The Virtual School Handbook

NAVSH-The Virtual School Handbook 2019 provides a thorough overview of the role and offers advice around different aspects of it. The main focus of a Virtual School Head is improving the educational outcomes of looked after children.

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By Jane Pickthall | January 30, 2019

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By Jane Pickthall | January 29, 2019

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