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Page last updated: 23/09/2020



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 Teacher



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