Virtual schools: expanding a hidden asset

By Owen Mapley | 04 September 2023

In 2014, the coalition Government introduced virtual schools across England’s local authorities to address the wide attainment gap and poorer long-term outcomes experienced by looked-after children.

This had a transformative impact on the educational achievement and inclusion of this vulnerable group. The virtual school remit has consequently been extended in 2018 to children previously looked-after and again in 2021 to all children with a social worker.

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