The Virtual School promotes education for Sheffield's Children Looked After. We work in partnership with a child or young person’s school (or the education establishment at which they are registered) and social worker to ensure they are supported to fulfill their potential at all stages of their education, and to give them the best opportunity to be successful in their adult lives.
Children in care are set a termly Personal Education Plan (PEP) that provides a record of attainment, progress and their educational needs. Each child in care receives an additional Pupil Premium Plus Grant, administered by the head of the Virtual School, to support the targets or outcomes set out in their PEPs.
The PEP identifies how additional funding from the Pupil Premium Grant will be spent to support positive outcomes for children in care and remove any barriers to their learning.
The Pupil Premium policy outlines how the grant is distributed to schools. Schools can apply for additional pupil premium funding in addition to the fixed amount they receive each term per child placed with them.
The Virtual School also coordinate a number of programmes and projects to support Children in Care including the 'Building Learning Power' club to support Years 5 and 6 students in readiness for SATS, the established Sheffield Reading Volunteer Programme and other partnership working with the Sheffield Music Hub and Aspire. We also work in collaboration with internal and external agencies such as our Universities, Post 16 providers, MAPs and SEND.