The Virtual School plays a key strategic role to make sure that corporate parenting responsibilities of the Local Authority, with regard to the education of Children who are Looked After are met.
The aims of the service are to promote achievement, raise attainment and ensure equality of opportunity to enhance the life chances of all our Children who are Looked After.
The Virtual School is able to offer the following:
- Track and monitor the progress of all Calderdale Children who are Looked After
- Are the lead professional for Personal Education Plans (PEPs)
- Deliver in school interventions through 1 to 1 support
- Provide early years advice and support
- Provide Further Education / Higher Education advice and support
- Manage the Virtual School database
- Provide support at Looked After Children Reviews, Special Educational Needs meetings and Team Around the Child (TAC) meetings
- Support transitions
- Support partnership working with agencies and Council services eg School Admissions, Youth Offending and Social Care
- Deliver training to teachers, school governors, foster carers and partners.
The way the service works
The Virtual School provides statutory outreach support to Children who are Looked After in mainstream schools and alternative settings as a core service. There is no charge to schools / settings or academies for this core service, due to the statutory corporate parenting responsibilities of the Local Authority. The Virtual School will offer training to all schools for designated teachers, who are new to their statutory role, but will only charge academies. Additional bespoke training packages specific to individual schools or clusters can be negotiated for all schools as a traded service.
Please read the Virtual School booklet for further details about the way in which the service works, including the different posts within the service;
- Virtual School [PDF 357KB]
- Calderdale policy on Education of children who are Looked After [PDF 165KB]
Children are looked after by Calderdale Council because either they are subject to a care order, or on a voluntary basis under section 20 of the Children Act 1989. For more information, see Looked After Children
Contact the Virtual School
For more information on the Children who are Looked After Education Service please contact: