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What is the Virtual School? What do we do?
Our job, in the Virtual School, is to check out how all of our children in care are doing in their education.
We do this by asking the schools or educational settings every term how everyone is doing. When things are hard, the Virtual School achievement officers work with key people in schools and settings to ask questions to the students like:
- Are you feeling overwhelmed? How can we help to reduce this pressure?
- What might be the reason that things have got difficult?
- Is the work too easy or too hard?
- What do you want to be doing this time next year? How can we help you get there?
Communication with the Virtual School and the other adults around you
You are the person who really knows what is going on for you. As a Virtual School, we want you to have your thoughts and feelings heard. There are a number of ways of doing this. These include:
Personal Education Plan (PEP) meetings
If you are in care, the government says that your school and social worker need to work closely together to make sure that you are having a good educational experience. They need to meet regularly to make sure this is happening. This is called a PEP meeting. You are always invited to participate in your PEP meetings which should happen once a term.
If you decide not to attend there are a number of ways you can get your voice heard. Speak to your social worker or another trusted person about how to do this.
Looked After Child (LAC) Review
These meetings happen once a year, or more often if needed. Education is always discussed at these meetings and your school or education provider will attend.
Other ways to be heard
The Mind of My Own app gives you the opportunity to share your views with your social worker. If you don't already have this app ask your social worker who will be able to talk to you about this.