News: DfE Guidance Documents out for Consultation.

The Statutory Guidance for local authorities, ‘Promoting the education of looked after children and previously looked after children’ and for designated teachers, ‘The designated teacher for looked after and previously looked after children’ are now out for consultation. The DfE are particularly keen to hear from designated teachers as unlike VSHs, they do not have a collective voice.  The closing date for responses is the 27th November. The ‘Corporate Parenting Principles’ are also out for consultation. 

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The National Association of Virtual School Heads is charity whose aims are: 

To advance education for the public benefit in the care and education of looked after children (and previously looked after children) and care leavers by the undertaking of research for the public benefit and the dissemination of the useful results thereof.

To promote the care and education of looked after children (and previously looked after children) and care leavers in particular, but not exclusively by, the provision of education and training for those employed in provision of care for looked after children. 

The Charity Commission number: 1166708


Local authorities have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of any child looked after by them.

This includes a particular duty to promote the child’s educational achievements

The National Association of Virtual School Heads exists to improve educational outcomes for looked after children by working with partners and commissioning research to ensure that the educational needs of looked after children are better understood. 

All local authorities in England are required to have a Virtual School Head.

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