Teachers and professionals

Working together to support our children in, and previously in care, with their education

The Virtual School leads on the local authority’s statutory responsibilities for ‘promoting the education of looked after children and previously looked after children’ (DfE, February 2018). All children and young people in the care of Nottinghamshire County Council are tracked and monitored by the Nottinghamshire Virtual School. This includes children that attend education settings, schools or colleges outside of Nottinghamshire.

The Virtual School’s statutory role is around ensuring that all children in or previously in care, have the maximum opportunity to reach their full educational potential. For children in care, it is a way of bringing together the information about children and young people as if they were in a single school so that their progress can be tracked and supported, and intervention can be targeted. For children previously in care, the Virtual School offers advice and information to parents/carers, schools and other professionals.

The Virtual School is made up of a Senior Leadership Team and Achievement Officers who work to facilitate positive outcomes. 

Read about the structure in more detail.

We believe that the educational successes for young people are achieved when education providers:

  • have high aspirations for our children to achieve their very best and support them to prepare and succeed into adulthood
  • promote and prioritise the development of the whole child including their social, emotional and mental health
  • promote positive relationships to ensure that all children develop a sense of belonging and connection to their education community
  • build safe, trusting and nurturing relationships within their settings, based on an understanding of attachment and developmental trauma
  • promote inclusive practice and use alternatives to exclusions

The Virtual School has a key role in:

  • working with staff in schools and educational settings to build capacity, enabling them to promote the educational success and attainment of children and young people in and previously in care
  • working with and supporting Designated Teachers (DTs) to fulfil their role in their education setting
  • monitoring and tracking the attainment and progress of children in care and intervening to promote positive educational outcomes
  • ensuring that high aspirations are held by all those who are supporting and/or providing education for our children in and previously in care
  • developing and implementing a Pupil Premium Plus (PP+) statement and supporting schools and agencies around targeted and effective evidence-based intervention through Personal Education Plan (PEP) processes
  • ensuring appropriate high quality educational provision is in place and that there is no drift or delay in securing this
  • providing training and support to all professionals, with a particular regard to Designated Teachers, who may be involved in the educational journey of children and young people who are in care

In Nottinghamshire, the Virtual School believes the key to doing this well is through collaborative working with schools, families and all professional agencies.

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.

Events and Activities

NottAlone Live

  • Friday 10 February 2023
  • Nottinghamshire Mental Health Leads in schools are invited to attend this exciting event with a small number of children from your school
  • For more information and to book your space, please visit the NottAlone website.

Children's Bereavement Centre Annual Conference 2022

  • Tuesday 22 November 2022
  • 10:00am to 4:30pm
  • Castle House, 5 Great North Road, Newark, NG24 1BY

For information on the event, visit the Children's Bereavement Centre's event page:  Annual Conference 2022 | Children's Bereavement Centre (childrensbereavementcentre.co.uk)
Alternatively, please contact juliejones@childrensbereavementcentre.co.uk

Annual Conference 2022 event flyer [JPEG]

Nottingham Trent University: Visit days for specific student groups 2022-23

Upcoming events:

  • Wednesday 7 December 2022

Are you looking to attend University?

Campus visit for care experienced students:

  • When: Monday 19 December 2022
  • Time: 10am – 3pm
  • Where: Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

This on-campus event has been designed to give care experienced and estranged students a flavour of university life and explain why they might wish to consider attending university as an option for after they finish school or college. It will also address some of the misconceptions commonly held by students around affordability and access for care experienced students. Information will be specifically for care experienced students and will talk about university generally, not just NTU. It is also a chance for students to meet our current NTU students who have been in care and ask them any questions they might have.

The proposed running order for the day is below:




9.30am - 10am

Arrival and refreshments


10am - 11am

Welcome and information talk

An overview of the key information for students:

  • The benefits of attending university
  • Student finance for care experienced students (bursaries etc)
  • Contextualised admissions
  • Support available
  • Things to consider when researching courses and institutions

11am - 11.50am

Student Q&A and group discussion

A chance to ask our care experienced students any questions (anonymously if preferred) about university life.

12pm - 1pm


Everyone attending will be given a lunch voucher to use in our NTU restaurant where a number of hot and cold meal options can be selected.

1pm - 2.30pm

Campus tour

A chance for students to look around NTU City campus including our lecture theatres, specialist facilities and see our halls of residence where possible (students will still be living there!)

2.30pm - 3pm

Feedback and close



Is there parking on site?

Unfortunately, there is no parking on the City site. The NET tram park and ride is nearby and there is a tram stop outside the university. There is also on-street parking around the university along with a number of multi-storey car parks.

Take a look at the leaflet for the event.

Register to attend the event before 12 December


NCC Employability Briefings Update

The next wave of briefings are here! Opening the Doors to Employment Opportunities for Care Experienced Young People. Just ask for the relevant Briefing Flyer, and the Briefing Registration Form. To register your young people for the visits email either, Rebecca.dixon@nottscc.gov.uk or achievement@nottscc.gov.uk

An introduction to employment with Nottinghamshire Police

Find out what's it's like to work for Nottinghamshire Police

  • March/April 2023 (further information to follow)
  • Venue: Nottinghamshire Police Headquarters, Sherwood Lodge, Arnold, Nottingham. NG5 8PP

More to Follow

We have been overwhelmed by the kindness, generosity, encouragement and inspiration from local, regional and national businesses.

These employability briefings are designed to provide Looked After Children & Care Leavers (aged 16-25) with an insight into the world of employment - A starting point for further career aspiration & development.

The world of Business really is making a difference!


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