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About the Virtual school

Who are we

The Virtual School is a small, joint agency, countywide team of specialist staff from education and social care set up in 2001 to improve the educational achievement and experience of Buckinghamshire’s children in care.  

Since September 2021, following the child in need review, the government made a commitment to extend this duty to all children with a social worker (for more information see: new duty for children with a social worker).

Our roles:

Virtual Head Teacher- has statutory responsibility for overseeing outcomes for all looked after children and previously looked after children.

Deputy Head Teacher – supporting the Head Teacher, Virtual School colleagues and other professionals involved with our children and young people.

Assistant Head – strategic lead for all children with a social worker.

Office staff team – to support in all aspects of the day to day running of The Virtual School; in particular the management of office tasks and the co-ordination of PEPs.  First point of contact Monday to Friday.

Post Order Education Support- advises schools on supporting previously looked after children and those with special guardianship arrangements.

Virtual School Safeguarding Lead- is the Safeguarding champion for the Virtual School; this role is also the link for the residential children’s homes and Fostering Panel.

Post 16 Team – support young people in care who are transitioning to post 16 education, training, or employment or who have become NEET.

Inclusion and Participation Team – support children and young people in care to reengage in education, access extracurricular activities and various mentoring programmes.

School Liaison Teachers / Officers- support children in care by monitoring their progress and outcomes and ensuring effective use of pupil premium in schools.  There are liaison teachers for each phase of education all with the relevant specialist knowledge and experience.

Early Years Team- support children in Early Years Foundation Stage and those moving into the primary phase. This team also runs the Book Parcel service, promoting reading to young children.

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