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Looked After and Post Looked After Children Policy

Walsall Virtual School


Virtual School for Looked After and Vulnerable Children

The Virtual School is responsible for liaising and working in partnership with agencies to support the education of looked after/vulnerable children. Lorraine Thompson is the virtual school lead   and leads on strategic planning and developments, policy, new initiatives and service delivery.


The Virtual School for Looked after Children is not a teaching institution.  It is “a model by which the local authority provides services and support for the education of looked after children and a constructive challenge to those providing the services”.  It works closely and in partnership with schools, social care and Health so that there is a holistic and comprehensive approach to the support of looked after children in all areas of their lives.

Our overall aim is to help produce better educational outcomes, and enhanced personal and social development, so that our looked after children have better life chances.

Our specific objectives which together will help us achieve this aim are reflected by the targets that we set ourselves each year, i.e. seeking continuous improvement in the number of looked after students who: –

  • Achieve a Good Level of development (GLD) at the end of reception
  • Expected Standards at the end of KS1 and KS2 in each core subject
  • Achieve a good set of GCSEs or equivalent
  • Make progress between Key Stages
  • Have less 90% school attendance.
  • Are in education, employment or training in the September following their sixteenth birthday

We will also seek to: –

Reduce the number of days looked after students are excluded, fixed term and permanent, and ensure that excluded students receive alternative provision from day one

Secure objective evidence that: –

  • There is increasing student involvement in extracurricular and extension activities
  • Special Educational Needs are being met and appropriate interventions are implemented and reviewed in terms of the graduated response
  • Fewer students do not have a school place at any one time
  • The average time taken to secure a school place for a child is being reduced
  • The average number of school days missed per term by children is falling
  • The number of children who have an up to date, good quality PEP is increasing.


The Virtual School Team

  • Virtual School and Vulnerable Groups Lead-Lorraine Thompson
  • Education Liaison Officer-Julie Chilton
  • Education Adviser-Debbie Woolfe
  • PEP Co-ordinator- Jane Collins
  • Key worker -Rhian Ferguson
  • Key worker- Leanne Hall
  • Careers Advisor- Hannah Yates
  • Information Officer- Ruksana Kavde
  • Admin apprentice- Suria Pal
  • Virtual School Tutors: Leanne Hall, Lee Baker, Maxine Gentle, Charlene Martin, Annette Round, Tracey Pemble



Virtual School on  01922 652816


Mental Health & Wellbeing


At Park Hall Infant Academy, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.  


At our school we:


  • help children to understand their emotions and feelings better                           
  • help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • help children socially to form and maintain relationships
  • promote self esteem and ensure children know that they count
  • encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
  • help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks


We offer different levels of support:

Universal Support- To meet the needs of all our pupils  through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance developing resilience for all.

Additional support- For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.  

Targeted support-  For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions.


Lead staff members:


Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Lead:  Mrs Hand

PSHE / Nurture Leader:  Miss McCall




Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 - Healthy: Inside and Out

For Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 (4-10 February), we’re taking steps to be Healthy: Inside and Out.  When we think about healthy living, we tend to focus on looking after our bodies – our physical wellbeing – through food, being active and getting enough sleep.  However, in order to be healthy overall, it’s important that we look after our minds – our mental wellbeing – too.


Our bodies and minds are actually very closely linked, so things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help our mental wellbeing as well. When we take steps to be Healthy: Inside and Out, it helps us to feel better in ourselves, focus on what we want to do and deal with difficult times.


Park Hall Infant Academy will be proud to  support Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 alongside the wellbeing support that we already offer in school.




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Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Policy