Virtual School for Children and Young People in Care Education Service

Mission Statement: Better and improved outcomes for children and young people in care (C&YPinC).

Corporate parent role

The council has a duty to provide a similar standard of care for C&YPinC to that which would be expected of a reasonable parent.

Corporate parenting principles

  • taking corporate responsibility
  • raising standards
  • achieving continuity and stability
  • listening to children and young people
  • giving priority to education
  • promoting inclusion
  • intervening early
  • promoting early years' experiences
  • celebrating success

Key aims of working with partner agencies to:

  • develop a culture that raises aspirations and educational standards for C&YPinC
  • raise attainment and achievement
  • promote attendance and reduce absence
  • promote positive behaviours and work to prevent exclusions
  • promote participation in additional activities which enhance achievement and development in the broadest sense

Core service includes:

  • providing information, advice and support on a range of issues; such as admissions and transition into school; behaviour and learning of C&YPinC
  • signposting' to appropriate provision and professionals
  • monitoring and tracking of children's academic progress and attendance via personal education plans (PEPs) and other systems
  • training for school governors on their statutory duties in relation to C&YPinC
  • induction for new designated teachers, newly qualified teachers and headteachers
  • liaison, support and training for partner agencies,  e.g. foster carers and social workers
  • individual casework. (Children and young people are identified for casework either as the result of a referral to the service or via the tracking systems used by the service.)

Target support for:

  • newly qualified staff, or those new to Doncaster e.g. for a first PEP meeting
  • children whose attendance or attainment drops below specific thresholds
  • school admissions for C&YPinC moving in or out of the Doncaster area

Please note: different agencies use different terms to describe Children and Young People in Care.  Common examples are:

  • ‘CLA’ (Children looked after)
  • ‘LAC’ (Looked after children)

Further information

Please follow the link below read the latest government guidance regarding the education of children in care (July 2014):

Contact us

The Virtual School / Children in Care Education Service:

Useful documents:

Please see the related documents attached in the Downloads and Resources section.

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Last updated: 09 June 2017 16:54:48