Role of the Virtual School in Supporting Previously Looked After Children
Every local authority has a duty to promote the educational achievement of previously looked-after children in their area by providing information and advice to any person that has parental responsibility for the child, providers of funded early years education, designated teachers, and any other person the local authority considers appropriate for promoting the educational achievement of relevant children.
Previously looked-after children are defined as those who are no longer looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because they are the subject of an adoption, special guardianship or child arrangements order. The duties also extend to children who were adopted from 'state care' outside of England and Wales, if the 'state care' was provided by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other organisation whose sole or main purpose is to benefit society.
These duties apply to children who are in early years provision and continue throughout the compulsory years of education, where the child is in provision funded in part or in full by the state.
Information, advice and guidance
- Promoting the education of looked-after children and previously looked-after children - Statutory guidance for local authorities
- Designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children (PDF) - Statutory guidance on their roles and responsibilities