Find out how we support the education of children aged 0 to 19 who are in our care.
When a child/young person (CYP) comes into our care as a local authority, they become our responsibility. This is makes us their corporate parent. The corporate parent is made up of:
Every parent has high aspirations. They want to enable them to achieve their fullest potential. They want their children to have the best possible:
These children attend different schools across Torbay and in other local authorities. The Virtual School ensures that their educational attainment and progress is monitored. They are evaluated as if they attend a single school.
The role of the Virtual School has been statutory for all local authorities since 2014. We support the educational attainment of all children cared for and care experienced up to the age of 19. This starts with children in early years settings through to young people who may want to re-enter education.
Since 2018, Virtual Schools must also be there to offer advice and guidance to parents or carers of children who left care by:
The Virtual School champions our responsibilities regarding the education of cared for children. We want the gap in attainment of those children and their ‘non-cared for’ peers to get smaller.
The Virtual School works closely with other local authorities. We work together to look after:
The role of the Virtual School is supporting the education of cared for children (CFC). This includes ensuring there are effective systems in place to:
We can then make sure appropriate support is available in their educational setting.
This involves initiating, developing, reviewing, and updating the CYP’s Personal Education Plan (PEP). Working out how they may help meet the needs identified in that PEP. A PEP toolkit is available on request.