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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: –
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: –
The Virtual School Team
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:
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
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.
Parents and Carers
Are you a parent or carer who is concerned about the mental health of your
child or teenager? Do you just want some hints and tips on parenting? MindEd for Families has advice and information from trusted experts and will help you
to understand what problems occur, what you can do to best support your
family, and how to take care of yourself. MindEd for Families is written by a
team of specialists and parents, working together.
For Professionals and Volunteers
This is for you if you volunteer, work or are studying to work with infants, children or teenagers. MindEd has e-learning applicable across the health, social care,
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beginner through to specialist.
MindEd is created by the following organisations and is funded by the Department of Health and Department for Education