What the Virtual School does to support Children in Care and our partners

  • Provide training, support and challenge to a range of organisations and professionals, including attachment training (to support the Attachment Aware Brighton & Hove initiative) and training in 'Inclusive Practice'. You can download our Virtual School Training Offer for 2017/18 academic year.
     
  • Raise awareness and encourage high aspirations for the attainment and progression for Children in Care with organisations and professionals
     
  • Listen to the views of Children in Care and use their feedback to improve services to them
     
  • Collate accurate data on Children in Care so their educational progress can be tracked and monitored. This data will be shared as appropriate and used to inform early and effective interventions in educational settings and at home
     
  • Ensure Pupil Premium is distributed and used effectively to maximise educational outcomes
     
  • Ensure that Children in Care attend schools that best meet their needs and provide support regarding school admissions process
     
  • Have oversight of the Personal Educational Planning (PEP) system ensuring that PEPs and Personal Opportunities Plans (POP 16+) are highly effective and completely termly
     
  • Consider the holistic needs of Children in Care, particularly their Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs and their social relationships and friendships, which have a huge impact on their overall outcomes
     
  • Signpost children to organisations and activities they are interested in as well as providing a range of after school clubs
     
  • Celebrate the educational achievements of Children in Care
     
  • Arrange for students of all ages to have interventions to support their learning including 1:1 tuition, Every Child a Reader, Every Child Counts and Letterbox Club
     
  • Provide advice and support to foster carers, school staff and social workers
     
  • Access consultation, support and advice from relevant teams e.g. Educational Psychology Service and Learning Support Services, particularly around Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) issues