Cheshire West and Chester Virtual School

What we do

The Virtual School in Cheshire West and Chester works alongside each child’s setting to ensure the best possible educational outcomes. The Virtual School team seeks to support and challenge through a multi professional approach to enable the education gap between Children in Care and their peers to be closed.

The Virtual School has a dedicated adviser to provide guidance and support for Previously Looked After Children and their families as well as advice and guidance for educational settings. (Adoption, Care Orders and Special Guardianship Orders.)

The aims of the Virtual School are:

  • to provide high quality education including pre-school learning experiences
  • to support high aspirations
  • to improve educational outcomes
  • to increase opportunities to access further and higher education
  • to encourage wider participation in the Personal Education Plans

To achieve our aims we will provide:

  • support to ensure that every child and young person in care, from birth to 25, has an up to date termly Personal Education Plan
  • guidance and support to ensure the best possible use of Pupil Premium Plus (PP+) and Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)
  • advice and guidance in securing appropriate education provision for children in care in Cheshire West and Chester
  • training opportunities for designated teachers and school support staff, foster carers, social workers and other appropriate professionals
  • advice on education issues and sign post to other relevant education teams
  • advice on all transitions of children and young people
  • up to date information on the educational assessments and progress of children and young people in the care of Cheshire West and Chester Council

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