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.
The Virtual School has produced guidelines for schools in relation to Looked After Children.
This guide supports schools to maximise outcomes for their Looked After Children, through monitoring and supporting their progress via Personal Education Plans and effectively communicating with the appropriate people and agencies involved in the life of each young person.
There are two versions available to download; a PDF version and an editable Word document.
‘The Education of Young People in Public Care’ DfES/DH 2000 and updated in 2005 stresses the need for local authorities to act corporately and advocate on behalf of these children. As corporate parents we are charged to provide the children in our care with ‘the education they deserve and…to do at least what any good parent would do’ to improve their educational outcomes.
To promote good corporate parenting across the county council by implementing the statutory elements of the Guidance and the outcomes of “Every Child Matters,”
Through effective communication, early intervention and liaison with all relevant services we will offer practical support to implement:-
The Virtual school tracks and identifies children at risk and needing support via a number of procedures including,
Please note, the majority of the team works term time only; some members are also part-time.