Social workers have a key role to play in supporting the education of looked after children but it is important to know you are not alone. Each local authority has a Virtual School Head who is there to monitor, support and advise all those working with looked after children.
The Virtual School is the term given to the way the local authority checks that looked after children and young people are doing well in their education.
It’s called a Virtual School because it monitors all looked after children in their different school and imagines them as pupils of one ‘virtual’ school. It collects information about the progress looked after children are making and can provide help, advice, funding through the Pupil Premium and support to make sure everyone reaches their full potential..