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THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL TEAM
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The Virtual School Team

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About us

We make sure that all Children Looked After (CLA) and previously looked after (POST CLA) get an appropriate education to meet their needs and help them fulfil their potential.
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Virtual School Team – COVID 19 changes (July 2020)

COVID 19 has had a significant impact on the delivery of our usual support to schools. Our looked–after pupils may find changes in their usual routine particularly challenging. Schools are all facing a rapidly changing working environment whilst working hard to create a safe and supportive setting for our children and young people.

The Virtual School Team, along with other support services, paused their support sessions in schools when they changed their working model in March. Staff moving from school to school was not appropriate or safe.

Our Virtual School Team has had a number of developments over the last three months with increased numbers of children, reduced staffing numbers and differing school models. These combined have resulted in a need to move to a different way of providing support when schools start with wider reopening. The Virtual School Team will not be offering direct support sessions in the volume previously found in your schools.

We will be working towards a new interim model of support whilst we await clarity on school models and how the wider education system and support services will develop following COVID 19.

The Virtual School will be focussing on three key areas.

1. Transition - for children changing key stage or moving into significant year groups.
  • Reception and Year 1
  • Year 6 and Year 7
  • Year 11 and Year 12

2. Attendance – working with children and families to get them into your setting and accessing the quality teaching available to them.

3. Person Education Plans – Using PEPs as the statutory vehicle to plan meeting the changing needs of our children.

Over the last few weeks of the Summer term we will be developing new documentation to support PEPs and Pupil Premium Plus. Please check this page for updates.

Your usual links to the team may differ in the new school year. All queries should go to the Virtual School Team administrative mailbox. admin.virtualschool@wigan.gov.uk
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Who we are

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What we do

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Access to Pupil Premium Plus

Please be aware that pupil premium provision maps are only required for schools educating Wigan children looked-after.

Your application for Pupil Premium Plus needs to be completed and returned by Friday 23rd October 2020. A blank provision map is attached to this section for you to access and complete.

Once the provision map has been completed please return to: admin.virtualschool@wigan.gov.uk

The map will be considered and agreed prior to any Pupil Premium Plus being released to school for this academic year. Please ensure you complete all fields on the map to give as much information as possible. This will aid the decision making process.

If you require any support in completing your map, please contact your link to the Virtual School Team.
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PEP Guidance documents

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PEP- Nursery and Reception (Early Years)

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PEP- Years 1- 9 (Key Stage 1- 3)

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PEP- Years 10- 11 (Key Stage 4)

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PEP- Year 12- 13 (Post 16)

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Designated Teacher Network Meetings

The documents below provide information, presentations and notes from previous DT network events.
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Designated Teacher Network Meetings - Microsoft Teams Meeting

Due to the current COVID 19 situation we have no planned face to face Designated Teacher Network Meetings but come back soon for an update.

We do, however, have three short, remote Designated Teacher Network Meetings that have been arranged through Microsoft Teams. These will take place on the following dates:

Monday 6th July, 2020 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Tuesday 7th July, 2020 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Thursday 9th July, 2020 10:30 am to 11:30 am

To book a place at these meetings please head over to our training page, enter 'designated' in the search bar and reserve a place on the date that you would like to attend. You will then be sent a Microsoft Teams invite to the meeting that you have chosen.

If you have any queries please contact us at admin.virtualschool@wigan.gov.uk
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Statutory guidance- Designated teacher for looked after and previously looked

This statutory guidance is for:
  • governors
  • headteachers
  • teachers
  • local authorities

It applies to maintained schools.

It relates to the duty of governing bodies of all maintained schools to appoint a designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children on the school roll.
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CLA Tracking

UPDATED (November 2019)

As part of the Wigan CLA Tracking Project the Education Business Intelligence Unit (EBIU Team) at Wigan Council are requesting schools who purchase the EBIU Performance Information SLA to use Perspective to securely download trackers for CLA pupils and return them by using the secure website.

If you are an out of borough school or a school that does not purchase EBIU Performance Information SLA, then you should use secure docs.

Information and guidance is available in the documents below.

If you have any issues with this, please contact 01942 486228 or email WiganCLAData@wigan.gov.uk
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Model letter- informing parents of the pupil premium for Post CLA

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Example Policy for the Education of Looked After and Previously Looked After Children

This policy is intended as a guide for schools to adapt to meet the needs of children in their own setting. All information and areas of focus in this document are taken from or based upon the statutory guidance published in February 2018.

Any policy for the education of looked after and previously looked after children should be considered alongside the statutory guidance.
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Previously Looked After Children (Post CLA)

We would like to remind you of our duty to offer advice and guidance to School’s and families around promoting the education of Previously Looked After Children (Post CLA). This includes guidance around identifying your Post CLA, applying and utilising Pupil Premium Plus funding, and sharing good practice including links to services who can offer support.

Andrea Hurst is our designated Education Support Worker for Post CLA and would be happy to offer such advice and guidance over the phone, via email, or by visiting you in School.

Designated teachers can contact Andrea direct on: 07979 540 381 or email Andrea.Hurst@wigan.gov.uk

We also have a Post CLA mailbox postLACeducation@wigan.gov.uk which can also be shared with parents and carer’s who can make contact directly.
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Designated Teacher Training - we currently have no planned training come back soon

The Designated Teacher training is for newly appointed and established designated teachers.

The training covers:
What is National Guidance for Designated Teachers?
What is a PEP?
What is the Wigan process?
What is a SMART target?
How do i know a good PEP when i see one?
How does it relate to other planning for Children Looked After?
Who is responsible for the PEP and its implementation?
What is Pupil premium Plus (PP+) and how do we access it?
What data do I need to share and how will I do this securely?


This training is intended to be delivered by a member of the Virtual School Team in a scheduled meeting as part of the DT induction process or as a refresher for DTs already in post. It should take an hour and a half to deliver fully.


The training is to take place within ½ a term of taking on the designated teacher role.


You can book a place on the training by clicking on the link below.


You can also request this training to be delivered by your Virtual School link worker. Contact your link directly or email admin.virtualschool@wigan.gov.uk
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Please keep us up-to-date with any Designated Teacher changes

It is essential that we have your correct contact details to keep you updated with key information. We hold a central record of designated teacher email addresses and this is used when we send email communications. Please ensure that we have your correct email address and designated teacher details for your school.

Please email any changes to:

admin.virtualschool@wigan.gov.uk
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Communicate with other Designated Teachers

Services for schools offers the opportunity for you to connect with other designated teachers. Ask questions, discuss topics, share your thoughts and ideas.

Log into Services for Schools if you are not already logged in. Your headteacher or business manager should be able to create your account. If you have any issues contact: admin.virtualschool@wigan.gov.uk

  • At the top of the services for schools menu, click on Communication
  • Go to Groups /communities and click on View groups
  • In My Groups, click on Designated Teacher (Children Looked After)
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The National Association of Virtual School Heads exists to improve educational outcomes for looked after children by working with partners and commissioning research to ensure that the educational needs of looked after children are better understood.

For further information, visit: www.navsh.org.uk
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