was published at the beginning of July.

There is praise for the work of Virtual Schools Heads, an appreciation of the impact mental health needs have on learning and most importantly a change in the narrative around outcomes for looked after children.
Read the full NAVSH response here.


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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  • Derbyshire Virtual School – National Pupil Premium Plus Runner Up We were so impressed to hear about Derbyshire's success at the Pupil Premium Awards we asked their VSH to tell us all about it...A Guest Blog by Kim ...
    Posted Aug 29, 2017, 4:44 PM by Jane Pickthall
  • Helen White DfE Lead on Children in Care Conference Speech March 2017 Due to the terrorist attack at Westminster Helen was unable to attend the NAVSH Conference but kindly shared her speech with us. I would like to start by taking you ...
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  • Incoming NAVSH Chair Jane Pickthall's Conference Speech March 2017 As I take over as chair of the National Association of Virtual School Heads I am grateful to have benefited from Alan’s assured leadership whilst vice chair. The aim ...
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