The role of the Virtual School is to promote the educational achievement of children and young people from 0 to 25 years of age in the care of Wiltshire Council.
The Virtual School acts as a champion to promote and support the education, training and employment needs of these children and young people.
The Virtual School ensures that the educational attainment and progress of children looked after by the local authority are monitored and evaluated as if those children attended a single school.
The Virtual School also has a role to promote the education of previously looked-after children through the provision of information and advice to help their parents to advocate for them as effectively as possible.
The Virtual School will:
- Promote the educational progress of looked-after children of Wiltshire Council by supporting and challenging schools, carers and all relevant partners to ensure they achieve the best possible educational outcomes and life chances
- Promote individual achievement and wellbeing by ensuring educational achievement is a priority within the lives of looked-after children
- Ensure our children and young people attend the best possible education establishments and are provided with the opportunities to progress and realise their individual potential. We will make sure their education provision caters for their needs, supports their wellbeing and recognises their success
- Track and monitor attendance, exclusions, progress and personal achievements
- Implement and review Personal Education Plans (PEPs) to raise achievement
- Work with schools to ensure Pupil Premium Plus is used effectively
- Provide looked-after children and their carers with educational advice and guidance
- Ensure intervention where it is needed to enable each young person to reach their full potential
- Provide care leavers with professional advice and guidance on education, training and employment
- Provide advice and guidance on the education of previously looked-after children
- Deliver training for designated teachers for looked-after children
- Deliver training for foster carers
- Support with studies, future pathways and work experience opportunities
- Provide a designated Virtual School Officer for every looked-after child