A Virtual School acts as a local authority champion to bring about improvements in the education and outcomes of Looked after Children (LAC) and Young Care Leavers (YCL) and to promote their educational achievement as if they were in a single school. Our key objective is to ensure each LAC receives a high quality education which will give them a secure foundation as they move into adulthood.
Brent Virtual School (BVS) does not exist in real terms, or as a building. Children do not attend it - they remain the responsibility of the school at which they are enrolled. BVS is simply an organisation which has been created for the effective co-ordination of educational services at a strategic and operational level. On average Brent has around 200 LAC of statutory school age, of which approximately 50 per cent are educated in schools in Brent.
BVS also has a role in promoting the education of children and young people who are post LAC and may have been adopted or subject to a special guardianship (SGO) or child arrangement order. The key role with post LAC is to offer advice and guidance to schools and carers.