Welcome back for the summer term, I know this is a busy time
for you all. A copy of summer term newsletter is below with new information and updates.
Virtual School has a statutory responsibility for all Essex children in care from
Early Years, throughout their time in Primary and Secondary school and through
to post 16 further education. The role of the local authority is set out in the
DfE document ‘Promoting the Education of Looked After’ Children Statutory
Guidance for local authorities’ July 2014.
function of the Essex Virtual School is to raise attainment of children in
care. We know that children in care have underachieved and often do not match
the educational attainment of their peers. In Essex we work on a ‘school
improvement’ model that means we support and challenge schools to ensure
children in care achieve the best educational outcomes possible.
In Essex we
subscribe to the view that all our schools are members of the Virtual School
and that we have shared priorities and responsibilities to improve the
educational outcomes for all our children in care.
Our joint priorities
attainment and accelerate progress for children in care across all key stages
school attendance and reduce exclusion
- Improve the
quality of Personal Education Plans
school leadership to enhance a shared objective of improving life opportunities
access to advice, support and intervention for children adopted, Special
Guardianship Order and Child Arrangement Order to schools and families
Key Stage 4 and 5 exams
order for the Virtual School to collate the results of pupils' exams would all
schools and colleges with pupils who are in care please contact the
Virtual School with a contact and availability for a telephone call either
around examination results days or the first week of the autumn term. Results
can be emailed securely to email@example.com. With over 300
pupils in year group 11-13 it is a huge undertaking and we value your
assistance with this.
Term Time Holiday
has been a lot in the media recently in relation to term time holidays
following the Supreme Court ruling against Jon Platt. Therefore it’s a timely
reminder about Essex’s policy in relation to term time holidays for children in
care. If any school receives a request for a term time holiday, please be aware
that these should only be considered if they have been agreed by the Director
for Local Delivery in social care. If you are in any doubt, please check with
either the child’s social worker or feel free to contact the Essex Virtual School to discuss further.
Arrangements for PEPs and PPG
Stanley is currently on maternity leave. Sally Moorcock and
Tayla Johnson will be supporting the Virtual School with PEPs. In order to
ensure we can continue to support your school please email any queries or
questions on PEPs or PPG to firstname.lastname@example.org. CLA
Tracker issues, including locked accounts, pupil queries and changes to
Designated Teachers should be directed to email@example.com
Our pages are regularly updated so please pop back periodically to check the latest news and information from the Virtual School.