Luton’s virtual school
What is a virtual school?
Virtual schools exist to support and challenge those involved in the education of children in care.
Find out more about our virtual school and the roles and responsibilities of team members.
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Personal educational plans (PEPs)
All looked after children (LAC) must have a care plan. The PEP is part of the care plan.
Pupil Premium Plus (PP+)
PP+ funding is additional funding to help looked after children (LAC) and young people reach their potential within their educational settings.
Independent advice and guidance for young people post 16
It is the role of the personal adviser (PA) to ensure that all young people have been supported to apply for college, training, employment and help secure education, employment or training (EET) for year 12.
Find out more about the support you can expect to receive.
Admission to education provisions for looked after children
For looked after children in Luton who are of school age and require a place at an education provision, the virtual school assists social workers with securing a suitable place.
Pupil Premium Policy for looked after children 2019-20
As outlined in the 2019-20 conditions of grant, the DfE will allocate to local authorities a provisional amount of £2,300 per child looked after for at least one day.
This was recorded in the March 2017 children looked after data return (SSDA903) and relates to children aged four to 15 years as at 31 August 2016.
Luton have agreed to issue.£600 per term, per child, dependent upon a good, quality PEP being completed.
Corporate parenting principles 2018
These principles signify a more joined up approach which consider the experiences of looked after children and care leavers.
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Special educational needs (SEN) and Luton’s Local Offer
Luton's Local Offer - vision statement
Our vision for looked after children and young people with SEN and disabilities is the same as for all children and young people. Our Local Offer helps them offers access points to sources of support.
Previously looked after children (PLAC)
Previously looked after children is a collective term which refers to children and young people who have been ‘looked after’ by the local authority but have gone on to be adopted or are subject to an order.
Virtual schools conference
Information regarding the date and speakers for next year’s conference will be uploaded shortly.
We also hold regular events to celebrate success and inspire our looked after children.
The virtual school enjoys celebrating the achievements and successes of our looked after children and care leavers.
We hold two award ceremonies during the academic year.
Barney Wild Awards
These are held in the autumn term of the academic year and are for looked after children in care from pre school up to and including year 10.
Bright Star Awards
These are held in the summer term of the academic year and are for looked after children in years 11 to 13 and care leavers.
Provisional date for this year’s event is Friday 10 July 2020.
The virtual school works with the University of Bedfordshire to provide experience days for our looked after children to provide a taste of what higher education involves.
Any queries regarding Luton's virtual school funding should be directed to:
07834 617 857