School pupils and teacher

Virtual School

Promoting the education of looked-after children and previously looked-after children.

Training, advice and guidance

An important part of the Virtual School’s work  is to provide advice, training  and  guidance to schools, social workers, Independent Reviewing Officers  (IROs) and carers about the statutory requirements relating  to a young person’s education. This can include guidance on choosing a school, in-year school transfers, supporting school attainment, and Y6 and Y11 transitions.

More recently the Virtual School has a statutory duty to provide educational information, advice and guidance regarding children:

  • Adopted from care
  • On special guardianship orders (SGO)
  • On child arrangement orders (CAO)

Our work includes advising/supporting parents, carer’s   schools and other relevant professionals. The Virtual School aims to help children and young people in care do as well as possible at school and in their learning. It provides support from pre-school and reception up to age 18, and care leavers (18-25).

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