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The Virtual School

6. Year 12 and onwards

How the Virtual School can help you

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 whether you are in education, training or are still undecided about your future.  

PEP meetings are held once a term until you are 18 and financial support may be available for laptops, text books and educational resources and courses.  You can also access additional support to help with course assignments, English and Maths qualifications and when difficulties arise in your education or employment.

Information, advice and guidance are available to help you find the right university, college, training course or apprenticeship and an HE specialist can help you with UCAS applications.

The Virtual School - Supporting you in Further & Higher Education

Who do we work with?

Eligible young people, aged 16 to 25, either in care to or care leavers of Buckinghamshire County Council.

What happens Post -16?

You are entitled to have a Personal Education Plan (PEP) until you are 18.

We will hold regular Post-16 Education Review meetings to help you set targets and ensure that you are receiving the support you need to be successful.

What happens Post -18?

We will continue to support your educational ambitions and aspirations on an individual basis. Please note that The Virtual School  cannot provide Alternative Education Post-16: our support is additional to your school or college place.

The Virtual School does not receive funding for laptops or tuition Post-16 but we may be able to assist on an individual basis.

How can we help?

  • Finding the right course for you
  • Review your Post-16 educational
  • options and help you identify what you  want to study.

Making your choice

  • Getting your place
  • Take the next step
  • Study something new
  • Achieve your predictions Post-16
  • Improve existing grades
  • Interviews and applications advice

Assist you to access and sustain your chosen courses in sixth-form, college or university.

Supporting your FE study

Assist you with:

  • Subject support
  • Study skills
  • Revision and exam preparation
  • Support you when difficulties arise in your education
  • Signposting you to the right support if you have Special Needs

Please note The Virtual School cannot offer subject tuition after Level 3

Help with UCAS

  • Find the right university and course
  • Support with writing your personal statement
  • Support with your student finance application
  • Advocate for you as a care leaver

Liaison

With your agreement, liaise with other  workers to support you in your studies

  • Your Social Worker
  • Your Aftercare Team PA
  • Your Connexions PA
  • School teachers and Heads of Year
  • SEN (Special Educational Needs)
  • College tutors and learner services
  • University admissions and support staff
  • Other support services
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Last updated: 17 August 2017

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