The role of the Virtual School 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.
News-Save the date- Essex Virtual School will be holding their annual conference on Thursday 9th July 2020.
News - Essex Virtual school would like to let you know about the upcoming launch of Voices 2020, the annual creative writing competition for children in care and care leavers.
The competition will open for entries on Thursday 12th December 2019 and close on Wednesday 12th February 2020. Please visit www.coramvoice.org.uk/voices for more details.
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