Research shows that pupils who attend school regularly achieve higher grades than those who do not.
For a child in care, school can be the only constant in their life, and a point of stability and security. The Virtual School works to ensure that every child in care has an appropriate full-time programme of education and is committed to working with schools, carers, other professionals and young people themselves to overcome obstacles to regular attendance and ensure positive educational outcomes for our children in care. The Virtual School has high expectations of our children and encourages full attendance and punctuality.
We expect Carers to promote and support full attendance at school, and to avoid absence, unless absolutely essential.
Carers should try to arrange appointments and meetings outside school time wherever possible.
To address any attendance issues, we ask that schools:
The Virtual School does not support holidays in term time.
Carers should not take children & young people in care out of school for holidays during term time. Social care will not give authorisation for children’s holidays during term time, unless in very exceptional circumstances. If a carer feels that exceptional circumstances apply in such a case, they should submit a request to their child’s social worker, who will forward the request in writing to the Virtual School Head. As the authorising officer on behalf of the local authority, the VSH will consider the request and provide a written response to the social worker within 10 working days of receipt of the request. The VSH will discuss the request with the child’s school and other managers and arrive at a decision.