Promoting the education of looked-after children and
previously looked-after children

Conference Rescheduled

The 2020 conference has now moved to February 2nd and 3rd 2021 at the same venue in London. More details to follow in the Autumn.

Local authorities have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of any child looked after by them.

This includes a particular duty to promote the child’s educational achievements

The National Association of Virtual School Heads exists to improve educational outcomes for looked after children by working with partners and commissioning research to ensure that the educational needs of looked after children are better understood. All local authorities in England are required to have a Virtual School Head.

NAVSH Peer Review Pilots

By Jane Pickthall

We are now half way through the pilot phase of…

Read More

PALAC Promoting the Achievement of Looked After Children

By Jane Pickthall

Bespoke programme for Virtual School teams and Educational Psychologists PALAC is…

Read More

The National Association of Virtual School Heads is a charity set up and run by a Board of Virtual School Heads to improve educational outcomes for looked after children by working with partners and commissioning research to ensure that the educational needs of looked after and previously looked after children are better understood.

Our Charitable Objects are:

  • Advance education for the public benefit in the care and education of looked after and previously looked after children and care leavers by the undertaking of research for the public benefit and the dissemination of the useful results thereof.
  • To promote the care and education of looked after children, previously looked after children and care leavers in particular, but not exclusively by, the provision of education and training for those employed in provision of care for looked after children.