What is the Virtual School?

Our Virtual School promotes the education of children and young people in care

The Virtual School is exactly that – virtual! It isn’t a place or a building.

It’s a group of professionals (including a headteacher, teachers and specialists in education welfare) who work with a child or young person in care, as an additional resource to support them and help them get the best outcomes from their school and college years.

We work closely with the school the child attends, a designated teacher at school, the child’s social worker and carer to support them through school or college and to make sure they are getting any help they need.

We also help make sure a child or young person in care has access to other activities that interest them or may help with any career plans.

Designated teachers are specifically trained and support other school staff members to ensure children and young people in care’s particular needs are met and to help them achieve the best results they can.

If you’re a parent, guardian or carer of children who have left care through a permanency order, you can find further advice here:         Virtual School Education Advice for Parents and Guardians.

Contact our Virtual School team

hand-drawn manClare Houlton, Headteacher clare.houlton@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

hand-drawn manMab Akhter, Assistant Headteacher: secondary/post 16 mab.akhter@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

hand-drawn womanBeth Yeatman – Assistant Headteacher: EYFS/Primary beth.yeatman@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

hand-drawn womanBianca Powell-Norris– Assistant Headteacher: Children with a social worker bianca.powell-norris@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

hand-drawn womanLisa Palmer – Education Support Officer  lisa.palmer@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

hand-drawn manRhiannon Beg – Inclusion Support Officer  rhiannon.beg@brighterfuturesforchildren.org