Foster Carers & Residential Staff

 The Children's Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, is launching a once-in-a-generation review of the lives of children and young people. She wants to hear their views about what would make their lives happier. Please encourage your child to take part.

Your role as carer is very important to children in care, and to us at the Virtual School. Helping your child to learn and stay motivated has been a challenge. Now that your child has returned to school, how have carers and parents across the borough coped this year?

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 and thriving. 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. You have a wealth of experience to help your child to reach their full potential.


Your Virtual School teacher will be in regular contact by phone and email to ask how your child is getting on. We welcome your views. Please ask for the support you need.

Key Actions if Isolating:
  • Ensure your child has access to online education, and resources 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 extra study support for your child. See our half term Summer Study Support.
  • Provide quality training for you 2020-2021.
  • The Virtual School will also offer training on:

Wednesday 19th May 2021-Raising Aspirations (Primary) Wednesday 1st December Raising Aspirations (Secondary) Contact Halima Begum to book your place. See workshop details here.

We will also:

  • Provide a library of excellent e-learning programmes by AC Education. Contact the Virtual School 020 7364/3692 or Fadumo Said to book your course
  • Provide extracurricular and holiday activities throughout the year for your child. Watch the video below
  • Provide free webinars from AC Education to support you
  • Provide you with a code to access carer courses on your new app. Please contact Shahirul Bashar for your code to access the app: THVS Learn
  • Keep you up to date with our termly newsletters  
  • Help your young person to learn cooking skills. Contact Shahirul Bashar for updates on our future cookalong sessions.
  • Keep you up to date on university events at UEL and other universities for Years 10-13.
  • If your child is in Year 10 or 11, Take a look at the university workshops avlaible for them at The University of East London!
  • Is your child keen to get into Oxford? Oxford University is running a series of events for students in Year 11 and 12 who are considering applying to Oxford or Cambridge. Explore links here and here!

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.

Get to Know Your 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
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