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

  • Provide advice to parents, carers, school staff and other professionals. Please contact the Virtual School on (01273) 293992 or email virtualschool@brighton-hove.gov.uk
     
  • 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'. Download the Virtual School Training Offer for 2017/18 (PDF 181 KB)
     
  • Provide training workshops for parents. Download the workshop info flyer with dates and times of 2017/18 workshops and clinics (PDF 2.69 MB).
     
  • Support the development of a Network for Adopters (PDF 83 KB) in Brighton & Hove schools
     
  • Encourage parents/carers to work with schools to ensure the Personal Educational Plan (PEP) process is used effectively to identify and determine best ways of meeting their child/young person's individual needs
     
  • Encourage Parents and Carers to assist schools in accessing the Pupil Premium Plus grant and in determining how it can best be used to maximise outcomes, utilising the PEP process
     
  • Provide advice to parents/carers regarding the school admissions process to benefit from the priority admissions status given to Children Previously in Care
     
  • Help parents/carers to understand the range of services that may be able to support their child and to access directly where appropriate: consultation, support and advice from relevant teams e.g. Learning Support Services
     
  • Raise awareness and encourage high aspirations for the attainment and progression of Children Previously in Care, with organisations and professionals, parents and young people
     
  • Listen to the views of Children Previously in Care and use their feedback to improve services to them
     
  • Work strategically across Brighton and Hove to improve adoption support as a member of Brighton and Hove’s Adoption Support Services Steering Group (ASSSG)
     
  • Collate and publish accurate cohort data on the attainment of Children Previously in Care, to evidence progress in closing the attainment gap and to identify unmet need