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Virtual School for Looked After Children

Hackney Learning Trust,
1 Reading Lane,
E8 1GQ
Telephone: 020 8356 5016


Who we are: 

The Virtual School is responsible for ensuring that Looked After Children (LAC) and Care Leavers achieve the best possible educational outcomes.

The service consists of a multi-disciplinary team that work with Young People, schools, colleges, social workers and foster carers to support young people through school and into further or higher education, employment or training.

What we do:

Hackney’s Virtual School provides advice and guidance about education provision for all looked after and adopted children placed in Hackney. The offer includes a detailed knowledge of individual schools, the admissions process and how to access additional support within the wider network.

The service provides:

  • A bespoke service that provides support to young people in educational settings
  • Additional learning experiences
  • Support with school moves
  • Advice and guidance on educational pathways
  • Training to schools, social workers and foster carers on educational issues.

Record Last Updated on: 09/05/2018

Time / Date Details

Session Information

Term time learning support for children and young people in educational settings.
Year round support for looked after children and care leavers aged 16 -25 to access education, employment or training.

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Who is eligible?

All young people who enter the care system are eligible to receive a service.

Referral required?


Referral Details

Referrals via the Virtual School's Head - Nick Corker

What to do if you have a complaint

If you have any feedback about the service you received – something you like or are not happy with; then do talk about it with the worker or manager in the service, so that they can look at how they deliver their service.

If you have a situation that you are still not happy about then you can raise it formally as part of the London Borough of Hackney complaints procedure; click here for more information.

Can parents & young people buy this service as part of their SEND personal budget?


How to Get Here

Buses: 30, 38, 48, 55, 106, 236, 242, 253, 276, 277, D6

Train: London Fields, Hackney Central, Hackney Downs

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Disclaimer-important information about the Hackney Local Offer

Hackney's Local Offer website is a free and impartial service provided by the London Borough of Hackney in partnership with the NHS, local education, health and community services. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that may be available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the London Borough of Hackney or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information. Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damages whatsoever arising from use or loss of use of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of the Hackney Local Offer.

Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.

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