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Lambeth Education Support For Children in the Care of the Local Authority

Under the Children and Families Bill 2014, Local Authorities are required to publish, and keep under review, information about services that they expect to be available for children and young people with disabilities and Special Educational Needs aged 0-25 - the ‘Local Offer’ which is intended to improve choice and transparency for families. It also acts as a resource for professionals in understanding the range of services and provision in Lambeth.

SCHOOL NAME: Lambeth Virtual School
TYPE OF SCHOOL: It is not a school in the normal sense but is a team of qualified educationalists within Children’s Social Care, who are responsible for promoting the attainment and progress of children with SEND who are in the care of the local authority – Lambeth. They also have oversight of any children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities ( SEND) in care to other boroughs who may be resident in this borough. These children are called Children Looked After (CLA).

Head Teacher

3 consultants

1 for Early Years - up to Year 5

1 for Year 6 - 10

1 for Year 11 and Post 16

A PEP co-ordinator

A school system and data management officer

In addition there is an educational psychologist who works with the Virtual School for 1 day per week.


Attendance Policy Anti-bullying policy

Available on website?

Neither at present – website is being rebuilt.

  • Advice to social workers and foster carers [and Section 20 parents] and Independent Reviewing Officers around SEND issues for all our children in care, in whichever borough they live.
  • Support in accessing schools with Ofsted ratings of ‘Good’ or better for our children looked after with SEND
  • Support for foster carers and social workers with the statutory assessment process, in all boroughs.
  • Ensuring that all Annual Reviews of Statements and EHC Plans take place.
  • Attendance at Personal Education Plan and Annual Review meetings as required and particularly at times of transition.
  • Work to ensure that all of our CLA children with a SEND receive their entitlement to Pupil Premium Plus Grant funding or the 16-19 Bursary Fund.
  • Work closely with the Leaving Care Team to ensure that all young people make a good transition post-16.
  • Work closely with Virtual Heads in all boroughs where our children are resident/educated.
  • Access to an educational psychologist to avoid delays.
  • Work closely with the Children with Disabilities team to ensure that educational needs of our looked after children with SEND are met.
  • Training to social workers, foster carers and IROs around educational matters.

The staff of the Virtual School are fully committed to inclusive practice and will always seek in the first instance to secure our looked after children with SEND a school place in mainstream provision. We will attend meetings at the school to ensure that our young people secure all of the support that is recommended in their Statement or EHC plan.

All Virtual School Staff are familiar with, and committed to, the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Human Rights Act and the Equality Act 2010 and they promote these values in their work.

Proportion of children currently in care with SEND 30 % [June 2016] Of whom 5% are in the Children with Disabilities Team.

PARENT SUPPORT Foster Carers and Parents of children subject to a Section 20 Order are supported through:
  • Regular Virtual School newsletter
  • Virtual School Forums [6 per academic year]
  • Bespoke training on educational matters organised by the Fostering Team and the Virtual School.
  • Attendance at conferences
  • Attendance at Looked After Children (LAC) Reviews, Personal Education Plan (PEP) meetings and a range of other professional meetings
OTHER INFORMATION: The Virtual School also support s children with SEND in the following ways:
  • 1:1 tuition for children who find themselves without a school plac.
  • Letterbox club parcels from May to October each year for children in Years 1 – 2, 3 -4, 5 – 6 and Year. 7 to help develop numeracy and literacy.
  • Resources provided to social workers for us with children and young people.
  • Online learning opportunities as pertinent to ability.
  • Nimbl tablets provided to students identified as needing additional support
REFERRAL No referral is necessary as all children with SEND who are also in care to Lambeth automatically become part of the remit of the Virtual School however the team can be accessed for any queries via the generic email of: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by telephone on: 020 7926 6625
COMPLETED BY Shelia Mulvenney - Interim Head of Virtual Head
Date completed October 27th, 2016
Review required June 2017