The Virtual School

The Virtual School in Buckinghamshire is not a physical building that children attend, but is a team of education specialists who are there to ensure that Looked After Children and children who have left care are supported and achieve their full potential at school. We are a part of Buckinghamshire County Council.

We have high aspirations for children in care, and support and challenge all those involved in their education through close collaboration across the authority; our team of 20 experienced educational staff work directly with schools, social workers, foster carers and the young person in order to improve their educational achievements.

There are approximately 500 children in care from Buckinghamshire. All of these children will have experienced distress, loss and trauma which may have an effect on their development and education.

Information for carers and educational settings

All looked after children must have a care plan, of which the Personal Education Plan (PEP) is an integral part.

Information about Personal Education Plans (PEPs)

If you are aged 16-25 and in care, or have been in care for at least thirteen weeks since the age of 14, the Virtual School can support you.

Support for young people aged 16 or over

Adopters and Special Guardians

We also provide advice and guidance to schools and families of adopted children who were previously in care. 

If you are an adoptive parent or special guardian and you have queries regarding education or the pupil premium please contact our Post Order Education Workerthevirtualschool@buckscc.gov.uk / 01296 387047 .

Pupil Premium Plus for adopted children

Local Offer

Information about our offer to SEN children is available on the Buckinghamshire Family Information Service (BFIS).

View the BFIS Local Offer area

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Last updated: 27 March 2017

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