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Virtual School - Children Looked After

Improving educational outcomes

We aim to ensure that all children looked after gain swift access to appropriate educational provision, are well supported to make good progress and participate in activities and gain the skills and qualifications needed to make a successful transition to adult life. We support children from the Early Years to Higher Education.

We have very strong links with designated teachers in schools across Cumbria and also work with carers, social workers and other relevant partners to ensure that all children looked after access education and receive the additional support they need to achieve well in school.

Our current priorities are to:

  • Narrow the achievement gap between children looked after and their peers.
  • Ensure all children looked after make good progress from their starting points.
  • Ensure every child/young person who is looked after has a high quality Personal Educational Plan which sets out the actions and support to be provided.
  • Provide advice to schools on effective use of the Pupil Premium for children looked after.
  • Improve the attendance of any child looked after where this is a problem.
  • Deliver training to schools, designated teachers, carers, Children's Services personnel and other partner agencies.

Virtual School Team members with responsibility for Children Looked After

Virtual School Head

The Virtual Head provides strategic leadership for the Virtual School, acts as a champion for children looked after, monitors their progress as if they attended single school and ensures appropriate provision is in place.

Looked After Children Inclusion Officers

The Inclusion Officers work to improve the attendance and reduce exclusions of children looked after where this is an issue and to support key transitions.

Looked After Children Achievement Teachers

The Achievement Teachers track and monitor the progress of individual children through a bi-annual visit. The meeting is used to track progress, proactively support planning and intervention and provide advice re the learning needs of individual children.

In addition, either the Inclusion Officer or the Achievement Teacher may provide short term and task centred intervention with individual children looked after.

Training

Regular training is provided via bi-annual PEP training and DT Forum meetings in each district as well as bespoke training packages for individual schools.

Contacts
ContactPositionEmailTel
Penny CrudgeVirtual School Headpenny.crudge@cumbria.gov.uk07966 649158
Fraser LiveseyChildren Looked After Inclusion Officerfraser.livesey@cumbria.gov.uk07971 446143
Paula NixonChildren Looked After Inclusion Officerpaula.nixon@cumbria.gov.uk07968 545555
Kyla HopeChildren Looked After Inclusion Officerkyla.hope@cumbria.gov.uk07884 476347
Abigail ClarkeChildren Looked After Inclusion Officerabigail.clarke@cumbria.gov.uk07867 160358
Diane McSharryChildren Looked After Achievement Teacherdiane.mcsharry@cumbria.gov.uk07887 501642
Trina Charnley-MonkChildren Looked After Achievement Teachertrina.charnley-monk@cumbria.gov.uk07747 763353
Phil AskewChildren Looked After Achievement Teacherphil.askew@cumbria.gov.uk  07771 982032 
Edward StrongChildren Looked After Achievement Teacheredward.strong@cumbria.gov.uk07827 982322
Gillian SparkBusiness Support Administratorgillian.spark@cumbria.gov.uk01228 226126
Claire BatherBusiness Support Administratorclaire.bather@cumbria.gov.uk01228 226859
Jacquie CullenBusiness Support Administratorjacquie.cullen@cumbria.gov.uk01539 713501