Introduction to the Virtual School for Children Looked After
All children and young people in the care of Warwickshire County Council belong to the Warwickshire Virtual School. This includes children who attend schools or colleges outside of Warwickshire.
What does the Virtual School do?
The Virtual School seeks to work with education providers to close the attainment gap between looked after children and their peers.
To achieve this goal, the Virtual School:
- Has a team of experienced teachers who provide advice to schools to monitor Personal Education Plans (PEPs), support designated teachers, and to protect the entitlement to a good education for all children and young people in care.
- Manages the £1900 pupil premium plus grant for all looked after children, allocating the majority of this to schools and using the remainder to develop wider initiatives to reduce the attainment gap, for e.g. Attachment Aware Schools
- Employs two Prospects careers advisers to provide impartial advice on courses and training opportunities. This is primarily in years 10 and 11, however careers advice continues into the first term of Y12.
- Provides general advice and support to schools, including appropriate use of Pupil Premium Plus funding and guidance on reporting to governors – a template report to help designated teachers with their annual report to governors can be found on our website.