Foster Carers & Residential Staff

Your role as carer is very important for children in care. Helping your child to learn at home has been challenging, and now it's time for them to return to school. How have carers and parents faced the challenge of learning at home?

The Virtual School is here to support you and your child. We provide learning tools and a qualified teacher as an advocate. A Virtual School teacher can help and advise you to make the best decisions for your child. You will have questions about your child returning to school; here are some of the answers to those questions.

At the Virtual School we work with our students, schools and families to provide the support needed to help our children become independent adults. It is crucial to be ambitious for your child so they can reach their full potential.


Your Virtual School will be in regular contact by phone and email to ask how your child is getting on.

Key Actions if Isolating:
  • Ensure your child has access to online education, provided by their physical school
  • Have a contact for your child's designated teacher in their school.

The Virtual School will:

  • Take an active interest in your child's learning and wellbeing
  • Provide resources to help you to support your child’s learning at home 
  • Provide quality training for you 2020-2021
  • Provide excellent e-learning programmes by AC Education. Contact the Virtual School 020 7364/3692 or
  • Provide extracurricular and holiday activities, throughout the year, for your child. Watch the video below.
  • Provide free webinars from AC Education to support you
  • Keep you up to date with our termly newsletters Autumn 2020 1 and 2

It's important when working with your child’s school to:

  • Take an active interest in the child’s homework
  • Encourage your child to study. See study dates and other events here
  • Support your child’s attendance at school
  • Advocate for the child’s needs by making sure your views are heard. Completing your carer views form with your child's social worker, or a Virtual School teacher will help us to understand more about what your child needs. 

PEP meetings are a great way to have direct conversations with your child's school and with the Virtual School. You will always be listened to and form part of the plan to help your child.

Education Champions

The role of the education champion include:

  • Helping you to engage with the education of your child
  • Helping you understand your role in deciding what is best for your child
  • Attending PEPs with you to help you discuss your childs needs

If you feel you need support from an education champion, please contact the Virtual School. 020 7364 3692

Practical tips for you to support children with their learning:

  • Tell the school about changes or problems
  • Help your child to talk about any worries and speak on their behalf when appropriate
  • Help your child to voice their hopes for their future in their school
  • Encourage your child to develop their talents and recognise their achievements, no matter how small
  • Attend parents’ evenings and invite the birth family where appropriate
  • Support school policies
  • Take an interest in the activities of the school
  • Complete homework diaries and reading records.
  • Support homework by reading with your child, offering advice and making sure set tasks are completed
  • Support school events
  • Make sure you know the timetables and arrangements for exams
Influence policy and develop and improve services for looked after children and care leavers Promote individual achievement, health, and well-being.


  • Training Brochure 2020-2021
  • COVID-19 Advice
  • Education Support Pack
  • Read our FIRST Virtual School Newsletter here.