Luton Borough Council

About Luton’s virtual school

 

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​What is a virtual school?

Luton's virtual school is a service provided by dedicated professionals within the People directorate, whose work is to promote and coordinate educational support for looked after children and care leavers.
 
It is not a physical school but it brings together educational information about each young person as if they were in a single school so that:
  • progress can be tracked
  • support can be identified and offered
  • additional resources provided if necessary

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​​Who we are and what we do

The team works with the other professionals to ensure that young people in care to Luton have the opportunities to reach their potential within their place of learning. These include:
  • education settings
  • social workers
  • carers
  • other professionals

The personal education plan (PEP) helps to focus everyone involved to provide support for the young person and to identify any gaps which need attention.

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The head has a statutory responsibility to ensure that arrangements are in place to:

  • improve the educational experiences and outcomes for our young people
  • ensure that attainment is monitored and tracked
  • ensure that the educational experience of all looked after children by Luton is seen as a priority to everyone who has responsibilities for promoting their welfare

Michelle Wright

An education coordinator provides advice and guidance to those who have responsibility for a looked after child and previous looked after childred. The coordinator also:

  • has an overview of all casework
  • manages school placements for looked after children
  • deputises for the virtual school head when required

Sandy Hamilton-Clarke and Mandy Chancellor

Advisory teachers work collaboratively with education settings, social workers and carers to:

  • promote educational achievement and attendance of looked after children
  • encourage effective inclusion
  • maximise positive outcomes

The teachers have specific responsibilities for data and reporting on the quality of electronic personal education plans (EPEPs).

Veronica Milton and Tracy Jordan

Advisory education support workers work collaboratively with education settings, social workers and carers to:
  • promote educational achievement and attendance of looked after children
  • encourage effective inclusion
  • maximise positive outcomes

Senior admin provides support in all administrative areas of the school, coordinates the PEP system and analyses data.

Graham Tarling and Suchma Malhi

Personal advisers provide education, employment and training advice for:

  • looked after children in years 11 to 13
  • care leavers up to the age of 25 years

The senior education psychologist provides advice, guidance and support on individual cases referred to her by the team or social workers.

Consultation and training is provided on attachment and trauma to young people and their carers and training is available for schools.

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Statutory guidance for local authorities

The Department for Education has issued statutory guidance for local authorities about promoting the education of looked after children and previously looked after children.
 
It's issued under section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970, which means we must be follow it, unless there are exceptional circumstances that justify departing from it.
 

Read statutory guidance

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