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Professional Resources

Throughout the year, the Virtual School and Corporate Parenting arrange a wide variety of participation events and activities.

Find out more about some of the regular events we organise or take a look at our upcoming events. We may also arrange other events aside from these, and will let you know on the website, in our Virtual School newsletter, foster carer newsletter and by contacting carers directly.

Children in Care Council

The Children in Care Council (CiCC) is a group of young people between 7 and 18 years old, who are cared for by Leicestershire County Council. The CiCC gives children and young people in care a say about things that really matter in their lives and a chance to shap and influence the services they receive. The CiCC meets once a month. For details, please contact 

Beacon Voices

Beacon Voices is a choir open to children and young people aged 7-18 years old, who are in the care of Leicestershire County Council. The choir perform at the annual Celebration of Acheivement Awards Event and at their Christmas concert.

Rehearsals are every week during term time (sometimes more leading up to a big performance), usually on a Monday, 5-7pm. For details, please contact 



University experience days

At various times throughout the year, local universities offer a range of educational activities.

Experience Days at the University of Leicester (Years 5 and 6) and Loughborough University (Years 9 and 10).

Short Residential Visit at University of Leicester in June (Years 8 and 9). In 2017, this focussed on the importance of studying languages at GCSE and how this will help with jobs and further/higher education for young people. The children who attended were really inspired by this.

University Experience Summer School for young people aged 16-25 takes place over two days at the end of summer term, for those who want to experience university subjects and sample the social side of university life. This takes place at our three local universities; University of Leicester, Loughborough and De Montfort University.

Child looking at dinosaur exhibit on university trip


Theatre trips

Often organised around set GCSE texts, students have the experience of seeing a live performance and will receive a book to support with their studies. We will usually go to a Christmas production too; in 2017 this was Scrooge at Curve Theatre.

George's Marvellous Medicine theatre trip, 'grandma' exhibit

Author events

Usually for younger children, these events give them the chance to meet a published author who will talk about the inspirations behind their stories and help them to develop their own characters and stories.

Music workshops

Giving students the opportunity to develop musical skills, compose, arrange and record their own songs and learn to play a musical instrument.

Collage of ideas and artwork created by students on Music Course

Tall Ships trip

This is a reward activity for young people at the end of Year 11 who have really tried hard at school and worked to the best of their ability. The trip is a five day residential spent on a catamaran, calling in at ports along the south coast of England and the Isle of Wight. As well have having great fun, students gain a Level One sailing qualification and get the chance to return the following year as a senior member.

View of sea and coastline from Tall Ships 2018 trip


Upcoming events

Year GroupDateEventDetails
Year 9 & 10Spring Term - AprilLoughborough University: Explore Campus life around the university of Loughborough campus.A good introduction to visiting a popular sports campus, meet other young people get to ask questions about campus life.
Year 9 +6 April 2019Victoria (A Ballet by Cathy Marston)Passion, tragedy, fierce devotion. Queen Victoria’s diaries revealed a life so fascinating that her daughter Beatrice tried to rewrite history. Spaces for 13 young people to see this ballet production based on Queen Victoria’s life.
Year 1118 April 2019National Citizen Service taster day, Leicester Outdoor PursuitsFind out about the National Citizen Service programme. What it is, when it takes place and where.
Year 8, 9 & 10Summer Term (late June)

Big World Residential / GEM Residential: Leicester University

2 night residential: Subjects tasters inc Languages History, Engineering and Science
To encourage young people to take up languages / Science at GCSE / A level and to keep the options available for employment / HE. To give young people an experience of university life.
Year 11 & 12June 2019Tall Ships briefing with young people and carersOpportunity to meet staff and other young people attending the trip, kit lists and more.
Year 7 & 84 JulyLoughborough university: Explore event at Loughborough college.Aimed at young carers and young people in care, giving a fun day taster day at the campus.
Year 11 & 128 - 12 JulyTall Ships residential trip

A once in a lifetime experience to reward young people for educational engagement, effort or attendance in KS4.

Young people will sail along the south coast and will have the chance to gain RYA Start Yachting award level 1 / 2
Year 11 & 13July/AugustNational Citizenship Service runs for four weeks over the summer An exciting opportunity to meet, experience glamping, and get a taste of university life, followed by community projects and a celebration event.
Years 7-11AugustMusic Course

Learn or bring your own instrument, learn how to loop music and develop a music album over the course of the week.

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