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We Are Family. As a carer, you are an essential part of the Virtual School team.

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Leicestershire Virtual School is run by the local authority. We exist to improve the education of children in care by supporting our family of children, schools, carers and social workers to help young people to do their best.

Education can transform the lives of looked after children, raise their aspirations and be the key to stability and success in later life. Children in care can achieve and succeed with the support and input of all those working with them.

The aim of the Virtual School is to promote educational achievement and positive outcomes for children in care, and we want you to be part of our family, so we can help them succeed together.

We support carers through foster carer training; sharing tips and strategies to help you support children you care for, aiming to help you feel comfortable and confident speaking to schools, teachers and other education professionals.

Our team of Education Improvement Officers request and monitor regular updates from schools about how children are doing at school and make sure they have good quality Personal Education Plan (PEP) meetings. The PEP sets out plans for a child’s education and helps carers, teachers and social workers to understand and plan what we can do to offer extra support if and when needed.

We also have a team of dedicated Youth Workers who provide direct support to children in care and are also involved in organising many of the Participation Events in our calendar. These are designed to give children in care the opportunity to get involved in fun and educational activities that can also help their confidence, and we'll let you know when these events are happening.

 

What we do:

Make sure children in care have a school place and access to education at the most appropriate school for their needs

Encourage hobbies and attending fun and educational out of school activities

Aim to avoid children in care changing school in Years 6 or 11, except in exceptional circumstances

Ensure regular PEP (Personal Education Plan) meetings (three times a year) and make sure the Pupil Premium Plus is used effectively

Make sure children in care are given the right sort of advice on careers or further education and encourage and support your Post-16 learning   

Support carers and social workers to take an active role in a child’s education

 

We Are Family.

Contact Us

0116 305 6097 Monday – Thursday, 8:30am – 5pm, Friday – 8:30am – 4:30pm

virtualschool@leics.gov.uk (We aim to respond to emails within 3 working days)

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