personal Education Plan as required by the Grant Conditions
- being able to demonstrate how pupil premium funding managed by the virtual school head is linked to raising achievement for looked after children and closing the gap between their achievement and that of their peers
- being responsible as part of the corporate parent role to promote the educational achievement of the children looked after by their authority
- being responsible for offering support and challenge to key workers to challenge schools, foster carers, social workers and residential workers to support and promote the educational attainment of children who are looked after
- working with schools, both in borough and out of borough, to raise the attainment of looked after children
Through the Management Committee the Virtual School seeks to ensure that children who are looked after receive educational opportunities which will help them make accelerated progress and narrow the gap between looked after children and their peers.
Education Development Centre
Telephone 01922 686230