Educating looked-after children (virtual school)

A virtual school doesn't actually exist as a building and children and young people don't actually attend. It's a service we have to provide to promote and support the education of looked-after children (children in care) and care leavers.

The role of the virtual school is to:

  • promote education in the lives of children and young people in care
  • monitor, challenge and support the termly Personal Education Plans for children in care which should be completed by the social worker, designated teacher, foster carer and child
  • allocate and monitor the use of the Pupil Premium Grant for children in care, which is intended to help remove emotional barriers to learning and raise attainment nearer to that of their peers
  • advise, support and challenge designated teachers, other professionals and carers on educational issues
  • report to the Virtual School Management Board and our Corporate Parent Body on the educational progress of children in care
  • support children, families and schools during the transition from care into adoption
  • link with other agencies and local authorities to improve the life chances of children and young people in care
  • promote the importance of stable, supported educational placements for children and young people in care, in the most inclusive setting appropriate to the child's needs
  • liaise closely with schools and settings outside Plymouth where the city retains responsibility for their children in care
  • support and promote the educational aspirations of young adults leaving care until they reach 21 (24 if they're in higher education)

Email virtualschoolteam@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 307009 for further information about the services we provide.