"The educational achievement of children looked after is a strength supported by a well-led virtual school" (Ofsted, July 2017)
The role of the Virtual School is defined in the Children & Families Act 2014.
The Virtual School provides advice and support to children and young people 3-19 years who are Looked After, teachers, school governors, support services, social workers, parents and carers.
We work closely with LACYP, school staff, social care, carers and other partners to increase attendance, improve progress and attainment and reduce exclusions of all Newcastle Children Looked After Children, irrespective of where they are placed. The aims of the Virtual School are to promote achievement, raise attainment and ensure equality of opportunity to enhance the life chances of all Children Looked After. The Virtual School plays a strategic role in ensuring the corporate parenting responsibilities of the Local Authority, with regard to the education of Children Looked After are met.