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 Greg Houghton | December 14, 2020

Katharine Sacks-Jones, Chief Executive, Become Jancis Andrew, Chair, National Association of Virtual School Heads By email: 24 November 2020 Dear Ms Sacks-Jones Thank you for your letter of 18 August regarding examination cancellations, the awarding of results in 2020, and care-experienced young people. I apologise for the delay in my response. This has been…

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

THE EDUCATION OF CARE EXPERIENCED CHILDREN 2021-2022 30 credits can count towards the full MA Professional Practice course. Credits are accepted in line with Bath Spa University’s APL policy which is currently within 5 years of completion. Flexible part-time programme for busy professionals interested in the education of care experienced children. Teaching starts in September 2021 and…

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…