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Posts by Jane Pickthall

GCSE Results Day – A Virtual School Head’s Perspective

As results day arrives Virtual School Heads around the country will be anxiously awaiting news about how their students have done. With only 14% of looked after children nationally achieving 5 or more A*-C grades, including maths and English, last year, they are not likely to be the results that most headteachers would be hoping…

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The Ofsted Social Care Annual Report – Changing the narrative

NAVSH response to the Ofsted social care annual report 2016 NAVSH welcomes this report, which includes some important and hard-hitting messages. The report describes judgements made during inspections of local authorities carried out under the single inspection framework on social care services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care…

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The Children and Social Work Bill – the NAVSH response

The Queen’s Speech announced a new set of measures to promote and strengthen children’s social care. If you want to know more detail, The Children and Social Work Bill can be found here. In an earlier blog I commented on Virtual School Heads embracing the intention of central government to extend their role to include…

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Mental Health Awareness Week – The Importance of Relationships in Schools

Mental Health Awareness Week launches today with a focus on the importance of relationships in supporting good mental health. For looked after children in schools this is especially important. For a child who has been abused or witnessed domestic violence, adults can be scary people. Many schools assume that their pupils feel safe, but for…

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The New SFR ‘Outcomes for Children Looked After’ – a good news story?

The publication in November of The Rees Centre / Bristol University research on The Educational Progress of Looked After Children a seminal moment, as VSHs across the country finally got the evidence they needed to confirm much of what they suspected about what children in care need in order to achieve academically. For years we’d…

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Response to the National Funding Formula Consultation

Sent on behalf of The National Association of Virtual School Heads This response is being made by the National Association of Virtual School Heads (NAVSH) on behalf of the 152 Virtual School Heads in England. NAVSH is the national organisation representing all Virtual School Heads in England and exists to promote improved educational outcomes for…

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The NAVSH Conference 2016

Most people reading this will have already attended the conference and will have hopefully found it interesting and be raring to put new ideas into practice. The focus for this year’s conference is, ‘what can we learn?’, both from each other and leading academics, on the areas most closely linked to the role of the…

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Our Research and Improvement Priorities 2016/17

Establish The National Association of Virtual School Heads and links with key partners. Develop a robust means of measuring attainment and progress based on recent research demonstrating what impacts most on educational outcomes for children in care. Uphold high quality educational provision for all children in care. Research and develop best practice use of Pupil…

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