What is the Virtual School?
It is the responsibility of the Virtual School to make sure everyone in care, who is in school, is achieving their best. Every child in Northamptonshire is appointed an Achievement Officer from the Virtual School, who regularly reviews their progress, reads their Personal Education Plans (PEPs) and may also attend their PEP meetings. You may not meet your Achievement Officer, but they are looking out for you from behind the scenes. They will speak to your school if you should be doing better and try to find ways to support you, so that you can achieve your full potential.
What is a Personal Education Plan (PEP)?
Your PEP is an important document which looks at the progress you made last term, where you are now and your future targets. Meetings will be held to discuss how to support you so that you can get the best out of your education.
Before your PEP meeting, your school will complete some sections ready to be discussed at the meeting and you will be asked for your input too.
Other people who will attend the PEP meeting may include your Designated Teacher (DT), your parents, your carers, your social worker, your Achievement Officer from the Virtual School and your Independent Reviewing Officer.
You can also attend the meetings if you would like to. We want to make sure that you don’t miss out on any opportunities, so that you can do whatever you want to do as a career when you leave school.
Pupil Premium Plus (PP+)
If it is decided that you need extra support; for example extra lessons, then a Pupil Premium Plus Grant (PP+) is available to your school to help fund this.
The Virtual School organises a variety of 8 week courses for children of all ages in care. Whatever your interests, it is worth checking out if there is a course for you: drama, sports, media, maths …
Transport is supplied and paid for, so you don’t even have to worry about how you’ll get there!
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If you are interested in this, make sure you mention it at your next PEP meeting.
Further and higher education