AfC Virtual School Mission Statement
Our mission statement is adapted from the High Level Responsibilities as set out in ‘Promoting the Education of Looked After Children’ (July 2014). These threads are the foundation of our Annual Reporting and School Improvement Planning and are central to our ethos and actions.
• Attainment and Progress: We are committed to closing the attainment and progress gap between looked after children and their peers and creating a culture of high aspirations for them is our top priority.
• Attendance: We rigorously monitor attendance and exclusions and act promptly where there are concerns to minimise absence and reduce exclusions.
• Educational Provision: We ensure that looked after children have access to a suitable range of high quality education placement options that take account of their duty to promote their educational achievement. We champion educational stability and have strategies in place to support transition.
• ePEPs: We have robust systems to ensure up-to-date, effective and high quality PEPs which drive forward improvement.
• Training and CPD: We structure an annual training programme which aims to meet the needs of those responsible for promoting the educational achievement of looked after children.
• Pupil Premium and Funding: We have systems in place to delegate Pupil Premium Plus to our school placements and we use funds strategically to raise attainment and improve pupil wellbeing. We routinely monitor the impact of this spending to enhance student outcomes.
• Communication and Working with Others: We work together with partners, including the CiCC, to ensure that the educational achievement of children looked-after by the authority is seen as a priority by everyone who has responsibilities for promoting their welfare. We routinely update our records so that effective information, reporting and data systems are in place.
• Previously Looked After Children: We provide information and advice to adoptive parents and guardians and we support schools in helping previously looked after children to achieve their full potential in education.
• The HUB: The Transition Hub research project is a feasibility study investigating whether adolescents new to care (or who experience a placement breakdown) can experience greater stability in their school and care placements as a result of a pilot Transition Hub research project.
• Virtual College: The college was established to; Create Pathways for students from 16-25. Increase the uptake of Apprenticeships. Create an Executive Board to disseminate awareness of the needs of care leavers across our Universities, Colleges and Business arenas. Reduce the incidence of children not in education employment and training (NEET)