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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What Works Webinars are open for registration now

By Greg Houghton | October 13, 2020

CPD for the Virtual school and beyond, improving evidence for better outcomes Webinar 1 – An introduction to research and evidence in education Webinar 2 – Introduction to What Works in Education – with the Education Endowment Foundation Webinar 3 – What Works in Education for Young People with a Social Worker

Call for NAVSH Trustees!

By Greg Houghton | October 13, 2020

Our treasurer, immediate past chair, secretary and current chair share their thoughts on the benefits of becoming a trustee of NAVSH. The year on year success of the board and the future partnerships we can use to promote our aims depend on colleagues being willing to step forward. In whatever capacity, you will have the…

Postgraduate Study in Professional Practice

By Greg Houghton | March 3, 2020

We’ve decided to run this course in 2021 entirely online.  Previously we have held face to face days in London and Manchester or Leeds but it’s unclear what the situation will be with covid 19 by next year so it makes sense to go online. Applications for this course are now closed and the course is oversubscribed. If…

Diagnostic Managers needed for NAVSH Peer Review

By Greg Houghton | March 2, 2020

Each NAVSH Virtual School Peer Review team is led by a Diagnostic Manager. The team comprises of a Lead Peer, usually a current Assistant Director and two current Virtual School Heads, making a total team of four. With such a small team it is essential the Diagnostic Manager has a specialist knowledge and understanding of…

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

By Jane Pickthall | February 3, 2019

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…

Develop and pilot a programme to support new VSHs

By Jane Pickthall | February 2, 2019

We are proud to be ambitious for our looked after and previously looked after children but in order to deliver on some of our work streams we are seeking the help of others who have a good understanding of the role of VSHs and the needs of care experienced children. If you would like more…