Educating Merton’s Looked After Children
Merton's Virtual School (VS) for Looked After Children (LAC) and Care Leavers, aims to ensure that there are high aspirations for all children and young people in public care.
The VS provides support and challenge to all those who work with LAC and Care Leavers in order to promote their educational achievement and to make sure they reach their potential. This includes children looked after by Merton wherever they access education, and those children looked after by other boroughs attending schools and educational settings in Merton. The service also supports young people to continue in education and training beyond age sixteen. There are currently 16 care leavers attending University.
We are very proud to announce that in its recent Inspection of Merton Council children’s services, (August 2017) Ofsted highlights that:
“Children and young people receive good support from the virtual school wherever they live. Staff maintain good oversight of the progress of children looked after. They know the circumstances of individual children and use this information very effectively to work with others, such as social workers, carers and schools, to plan the support that children need to make progress in their learning. The large majority of children looked after (96%) go to a school judged good or better by Ofsted. When they do not, staff carefully consider whether the setting is meeting the individual needs of children”.
For more information on the work of Merton’s Virtual School contact the head teacher: Kathy.firstname.lastname@example.org.