How The Virtual School Works

The role of Virtual School in supporting Children in Care


Gloucestershire Virtual School promotes and supports the educational attainment and progress of children and young people in care from Nursery to 18 years old, through effective collaboration with schools, social care, and other agencies.

Virtual School Aims

  • To liaise and work closely with all agencies and teams involved with children and young people in care
  • To raise the educational achievement for Gloucestershire's children and young people in care
  • To improve attendance of children and young people in care
  • To improve the accuracy of educational data for looked after children and use such data to inform intervention
  • To support access to full time educational placements
  • To develop the role of designated teachers in schools through regular training opportunities
  • To support the transition process for vulnerable children and young people in care
  • To ensure there are zero permanent exclusions children and young people in care
  • To ensure that Students are in the right educational provision
  • To reduce challenges resulting from changes of care placement or school
  • To remove barriers to engagement and good attendance
  • School staff to ensure social workers, and carers have access to high quality training so they can help learners make progress
  • To plan for success now and in the future, based on a secure understanding of students' needs
  • There is access to an inspiring range of extended learning opportunities
  • To ensure that The pupil premium plus and other resources are used effectively and impact on progress
  • To ensure Personal Education Plans are timely and of good quality
  • To ensure all children in care and care leavers receive early, appropriate, and effective advice, information, and guidance
  • To provide advice and guidance on education for Children Previously Looked After.


Ensuring that children in care receive a high quality education is the foundation for improving their lives. Current levels of attainment in all age groups still show that children in care are well behind the achievement levels of their peers.

Narrowing the gap between the achievement of children in care and all young people remains a high priority. Everyone involved in the life of a looked after child can support them to succeed in education and reach their full potential.

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