KCA recognises that Virtual Schools play a critical role in ensuring that schools meet the needs of the most vulnerable children and young people.
It is a statutory responsibility for the local authority in England to appoint a Head of Virtual School to be responsible for ensuring that the educational needs of children in care are given priority, and that these most vulnerable children and young people can get the benefits of educational success. The Virtual School has great responsibilities, limited budgets, and must engage effectively with the increasingly diverse range of establishments that provide education for children and young people in England.
KCA has been working alongside Virtual Schools to ensure that limited budgets can be put to optimal use, and to enable the Virtual School to become a valued and effective resource for school improvement. Key knowledge areas include:
- Meeting the needs of vulnerable children and all children
- Trauma-informed practice
- Adolescence and transitions