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The role of the Virtual Sch​ool is to promote the educational achievement of children in care, whether educated in Essex or placed out of authority, through having high aspirations and working to close the attainment gap between those children and their peers. This is achieved, similarly to a real school, by maintaining an accurate roll of all children in the care of Essex County Council and monitoring attendance daily along with termly progress and attainment. The Essex Virtual School team also provides advice and information to support children who were previously looked after and are now subject to adoption orders, special guardianship orders and child arrangement orders. This aspect of the team’s work has been in place for two years and became a statutory ​requirement of all Virtual Schools in England in September, 2018.​

 Natalie Stephenson - Virtual School Head

News-As of January 2020, Essex Virtual School moved the PEP system to Welfare Call  EPEP. Click here for more details.
The Summer Reading Challenge, £10 One 4 All voucher. Click here for more details.

Covid-19/ School closures -  Essex Youth services online activates - Opportunities and Activates

We have redesigned these pages to make navigation much easier. Please share your experience of using the site using the contact form below. We have added a link back to the home page - simply click on the Virtual School logo on any page.
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