What is the Virtual School?
North Lanarkshire’s vision is for all children and young people to achieve their full potential. The Virtual School is a small multi-disciplinary team, created to deliver an intensive service supporting children and young people who are care experienced.
The twin priorities of the Virtual School are:
- to improve the health and well-being of care experienced children and young people, and
- to improve the educational attainment of care experienced children and young people
The Virtual School is not an actual physical school - any children and young people linked with the Virtual School continue to remain the responsibility of the school which they currently attend. The Virtual School links with all North Lanarkshire schools to ensure robust planning, monitoring and tracking of achievements and supports are in place, for care experienced children and young people who may require it.
The Virtual School works in collaboration with young people, their families and a variety of staff including teachers, social workers, support staff and educational psychologists.
Ongoing work may also include health professionals, training providers and employers, Who Cares? Scotland and any other appropriate partners as part of a multi-agency team supporting young people and their families.
Requests for support from Virtual School are usually made by the Named Person or Lead Professional as part of the planning process under the NL GIRFEC Pathways framework for a child or young person www.girfecinnl.com.