Virtual School for Looked After Children

**Virtual School developments around Post-LAC**

The government is looking at extending the role of Virtual Schools to include adopted children as well as those subject to child arrangement orders and special guardianship orders.  Further information on this can be found in the white paper ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’.  In light of this, we are currently exploring how we could best support these children, families and educational settings.  More information will be uploaded as it is available.


A Virtual School for Looked After Children has been a requirement of all LA's since 2014. The aim of the Virtual School is to ensure that Looked After Children have the opportunity to fulfill their educational potential. We work with children aged 2-18.

Cambridgeshire’s Virtual School consists of a team of eight experienced primary and secondary teachers, a Post-16 Worker, an Early Years Support Teacher, a Business Support Officer and a Virtual School Head. The service used to be called ESLAC (Education Support Looked After Children).

The role of the Virtual School Team is to support and challenge the professionals involved with Cambridgeshire Looked After Children in order to ensure they receive an education that best meets their needs and allows them to achieve their potential. Concerns regarding non-educational issues should be directed to the young person's allocated social worker.

This webpage provides information for parents, carers, social workers and other professionals.  If you require additional information or further details, please contact us on the number below. 

Services and Charges

This service is delivered at no charge.

Key Responsibilities

  • To monitor, challenge and quality assure the termly Personal Education Planning process for all Cambridgeshire Looked After Children.
  • To ensure that the Pupil Premium Plus is used effectively to improve educational outcomes.
  • To use attainment data to inform the actions and interventions for individual Looked After Children.
  • To ensure that all professionals are informed about, and understand, the educational progress and attainment of the Looked After Children with whom they are involved.
  • To ensure that social care staff are engaged in, and understand, the need for careful planning to reduce the impact of placement changes on educational achievement.
  • To ensure that key staff in schools are informed of, and understand, social care processes for Looked After Children and to ensure that they understand the requirement to prioritise Looked After Children within their schools with regard to admissions.
  • To offer training for Designated Teachers, School Governors, Social Care staff, Foster Carers and other stakeholders.
  • From September 2016, the Virtual School will be offering audits of school LAC provision. If you are interested in this, please contact us. 

Contact Us

Jo Pallett

email: virtualschool@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Phone: 01223 699883