Early Years settings

Research shows that children under 5 who attend an early years educational setting from the age of 2 have significantly better outcomes up to the age of 16 and beyond.

As a Virtual School, we believe that it is essential that CLA are placed in early years settings as soon as possible as this promotes positive educational outcomes. CLA can access a free early years place from the term after their second birthday, supported by their social worker.

Once a CLA is on role at an early years setting, let us know. This ensures that the setting receives appropriate practical and financial support.

 

Call Lesley Harnden from Virtual School on 01442 453039.

 

We have a new early years electronic personal education plan (ePEP) for children who are under 5 and not in Reception. As well as being used as a tool to improve educational outcomes for children looked after, by addressing identified learning needs and the wishes and views of the child/young person, we hope that the new early years ePEP will also ensure that useful information will be passed to schools to ensure a smooth transition. 

 

Primary schools

The Primary team offers support and guidance to primary schools, where Hertfordshire Children Looked After (CLA) are on roll, both in Hertfordshire and across the UK. We also advise colleagues across Children’s Services and so our Education Advisers are also often well placed to connect professionals between services.

We make visits to all schools to discuss the educational provision for CLA , alongside strategies to support young people to ensure the best progress and outcomes for each child. We also run training for designated teachers and other members of staff working with CLA. We work closely with colleagues in the Early years and Secondary phases to ensure effective transitions at each stage.

Self evaluation forms

Good practice school case studies

 

Spring 2018 Guide to Pupil Premium reviews (CLASEF Part 3)

EPEP rag rating January 2018

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Secondary schools

The Secondary team offers support and guidance to secondary schools and middle schools deemed as secondary, where Hertfordshire Children Looked After (CLA) are on roll, both in Hertfordshire and across the UK. We also advise colleagues across Children’s Services and so our Education Advisers are also often well placed to connect professionals between services.

We offer all schools a termly visit where provision for CLA will be discussed with strategies to support young people and how these can be implemented within school. The nature of all secondary schools can differ and so we are keen to understand each setting and appreciate the time you can give us to then in turn support you. We also offer training and support to carers and CLA around revision which is designed to complement the work undertaken by schools.

Self evaluation forms

 

Spring 2018 Guide to Pupil Premium reviews (CLASEF Part 3)

EPEP rag rating January 2018

PowerPoint and notes from the Secondary Headteachers and Ofsted Review Meeting February 2018 (ZIP 1.52MB) Opening in a new window 

Special Schools

Our Education Adviser team offers support and guidance to special schools, where Hertfordshire Children Looked After (CLA) are on roll, both in Hertfordshire and across the UK. We run training for Designated Teachers and other members of staff working with CLA, and we also advise colleagues across Children’s Services, making our Advisers well placed to connect professionals between services.

We visit schools to support the Designated Teachers and discuss the educational provision for CLA and strategies to ensure the best progress and outcomes for young people. We also work closely with colleagues in the Early Years and Secondary phases to ensure effective transitions at each stage.

Where CLA have complex needs, we commission professional partners to carry out annual keep-in-touch visits. They have expertise in working with pupils to make small step progress. Our partners work with the Education Adviser Primary and Secondary team.

Stories from our Special Schools Best Practice Discussion Day

We arrange 'Best Practice Discussion Days' annually to enable colleagues from special schools to share innovative practice.

We held one in March 2018 - these documents share the best practice which was discussed.

Best Practice Discussion Day presentation (Powerpoint 2.6mb) Opening a new window

Woolgrove example of  best practice (PDF 268kb) Opening a new window

SEN support - what works (PDF 2.31mb)

Post 16

The Virtual School 16+ Service plays a vital role in supporting other professionals, carers and young people who are Care Leavers from Hertfordshire in respect of education, training and employment. Education and training can be the key to ensuring young people make the transition to full independence positively and in employment.

We will work in partnership with colleagues in social care, carers, young people, colleges/universities and training providers.

 

High education booklet (PDF 1mb)

Pupil Premium Plus application form

Designated Teachers

Documents from our Annual Designated Teacher Training Conference

Summer briefings