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

University of Nottingham: visit days for specific student groups 2021-22

These visit days are specifically for students who are interested in finding out more about university and who belong to one of the following groups:

  • Care experienced students
  • Estranged students
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Young carers

You will have the opportunity to visit our University Park campus, talk to a member of staff and current students, and find out more about topics such as finance, student support and university-level study.

Upcoming events:

  • Thursday 11 November 2021
  • Thursday 30 June 2022

Book a Specific Student Groups Visit | University of Nottingham - Widening Participation


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 Boots

  • Wednesday 27th July 2022 from 10:30 am 
  • Venue: D90 Building, Thane Road, Beeston, NG9 IBS

A Focus on Employment in the Construction Sector with Keepmoat Homes

It’s not just about bricklaying and plastering!

  • Wednesday 10th August 2022 from 1:00 pm
  • Venue: Chase Farm, Arnold lane, Gedling. NG4 4HE

A Focus on Employment in the Construction Sector with Balfour Beatty

It’s not just about bricklaying and plastering!

  • Tuesday 27th September 2022 from 9:00 am
  • Venue: To Be Confirmed

An introduction to employment in the Leisure and Tourism Sector with Center Parcs

  • Tuesday 27th September 2022 from 9:00 am
  • Venue: Sherwood Forest Holiday Village, Newark NG22 9DN

An introduction to Employment with Amazon

The initial site visit left Rebecca and myself with one word to describe the experience; wow!

  • Tuesday 4th October 2022 from 11:00 am
  • Venue: Amazon EMA2, Summit , Park, Sherwood Way South, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 4 AP

An introduction to employment with Sainsbury's

  • Tuesday 11th October 2022 from 5:00 pm
  • Venue: Colwick Superstore - Road Number 3, Colwick, Nottinghamshire. NG4 2JN

A Focus on employment with Nottingham Forest Football Club

A football club is so much bigger than a football player.

  • Day/Date to be confirmed
  • Venue: Nottingham Forest Football Ground

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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