logo-education
0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

virtual schools-closing the gap?

12 October 2012

Following the pilot of the virtual schools (VS) approach by a number of local authorities, a report by Ofsted released yesterday has shown that VS have raised the profile of education for looked after children (LAC) but has yet to show that it is closing the attainment gap.

Virtual schools enable the co-ordination of education services for LAC. The school is made up of a number of professionals, but do not exist in real terms. Pupils remain the responsibility of the school where they are on the roll.

Slimmed down local authorities are likely to be concerned about the impact their ever reducing resources will have on this programme and whether improvements in VS can work to close the gap. This report shows yet more focus on joined up working which can only help with attainment of LAC and close the attainment gap with their peers.

related opinions

Home Office Central Registry for modern slavery statement goes live - first universities publish statements

The Home Office recently launched a central registry for modern slavery statements. A growing number of educational organisations, including a number of universities, have published statements on the registry.

View blog

Allegations of abuse in schools, colleges and universities

The website “Everyone’s Invited” is a movement which is “committed to eradicating rape culture” and describes “rape culture” as “all the ways that different forms of aggressive and violent sexual behaviour are normalised, encouraged and even admired by society”. Find out more.

View blog

Lateral flow daily contact testing paused

Following last week’s Guardian article about the concerns over lateral flow daily testing for those identified as having been a close contact of a person testing positive for Covid-19, Public Health England (PHE) and NHS Test and Trace (NHSTT) have published a position statement to recommend that daily contact testing in schools will be paused.

View blog

The lateral flow testing of university students

Guidance for students returning to, and starting higher education, in spring term 2021 requires universities to set a clear expectation that all students should access Covid-19 testing on their return to university.

View blog

mailing list sign up



Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up