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Virtual School Liverpool

Virtual School Liverpool has responsibility for ensuring that Liverpool City Council delivers its statutory requirements as a corporate parent, in the promotion of the educational attainmnent of the city's Looked After Children (LAC) wherever they are located. Virtual School Liverpool provides advocacy support and early intervention strategies with priority access to a range of services both statutory and non statutory to support the needs and aspirations of our looked after children, to reduce incidence of exclusion, poor attendance, under achievement and breakdowns in their education. 

The Children and Families Act 2014 requires every local authority to appoint an officer to discharge this duty. This officer, is known as the Virtual School Head (VSH). The VSH leads a virtual school team, known as the Virtual School Liverpool. Virtual School Liverpool are responsible for tracking the progress of children in the care of Liverpool City Council. The VSH works collaboratively with the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services, Social Workers, Schools and other statutory partners to ensure we have effective and joined-up processes for meeting the SEN requirements of our children in care.

Virtual School Liverpool advocate on behalf of, and champion the educational needs of all Liverpool children in care. This is achieved through a strategic approach of early intervention, rapid response and wrap-a-round support. Virtual School Liverpool have access to a range of therapeutic and learning services to meet the needs and aspirations of all our children in care. Virtual School Liverpool provide targeted and bespoke support for our most vulnerable learners, particularly, those with SEND, disengaged from education, at risk of low attainment oucomes or with poor school attendance. These services and support are provided for Liverpool children in care irrespective where they reside, or are educated.  

A considerable amount of planning is done around the care, health and education needs of children looked after. Each child will have a Care Plan, which sets out how the local authority will meet the care needs of the child, addressing all important issues surrounding child’s developmental needs. These include health, education, emotional and behavioural development, identity, family and social relationships, social presentation and self-care skills. The Care Plan will specifically include a Personal Education Plan (PEP) and a Health Plan (both are a statutory requirement) which will particularly assess and set out the child’s education and health needs. It may be through making these assessments that a child’s SEN will be identified.

Virtual School Liverpool Team

Carolyn Lawler Virtual School Headteacher

Andrew WilliamsKS4 and Post 16 Co-ordinator

Catherine Falco - Education Support, Pupil Premium Plus and PEP Coordinator

 Kate Dalton -









Who to contact

Contact Name
Virtual School Team
Contact Position
Business Support
Virtual School's Website

Where to go

Cunard Building
Children and Young People's Services, 5th Floor
Pier Head, Water Street
L3 1AH

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