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Supporting the education and well-being of children who are looked-after: what is the role of the virtual school?

The Children and Families Act (2014) placed a statutory responsibility on local authorities in the UK to establish a virtual school headteacher with the role of championing the education of all children looked-after within that authority. The current research was designed to illuminate how virtual schools are currently supporting educational outcomes for children looked-after, not…

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NAVSH Peer Review Pilots

We are now half way through the pilot phase of our Peer Review programme and we look forward to sharing the learning once we have completed one from each region. We are learning just how different virtual schools are and there is so much to learn from each review we do. Matthew Cooke, the Virtual…

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The Caring University in 2016

Practice, partnership and strategy with the care experienced student

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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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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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