The Virtual School team is located within Learning & Skills Services.
We are responsible for improving the educational attainment of all Children Looked After in the authority; including those that have been placed in schools in other authorities.
Within the local authority the Virtual School Head Lee Martin is the statutory lead [Children and Families Act 2014] with responsibility for ensuring that arrangements are in place to improve educational experiences and outcomes.
What is a virtual school?
The Virtual School acts as a local authority champion to promote the progress and educational attainment of children and young people who are or who have been in care so that they achieve educational outcomes comparable to their peers.
Ensuring that they receive a high quality education in good or outstanding schools.
The virtual school does not exist in real terms, or as a building. Children do not attend it - they remain the responsibility of the school at which they are enrolled. The Virtual School is simply an organisation which has been created for the effective co-ordination of educational services at a strategic and operational level.
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