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Looked After Children who have SEND

All children and young people who are looked after by Liverpool City Council and have special educational needs are supported by their school or setting in the first instance.

Each school has a designated teacher with responsibility for looked after children. If you are the parent/carer of a child who is looked after and you are worried about their progress speak to their class teacher.

You may want to request a meeting to discuss progress with the class teacher, the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and the designated teacher.

Additional support may be available from the Virtual School Liverpool.

The Virtual School provide a range of education support, including:

  • Classroom Support
  • Private Tuition
  • Fast Track Support  (Educational  Psychology  Assessments, In-Year Transfers, School Attendance)
  • Monitor and Quality Assure Personal Education Plans (PEPs)
  • Allocation and Monitoring of Pupil Premium Plus
  • Incentives and Rewards
  • Training for Carers, Social Workers and Designated Teachers
  • Produce a termly Newsletter for Heads and Designated Teachers
  • Allocation of Priority One Leisure Passes
  • Counselling Service


The Virtual School commission external providers to:

  • Monitor and track school attendance and exclusions of Liverpool pupils attending school outside the city.
  • Private tutors to deliver 1:1 support for targeted pupils wherever they are placed.
  • Provide classroom and teaching assistants for pupils at risk of exclusion due to challenging behaviour
  • Reading for pleasure project.


The service strives to raise the achievement of all children who are looked after.