Virtual School for Looked After and Vulnerable Children
The Virtual School is responsible for liaising and working in partnership with agencies to support the education of looked after/vulnerable children. Lorraine Thompson is the virtual school lead and leads on strategic planning and developments, policy, new initiatives and service delivery.
The Virtual School for Looked after Children is not a teaching institution. It is “a model by which the local authority provides services and support for the education of looked after children and a constructive challenge to those providing the services”. It works closely and in partnership with schools, social care and Health 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, so that our looked after children have better life chances.
Our specific objectives which together will help us achieve this aim are reflected by the targets that we set ourselves each year, i.e. seeking continuous improvement in the number of looked after students who: –
- Achieve a Good Level of development (GLD) at the end of reception
- Expected Standards at the end of KS1 and KS2 in each core subject
- Achieve a good set of GCSEs or equivalent
- Make progress between Key Stages
- Have less 90% school attendance.
- Are in education, employment or training in the September following their sixteenth birthday
We will also seek to: –
Reduce the number of days looked after students are excluded, fixed term and permanent, and ensure that excluded students receive alternative provision from day one
Secure objective evidence that: –
- There is increasing student involvement in extracurricular and extension activities
- Special Educational Needs are being met and appropriate interventions are implemented and reviewed in terms of the graduated response
- Fewer students do not have a school place at any one time
- The average time taken to secure a school place for a child is being reduced
- The average number of school days missed per term by children is falling
- The number of children who have an up to date, good quality PEP is increasing.
The Virtual School Team
- Virtual School and Vulnerable Groups Lead-Lorraine Thompson
- Education Liaison Officer-Julie Chilton
- Education Adviser-Debbie Woolfe
- PEP Co-ordinator- Jane Collins
- Key worker -Rhian Ferguson
- Key worker- Leanne Hall
- Careers Advisor- Hannah Yates
- Information Officer- Ruksana Kavde
- Admin apprentice- Suria Pal
- Virtual School Tutors: Leanne Hall, Lee Baker, Maxine Gentle, Charlene Martin, Annette Round, Tracey Pemble