The Virtual School

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The Virtual School is a multi-disciplinary team whose aim is to raise the educational achievement of children and young people in care to Buckinghamshire. Through close collaboration across the authority and with partners, the Virtual School tracks educational progress and monitors work with children and young people in care and advises those who care for and work with them.

We also support and advise on previously looked after children; this includes children adopted and on a special guardianship order.

From September 2021 the duties of the Virtual School Head were extended by the DfE to include the strategic leadership of all children with a social worker. This will not be direct work with young people or families but supporting schools and other agencies to improve outcomes for this cohort of children.

The Virtual School has high aspirations for children in care to help them maximise their access to education opportunities and achieve their potential. The Virtual School does not replace the school or educational provision of children in care. It is an additional resource to support and challenge all those involved in the educational achievement of these children. We also offer training as part of our service.

Our statutory work involves holding termly personal education plan (PEP) meetings and managing the pupil premium grant (PPG) funding.

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Virtual School office:
01296 387047

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