Who are we?
The Virtual School service is responsible for making sure Looked After Children (LAC) and Care Leavers, young people in the youth justice system, adopted children and all children with a social worker achieve the best possible educational outcomes.
The service has 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.
How can we support you?
Hackney’s Virtual School provides advice and guidance about education provision for all looked after and adopted children placed in Hackney.
The advice and support we offer includes detailed knowledge of individual schools, the admissions process and how to access additional support.
- 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.
Supporting Outcomes for Children In Need
As a result of the Department for Education’s Children In Need Review 2021 new guidance and an extension of the Virtual School role has been agreed (PDF 141KB). This includes ‘supporting educational outcomes for Children in Need’.
Hackney Virtual School has appointed 2 new Learning Managers who will be improving outcomes for these children and young people. They are here to support, bring networks together and overcome difficulties and barriers to achieving for Children in Need.
The Virtual School plans to work with schools, the Children and Families Service and Hackney Education to enhance partnerships between education settings and the local authority. This will:
- support agencies to work together for better outcomes
- identify the needs of children and young people eligible for the service and intervene to overcome barriers to poor educational outcomes
- ensure pupils reach their potential
- support and advise key professionals to help children make progress, including through increasing their confidence in using evidence-based interventions.
This will not involve direct work with children, however the Virtual School will be providing oversight and advice where required. If you would like to discuss this project further, or discuss particular issues relating to a child, please contact the Virtual School.
Record Last Updated on: 26/01/2022