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 | September 4, 2018

About this guidance This is statutory guidance from the Department for Education, issued under sections 20(4) and 20A(4) of the Children and Young Persons Act 2008. This means that the governing bodies of maintained schools, academy proprietors and the designated staff member at maintained schools and academies must have regard to it when promoting the educational attainment of looked-after…

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By Jane Pickthall | September 4, 2018

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By Jane Pickthall | January 25, 2017

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By Jane Pickthall | January 12, 2017

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By Jane Pickthall | August 25, 2016

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