Newham Virtual School – support outline
Newham Virtual School provides advice and guidance to parents/guardians and education settings for children who were previously Looked After Children (PLAC) and are now subject to an adoption order, special guardianship order (SGO) or child arrangement order (CAO).
Who is considered 'Post LAC'?
Previously looked after children are those who are no longer looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because they are the subject of an adoption, special guardianship or child arrangement order, or they were adopted from 'state care' outside England and Wales.
'State care' is care provided by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other organisation whose sole or main purpose is to benefit society.
Who is eligible for support?
Support is available from the point at which the child becomes eligible for free early education, which is currently the start of the term following a child's second birthday, and concludes when they have completed statutory education.
The duty relates to previously looked-after children who are in an education provision in the area served by the VSH irrespective of where the child lives.
Support is available to the following groups:
· adoptive parents or those who have parental responsibility for the child
· providers of early education
· designated teachers of maintained schools, academies and alternative learning provision in Newham
· adoption team
Are there other providers of support for previously looked after children?
The following organisations may be able to provide information and support for Post LAC in education:
· PAC UK
· Adoption UK
The educational advocate (PLAC) is Naomi Wilson. She can be contacted via:
Tel: 0203 373 8141
*See the attached FAQ information sheet outlining the support services provided, and accompanying poster.
Eco-Schools Training for Newham Schools
Did you know Newham Schools have access to free Recycling workshops.
The Recycle for your Community Schools Programme provides free support to help schools in Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham or Redbridge to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle waste through interactive, curriculum-linked sessions.
An Education Officer can visit your school, or classes can go to MuRFy’s World located at the Reuse and Recycling Centre, Jenkins Lane, London E6 6DJ.
You can find out more about the Recycle for Your Community programme by visiting http://eastlondonwaste.gov.uk/education/ or contact recycleFYC@Keepbritaintidy.org and book your workshops today.
Active Lives Survey for Children and Young People – Newham
Active Lives: Children and Young People is a Government study being run by Sport England and was developed with the Department for Education, the Department of Health and Social Care, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The study will provide Sport England, Government and other partners with a broad and deep understanding of participation in, and attitudes towards, sport and physical activity, shaping future policy and investment.
Schools taking part will be able to learn more about their pupil’s engagement in sport and physical activity along with assessing their levels of wellbeing, self-efficacy and levels of social trust. Enabling them to further understand the needs and interests of their pupils. Three classes across three year groups per school will be asked to complete the online survey, which takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
After completion, each school will be given a bespoke report, which can support Healthy Schools and Primary School Premium applications, along with 10 credits that can be exchanged for free sports equipment. For Primary Schools where a year 1 or 2 class is randomly selected, there is an additional 5 credits for every 5 parents that complete the survey
If your school has been randomly selected to take part and is listed below, we very much hope that you can support the largest nationwide physical activity survey for children and young people. Please contact the Active Lives team at London Sport on firstname.lastname@example.org or 02038484630.
· Altmore Infant School
· Ellen Wilkinson Primary School
· The Cumberland School
· St Bonaventure's RC School
· Chobham Academy
· Portway Primary School
· The Royal Docks Community School
· Forest Gate Community School
To find out more about the survey please visit: https://www.sportengland.org/research/active-lives-children-and-young-people/