Virtual school for children in care

What is a Virtual School

The Virtual School supports and challenges all those involved in the education of looked after and previously looked after children. 

The Virtual School is not a physical environment. It works in close collaboration with colleagues from the child’s educational provision to promote positive educational outcomes of Hull’s vulnerable children by-

  • improving the educational achievement of looked after and previously looked after children
  • maintaining a register of all looked after children placed in and outside of Hull and monitor admissions, attendance and exclusions to enable support where appropriate 
  • supporting children, social workers and carers from Early Years to Further Education
  • helping to accelerate decision making where several agencies and teams are involved with a child

All children and young people in the care of us belong to the Virtual School as well as their allocated school or provision whether it is in Hull or out of county. 

The Virtual School provides educational expertise around the issues that have an impact on children in care and it functions to maintain the focus on the child’s high aspirations and their educational achievement whilst providing sound advice with an appropriate level of challenge to drive improvement. 

By working together we strive to support schools, social workers and carers to ensure good practice is circulated by-

  • ensuring there is robust Personal Education Plans (PEP) in place for looked after children with SMART targets and learner outcomes through monitoring
  • supporting designated teachers, social workers and carers through training, termly network meetings and newsletters
  • supporting decision making where multi agencies and teams are involved with a young person
  • ensuring that school placements continue wherever possible and support transition when there is a change of placement

The Virtual School Team will endeavour to make sure that schools and social workers hold Personal Education Plan (PEP) meetings in line with guidance and a member of the Virtual School will attend the PEP meeting, especially where there are issues which are proving particularly challenging in helping the young person to ‘close the gap’ with their peers.  

Support Available from the Virtual School

Education Coordinator Support

The Virtual School Education Co-ordinators work with the most complex cases with regards to educational engagement, progress and attainment.  

If the interventions the school is putting in place for the child are not having an impact or if there are circumstances which are impacting negatively on the child and affecting their attendance, engagement and progress in school, the social worker can request an Education Co-ordinator Referral Form from the Virtual School. Education Co-ordinators often work with children and young people at risk of permanent exclusion.

Contact the Hull Virtual School

By email - virtualschool@hullcc.gov.uk
Alternatively by calling 01482 615 606