Children & Young People

Children and Young People in our Care

Spring 2022 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 with your school.The best plans and meetings happen when you are there, making sure your voice is heard and showing off your best work!

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, job fairs and careers support planned for 2022. Go to our Events calendar to find out more. 
  • Invite you to Cook Along sessions, Drama sessions and even interview influentual people! One of our fantastic year 11s interviewed the famous authour Alex Wheatle. Alex Wheatle MBE is also care experienced.
  • We will also 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.
  • Help if you're planning for a career in Social Care
  • 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 interactive curriculum support from 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 and other events. See our calendar of events here.  

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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Activities and News

  • Read all newsletters for 2020 and 2021 here. Get involved and write an article!
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  • Are you between 16 and 25? Download the Tower Hamlets Know Now App to find help and information about semi-independent living, training, apprenticeships and employment. Avaliable on Apple and Android
  • Aged 8-18? You're invited to Fun Day 26th July!

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