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Page last updated: 04/08/2022



Welcome to Essex Virtual School. Our mission is:

To place our children and young people at the very heart of everything we do.   Championing their interests, celebrating their successes, and constantly striving to ensure that all those working around them share the highest aspirations for their achievements.  We want our children and young people to feel happy, safe, and secure in settings where they receive an outstanding educational experience that enable them to grow into confident, resilient citizens.

The Virtual School is located within 'Essex Specialist Education Services', ideally placed to work with social workers, carers, schools, and the many teams and services who all contribute in different ways to ensuring that children enjoy and achieve in their education and beyond.

The Role of The Virtual School is to:

  • Ensure our children have the maximum opportunity to reach their full educational potential.To advocate for our children with determination, energy, but also with care and compassion.
  • Provide advice and information to help schools and parents support children previously in care.
  • Provide strategic leadership for the cohort of children who have been assessed as being in need under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 and currently have a social worker and those who have  previously had a social worker (0-18 years old).

John Edgar

Headteacher, Essex Virtual School

Useful guides



A new RSE resource for foster carers created by both the Sex Ed Forum and the Foster Carers Network – supporting foster carers to talk openly with children and young people in their care about a range of RSE topics.

Start Talking - RSE a guide for foster carers |

Make it Happen events

Make it Happen- unlocks opportunities for young people across Essex by helping them make informed choices about their education and future.

Based at the University of Essex, we’re part of the Office for Students’ Uni Connect programme (formerly NCOP). We’re one of 29 national partnerships that bring together teachers from schools and colleges, with universities and other local educational partners, to offer activities, advice and information on the benefits and realities of going to university or college, to study a degree or take a degree apprenticeship.

Make it happen website

Essex Foster carers event information and booking details​​​

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