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Page last updated: 13/01/2021

Essex Virtual School Projects


Essex Virtual School and Essex Music service are working together to offer free 15 minute music lessons and a variety of music workshops. All Essex Looked after and Previously looked after children attending Essex schools.

Details on applying for the standard discount are here: Essex Music Hub discounts

Details on getting in touch for the top up funding are here: Essex Music Hub- Funding Available for Music with Looked After Children & Post Looked After Children


Songwriting for Wellbeing


Essex Music Services is pleased to announce wellbeing support for Essex Looked After Children, either individually or through their school.


  • For individual Looked After Children: Songwriting for Wellbeing course (online) – Thursdays 4-5pm

Starting on Thursday 28th January, a weekly Songwriting for wellbeing course will enable you to develop your Songwriting and singing skills in a relaxed and informal environment. Students will be able to create a group or individual original song and work towards a recording. Join us to develop your musical skills, meet other students across Essex and create something completely new!


To sign up, click here:


We will be in touch after accepting your registration with details of how to access the group class via Microsoft TEAMS.


  • For schools: Songwriting for Wellbeing – course for Primary School classes which can be delivered online in school time

For classes in school that have Looked After Children in school at the moment, we are able to deliver Songwriting for Wellbeing virtually into your classroom setting. This would be a 30 minute live lesson each week to create an original song as a class. A fantastic way to promote wellbeing, self-care, literacy and creativity. Generously funded by the Virtual School, this is free to access and great way to keep creativity and music going in your curriculum during these strange times. The sessions can be scheduled to fit in with your timetable, can be delivered on the platform of your school's choice (or Microsoft TEAMS if you do not have one) and also be accessible to students learning at home if appropriate.


Please contact Essex Music Services at  for more information or to book this service.



Essex Virtual School are working with CSS (Children's Support Service) to offer Essex schools funded training opportunities.

Many training opportunities for Essex schools that have Essex looked after children attending.

Training offered includes the following:

  • Mental Health,
  • Positive Behaviour Management,
  • Attachment Theory into Practice,
  • Effective Communication, Identify and responding to behaviour,
  • Priming and Nudging Pupils to behave, Anxiety Mapping,
  • De-escalation and Emotional Regulation as well as Behaviour Walks and Policy reviews.       


The training is fully funded so, availability is limited.

Please see booking form for more details. Booking form

If you have any questions regarding the project please do not hesitate to contact

Steve Phillips via email or on 07484083863

or - 033303 21200 /     .



Essex Virtual School have put together a briefing pack for schools and social care for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children.

  • The pack includes information on applications for :

  • school,

  • admissions guidance and information on supporting the young person during their transition to school.

We hope that you find the pack helpful.

UASC pack - August 2019

Other useful links

Fostering a Child from Overseas-Language Tips

Opportunities with UCL

Universities have Access and Widening Participation teams who support students whilst at University and also those who are considering applying who have been, or are in Care.

Please see the below information which we hope will be of help.

A free opportunity for students interested in applying to university to come into UCL and shadow a current undergraduate student to get a feel for what it’s really like at university.

Into University-

The IntoUniversity programme is designed to be a long-term academic and pastoral service for students from the age of seven to eighteen.

Your students who work with us in the FOCUS programme in your school may also be able to take advantage of our other programmes outside school.

This includes Academic Support, Mentoring and other Enrichment opportunities.

School leaflet

Primary academic support flyer

Secondary academic support flyer

Referral criteria