Children & Young People

Children and Young People in our Care

Autumn 2021 has started with brighter days and a return to school. Remember that the Virtual School is your education champion. Care may mean you change school, or worried about how to achieve something. Our job is to remove these issues, and help you to be the best you can be.

You will have a Virtual School teacher who will visit you to draw up a plan for your education.The best plans and meetings happen when you are there, making sure your voice is heard.

In school you will also have a designated teacher, called a DT. They will look at your progress, work with us, and spend a grant to enhance your education.

Whatever happens on your education journey the Virtual School is there for you.

We Will:

  • Help to find you the best schools, if you need to move
  • Help your teachers to plan for your needs
  • Pay for extra equipment to help with your learning
  • Provide fun summer activities at Gorsefield Activity Centre
  • Invite you to study support sessions planned for 2021. We will let you know about these dates in advance.
  • Invite you to meet Friends of the Virtual School at special events
  • Invite you to Cook Along sessions at Key Stage 4 to help with your independent cooking  skills. 
  • Keep you up to date on Higher Education events at UEL and other universities.If you're in years 10-13, the Schools and Colleges Team at The University of East London have a bumper crop of webinars, including academic tasters.
  • Provide home tuition and online education
  • Inform you about Higher Education and help for young people
  • Inform about the help you can expect after the age of 16
  • Provide help with extra PSHE, wellbeing and school subjects with your NEW app THVS Learn. Contact the Virtual School for your username and password
  • Each year, we invite you to a special Annual Awards Evening  

If you are in year 11 or 12 and thinking about applying to Oxford or Cambridge, visit the links here and here

There are many people who can help support you at school. Your social worker, Virtual School teacher and other professionals are always there too. If you experience any difficulties with your education, or just want some extra help, you can also get support from The Virtual School Head.

The Virtual School is the term given to the way the local authority checks that you are doing well in your education. It’s called a Virtual School because it monitors all children and young people in our care in your different schools and imagines you as pupils of one 'Virtual’ School.

Remember, your wellbeing is very important too. You can always get help and advice from Spotlight Health Hotspot.

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