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About The Cornwall Virtual School

What is the Virtual School?

We are Cornwall Council’s Virtual School for children in care (CiC). We also have provision for previously looked after children (PLAC). The school exists to improve the education of these vulnerable children. It is a cross-phase school and our learners range from 2 to 18 years.

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Our learners attend real schools/settings. The Headteacher or Designated Teacher (DT) of each real school provide us information.  We track each young person. Our team also tell you what support is available to help learners achieve.

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Many individual children and young people in care or having left care, enjoy and do well at school. But, as a group, they may not perform as well in their education as their peers.

Each Local Authority (LA) in England has to appoint someone to promote achievement in looked after children. This is our statutory duty, since 2014. This extended in 2018 to include previously looked after children. In Cornwall, we have a Virtual School Headteacher. Their job is to review how children and young people are doing. And to put in place systems to support and challenge schools and other agencies to help them do better.

The Virtual School works across Cornwall Council and involves many different departments. We also work with external organisations. We aim to deliver the best possible education for children and young people in care.

Our school includes four groups of children and young people who are:

  • Cornish children in care and care leavers educated in Cornwall
  • Cornish children in care and care leavers educated in another Local Authority
  • Children in care/care leavers looked after by another LA but educated in Cornwall
  • Previously looked after children
  • Adopted previously looked-after children. Or those under special guardianship orders (SGO) or child arrangement orders (CAO)

We listen to the voice of our young people. We do this by including them on our Governing Body. We ask them to be part of interview panels and monitor what we deliver as a school. We listen to what they tell us in their Council forums.

  • We work with Designated Teachers to track individual children’s progress. This includes attainment and attendance.
  • We provide guidance on individual situations. We achieve the best possible outcomes for this group of learners
  • We provide training to Designated Teachers. And named vulnerable groups Governors. To view our training, please visit School Messenger (log in required).
  • We pay the CiC Pupil Premium Plus funding to settings. (If an up to date PEP form plus current progress, attainment and attendance data have been logged on the Welfare Call EPEP database).
  • We advise Social Workers on choice of schools. And on specific issues relating to the education of these learners.

  • We attend as many first and transition Personal Education Plan (PEP) meetings as possible. As well as PEP meetings where we discuss complex issues for CiC

  • We train and update Social Care staff on educational issues

  • We advises Carers on specific issues relating to education of their child
  • We offer training on educational issues and updates