The Virtual School team is committed to working in partnership with schools by providing support with multi-agency professionals to ensure an appropriate education or training placement is in place for our children and young people in care.
We ensure that additional resources such as Pupil Premium are used to overcome barriers to learning or to support children's and young person's learning. We are made up of a team of designated strategic and key stage officers committed to supporting the children's workforce and to champion the education, mental health and wellbeing of children in care and contribute to their educational enrichment and future accomplishments.
We want to ensure that all children and young people who are in our care have access to a full-time education that is tailored to meet their needs. We also aim to continue to develop provision and advice to all stakeholders to support previously looked after children and post 16 young people. More recently, we are also aiming to provide support and guidance for vulnerable children and young people who are known to social care.
The Virtual School team are steadfast in providing the best possible intervention and support for all children in care. We build upon their successes and keep expectations high so that they continue to achieve, do amazing things, thrive and become confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy, and fulfilling lives.
Virtual School Headteacher
Our key support
- Each officer oversees a cohort of Children and Young Persons (CYPs) and will attend one Personal Education Planning meeting each academic year
- Ensuring our CYPs attend school and have access to education
- Liaising with other boroughs and agencies to ensure all children in our care achieve the best outcomes
- Working with each school's designated teacher to ensure Pupil Premium and Personalised Education Allowance is used on the most effective strategies for individual children in our care
- Advising and supporting all our stakeholders to ensure best outcomes for our CYPs
- Utilising Educational Psychologist time to support with next steps
- Developing enhanced transition support for our children
- Supporting young people in care to have post 16 and post 19 aspirations
- Providing advice and guidance for previously looked-after children (PLAC)
- Providing advice and guidance for post 16
Additional support available
We provide a wide range of support, information, advice and training for schools, social workers, carers and other professionals proactively and in response to demand, delivered by experienced staff focused firmly on the end result of improving the outcomes for our children and young persons in care.
CPD supporting our colleagues
Our focus is to further develop best practice approaches that cover a range of issues directed at providing further support for all our children in care by way of meeting their needs. CPD courses can also be delivered remotely or in your school. CPD is also available as an INSET day.
Inclusion and attendance
One of our main priorities is to improve the inclusion and attendance of all our children in care, recognising the links between attendance and inclusion and take responsibility of securing and sustaining a suitable educational setting. We implement a variety of initiatives to ensure that including multi-agency meetings, sharing attendance data, contacting foster and social care colleagues when attendance is an ongoing, serious concern and discussions with attendance leads and designated teachers in schools.
We recognise the vital role that Designated Teachers have in supporting the education of children in care including new responsibilities. Our focus is to help staff meet their statutory duties in schools, look at some of the barriers that impact upon learning and how these can be addressed, how to best support and prepare our vulnerable children and young people with transition and share inclusive practice to best meet the needs of children in our care.
Beyond the classroom
Children and young persons in our care have access to wider educational activities such as music through our Music Hub project, our Homework Club where all children and young people receive support with their homework and can also participate in other fun activities including sports and creative tasks. It provides a social setting for our children to come together and celebrate their special communalism.
All our support is free of charge to Royal Greenwich Schools.
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