Virtual School for Children Looked After

Cumberland Virtual School is responsible for raising the educational standards of Cumberland's Children Looked After (CLA).

The Virtual School team works with schools that CLA are attending to ensure they reach their full educational potential and go on to succeed in their adult lives.

The Virtual School also provides information and advice to parents and carers, educators and other professionals of previously looked after children. 

Our aims:

  • Ensure all CLA make good progress from their starting points
  • Ensure every CLA has a high quality Personal Educational Plan (PEP) which sets out the actions and support to be provided
  • Provide advice to schools on effective use of the Pupil Premium Plus for CLA
  • Improve the attendance of any CLA where this is a problem
  • Reduce exclusions for CLA
  • Deliver training to schools, designated teachers, carers, children's services personnel and other partner agencies
  • Be a source of advice and information for parents and educators of previously looked after children

Read more about the work of the Virtual School in the latest Virtual School Annual Report (PDF 153kb)


Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)

Currently, 63% of our Cumbrian Children Looked After (CLA) have identified SEND. The Virtual School works closely with its partners to ensure that any SEND are identified and assessed without drift and delay and that high quality EHCPs are in place when required. Educational Psychologists prioritise the assessment of our children and our SEND Lead attends the EHCP panel whenever our children are being considered for statutory assessment. The PEP and EHCP work in harmony, with the PEP's termly review of educational progress feeding into the EHCP.

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