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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Call for NAVSH Trustees!

By Greg Houghton | October 13, 2020

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Postgraduate Study in Professional Practice

By Greg Houghton | March 3, 2020

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By Greg Houghton | March 2, 2020

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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

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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…

Webinar Programme

By Jane Pickthall | January 29, 2019

These webinars are open to anyone interested in the education of care experienced children. Places are limited so early registration is strongly advised. Monday January 28th 2019 4.00-5.00pm Using Pupil Premium Plus for enhanced CAMHS support: Patrick Ward, Virtual School Head for Lewisham Patrick will explain how Lewisham’s Virtual School has used Pupil Premium Plus to…