Parents and Guardians of Children Previously in Care

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? 

Nottinghamshire Virtual School is a 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. Previously looked after children (PLAC) are those who are no longer looked after by their local authority (in England and Wales) because they are the subject of an adoption, special guardianship or child arrangements order.

The aim of the Virtual School

The aim of the Virtual School is to promote educational achievement and positive outcomes for children in care and previously in care. By working in partnership with schools, parents, carers and social workers, we can help our children succeed together.

Nottinghamshire Virtual School has extended its role to include supporting children previously in care, by offering advice and information for parents and professionals. We have done this in two ways:

  • having an Achievement Officer to respond to emails and messages each day.
  • developing resources. We are currently researching links and resources to develop the website and enable us to best support parents and professionals.

Workshops for Parents and Guardians

This academic year, we are running another three workshops for parents of children who have previously been in care. The first of these workshops has just been delivered.

The second of the workshops is called ‘Understanding Anxiety and Change (transition)’ and will be delivered face to face at The Newstead Centre on Thursday 10 February 2022 at 10am to 1pm. The workshop will be delivered again during the evening of Wednesday 30 March 2022 at 5.30pm to 8.30pm online.

This workshop will focus on the impact of Anxiety on children and young people's emotional responses particularly at times of stress and consider strategies which can support managing these anxieties. There will be opportunities for discussion with other parents/carers and also practical strategies to take away from the workshop.

Please use the following link to book a place.

The final workshop is called ‘Developing Children and Young People’s Emotional Literacy Skills as well as their reading (literacy) skills’ and will be delivered face to face at

  • Thursday 26 May 2022, 10am to 1pm at The Newstead Centre.
  • Thursday 30 June 2022, 5.30pm to 8.30pm online.

This workshop we will introduce the Paired Reading Approach to developing children’s reading and then consider the importance of story and metaphor in teaching children and young people about understanding their own emotions and emotional responses and those of others.

Mental Health

For information, advice and where to access support for mental health, visit Local mental health advice and help for young people in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire at NottAlone.


Upcoming Events

Summer Roadshow 2022

Are you aged between 8 to 16? Join us for a free roadshow event to learn more about the police and other organisations. Learn new skills for the future and take part in fun activates. See below for more information or view our Summer Roadshow event poster [PNG]

  • When: Tuesday 23 August 2022
  • Time: 10:30am to 3pm
  • Venue: Victoria Embankment, The Meadows, 2 Atlas Street, Nottingham, NG2 2AA

Book a place on the Summer Roadshow

Summer Holidays 2022

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Contact us

Contact the Virtual School if you need any more information:

We are always look to update and make our website more user friendly, If you have any suggestions or ideas please get in touch. 

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