This section describes what the Virtual School is and what we offer, in terms of legal requirements and how we operate.
If you’re one of our children, young person or a care leaver and want a more practical page on what the Virtual School means for you and your education, look at the Your Service section, which has a page called My Education.
The Virtual School for children looked after (CLA) is a core service within Slough Children’s Services Trust (SCST). It is is not a physical building that children attend, but is a team of education specialists who are there to ensure that children looked after and children who have left care are supported and achieve their full potential at their real schools.
The service provides advice, training and support to children and young people in care, teachers, school staff and governors, education support services, social workers, residential key workers, parents and foster carers.
The service monitors the educational provision and progress of all children and young people in the care of SCST. The aim of the service is to enhance life chances of children looked after, by aspiring for them and being their education advocate through promotion of achievement and equality of opportunity.
There are approximately 200 Slough children looked after. All of these children will have experienced distress, loss and trauma which may have an effect on their development and education.
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 Virtual School Head on 01753 875920 or our Assistant Virtual School Head on 01753 690725.