About Us

What is a Virtual School?

The Virtual School acts as a local authority champion to bring about improvements in the education of looked after children and care leavers and to promote their educational achievement as if they were in a single school. Ensuring that they receive a high quality education is the foundation for improving their lives.

The school does not exist as a building. Although we organise and run some events and sessions for children and young people children do not attend our "school" every day - they remain the responsibility of the school at which they are enrolled. RBG Virtual School is here to raise attainment for our young people through monitoring and tracking individual children's progress and effective co-ordination of their educational services at both a strategic and operational level.

What do we do?

  • Influence policy and develop and improve services for looked after children and care leavers.
  • Promote individual achievement, health, and well-being.
  • Provide advice, support and training to professionals, schools, colleges and institutions.
  • Improve access to specialist services, including health assessments, mental health assessments and treatment.
  • Provide access to professional advice and guidance on education, training and employment.
  • Provide additional opportunities for out of school learning and leisure.
  • Facilitate access to early education and child care.

How are we organised?

Virtual School Greenwich comprises of a Headteacher and the following roles:

Deputy Head
Operational manager of the team ensuring key stage officers are effective in their role. The Deputy Head has other whole school responsibilities such as Behaviour and exclusions and transition planning.

Key Stage Officers
Key stage officers track and monitor the progress of Looked After Children in their key stage, co-ordinating and deploying RBG support to raise their attainment according to an assessment of their needs. They quality assure education and transition planning for all in their area, including supporting carers and social workers to source schools. Officers will also deliver for designated teachers, schools, social workers, foster carers and governors, and act as advocates by positively challenging the practice of schools.

Participation Officer
Our care leaver apprentice is involved in a number of projects such as year 6 to 7 transition, homework club and also delivers training to a range of professionals.

Support Officers
Ensure the virtual school runs smoothly. Provide first point of contact for enquiries and maintains administration support for the service.

Educational Psychology
Two of RBG's experienced Educational Psychologists also work with the Virtual School for 2 days a week. As well as supporting us with consultation sessions and delivery of training to a range of professionals, they are involved in a number of projects supporting some of our most vulnerable young people in care. This provides us with invaluable consultation.