Opportunities and learning outside school
It is part of the statutory role of the Virtual School to provide the “support needed to help the child realise their short and long-term academic achievements and aspirations”. This includes “out-of-school hours learning activities, study support and leisure interests.....school attendance and, where appropriate, behaviour support”. The Virtual School Wider Outcomes programme and Celebration Events grew from the Achievement for All project and reflects the “importance of a personalised approach to learning that meets the identified educational needs of the child, raises aspirations and builds life chances”.
The Virtual School has a strong reputation for providing additional opportunities that benefit children and young people which helps to build confidence, self esteem and build upon individual interests, and we continue to receive feedback from young people, schools and carers that the events and additional and extra activities that we provide, have a very positive impact.
Children and young people have been able to take part in various things such as:
- Pony Camps
- ‘Build a Bike’
- Celebration events (primary and secondary achievement awards) University experience days
- Pony Camp (Which now offers work experience placements for students in Yr10 and above)
- Summer School
- Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
The Virtual School also works alongside with the following teams to offer some of the opportunities
- GCC Work It Out CiC Apprenticeship and Work Experience programme
- Active Gloucestershire
- Gloucestershire Libraries
- GCC Participation Team
- University of Gloucestershire
- Gloucestershire Corporate Parenting Committee
- Gloucestershire Archives
The focus for all activities offered both after school and also during holidays is to enable students to have the opportunity to take part in aspirational; unusual; different activities, with highly trained staff who help them to build positive relationships, develop confidence & reflective learning skills.