Foster and Residential carers

Where children and young people are being educated at home, their education setting may be directing them towards specific work/projects. The Virtual School has created some additional guidance to online learning:

The DfE has also produced a helpful list of online education resources for home education.

Working together, succeeding together

Education can change the lives of children, raise their aspirations and be the key to stability and success in later life. Our children can achieve and succeed with the support and positive relationships of all those working with them.

What is the Virtual School?

The Nottinghamshire Virtual School is a statutory local authority service whose role is to improve the education of children in, and previously in, care by supporting schools, carers, parents and social workers to help children and young people to have positive educational experiences.

The Virtual School is made up of a Senior Leadership Team and Achievement Officers. Read about the structure in more detail.

How we achieve our aims

We request, monitor and track regular updates about how our children in care are doing in their education settings. Where our children are not doing so well, we make sure that our Achievement Officers are able to work with schools and settings to support them to meet their needs.

We work to:

  • make sure children in care have an appropriate educational placement for their needs
  • encourage hobbies and attending fun and educational out of school activities
  • keep changes of educational settings to a minimum, especially during Year 6 and Year 11
  • support Children's Social Care to make sure that our children have Personal Education Plan (PEP) meetings and make sure that Pupil Premium Plus (PP+) is spent on good quality interventions

Working in partnership with carers

Foster carers and residential carers play a crucial role in the overall development of children in care. The safe and trusted relationship that they develop with the children and young people they care for is key to this success. In partnership with schools, carers play an essential role in the education of the children and young people they care for. 

Key responsibilities for carers include: 

  • taking a parental interest in the education of the child/young person placed with you; supporting, encouraging and celebrating achievement and success. 
  • understanding what curriculum is being offered to your child/young person and how well they are doing or where support is required for their learning. 
  • know when significant exams or tests are happening so you can offer support and reassurance at these times. 
  • being part of the Personal Education Plan (PEP)  meetings to support the  young person both in education settings and at home with their education. 
  • understanding the education or school's systems, for example homework and communications apps, to support educational learning at home.
  • attending parents' evenings and other education events and activities. 
  • ensuring regular attendance at their educational setting and facilitating homework. 
  • knowing who the Designated Teacher (DT) for children in care is, as they are a valuable contact and advocate for your child.
  • working in partnership with your child's social workers, Virtual School, DT and other partners to support your child to reach their potential. 

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