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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.

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