The aim of the Virtual School is to promote educational achievement and positive outcomes for children in care.

As a foster carer, you are an important part of the team that includes the child's social worker, the school's designated teacher for looked after children, the Leicestershire Virtual School and anyone else who has an influence on the child's life.

Education is not just about school, it is about everything! Everything the child experiences in everyday life, the things that stimulate, excite, motivate and inspire them, which arouse curiosity and a desire to learn.

The Virtual School supports carers to understand how previous life experiences impact on a child and how, as adults, we can support them to grow and develop and fulfil their potential.

Through foster carer training, we share tips and strategies to support you in helping our children succeed in education, preparing them for adulthood and independence, a journey that starts early in life and progresses through primary school, secondary school, into post-16 education, employment and training (EET) and beyond.

We want you to be involved in developing your foster child's education; we aim to help you to feel comfortable and confident in speaking to schools, teachers and other education professionals.

Education Information

The Virtual School has compiled a handbook for foster carers which is given out at our foster carer training. This handbook provides helpful information for all foster carers on education and how to support your young people. Some of the information in this handbook can be found by clicking on the Educational Awareness Handbook link below.


  • A Parents Guide to Apprenticeships (PDF, 126 Kb)

    The National Apprenticeship Service has created this very handy guide to apprenticeships which you may find useful if you're caring for a young person who is already in or is about to enter post 16 education.

Foster Carer Training

The Leicestershire Virtual School works alongside other services within the Leicestershire County Council to help provide training for foster carers throughout the year. You can find details of upcoming, foster carer focussed events below.

Supporting children in Key Stages 3 and 4

Course: In Care at School: helping young people to succeed from 14 years onwards including moving to Post 16

This training is ideal for: foster carers

Aims:

  • To understand the role of foster carers in helping children to achieve their educational potential and promoting high aspirations
  • To understand the effect of transitions and how to support young people to cope with changes
  • To be familiar with the support available for children in care at school, including the role of the Virtual School, Designated Teacher/Person, Personal Education Plans and the Pupil Premium Plus funding
  • To be familiar with Year 9 options and Post 16 options and understand the processes that follow these stages
  • To be familiar with the curriculum including GCSE assessment
  • To explore ways of supporting young people with revision & homework
  • To understand how to access information, advice and guidance (IAG)

Date & venue

  • County Hall, Glenfield
  • 9.30am-12.30pm, 22nd October 2018

To book Please email: fostering.training@leics.gov.uk

Or telephone: 0116 305 6311

Supporting children in Key Stages 1-3

Course: In care at school: Helping children to succeed from 5 - 13 years

This training is ideal for: foster carers

The education of children in care is a key area of responsibility and understanding for all corporate parents and this is a core course for foster carers.

Aims:

  • To understand the role of foster carers in helping children to achieve their educational potential and promoting high aspirations
  • To understand the effect of trauma and attachment difficulties and the barriers to learning for children in care
  • To be familiar with emotion coaching: a way of responding to difficult situations and helping children to manage their emotions
  • To understand the effect of transitions and how to support children to cope with changes
  • To be familiar with the support available for children in care at school, including the role of the Virtual School, Designated Teachers, Personal Education Plans and the Pupil Premium Plus funding
  • To be familiar with the curriculum and assessment in Key Stages 1-3
    • To have an overview of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities processes
    • To explore ways of using play to support children's learning. To recognise the importance of supporting children's friendships, interests and talents

Date & venue

  • Venue TBC
  • 9.30am-2.30pm, 6th November 2018

To book email: fostering.training@leics.gov.uk

telephone: 0116 305 6311

Supporting learning in the Early Years

Course: How to Support Children in the First Year at School

This training is ideal for: foster carers of young children

"Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. Development is not an automatic process, however, it depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments." (Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage)

This training will help foster carers to understand and support each individual child's development.

Aims:

  • To gain an understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • To understand of the importance of play and how children learn through play
  • To explore ways of using play to promote early literacy and numeracy skills and what you can do to help
  • To understand the importance of supporting transition and exploring practical ways to support transition
  • Preparing children for school, what is needed, expectations and developing independence
  • The role of the Virtual School

Date & venue

  • Venue: County Hall, Glenfield
  • 10am-12.30pm, 7th December 2018

To book email: fostering.training@leics.gov.uk

telephone: 0116 305 6311

Contact us

If you need to contact the Leicestershire Virtual School please email us at virtualschool@leics.gov.uk, or call us on 0116 305 6097.

Our office hours are:

  • Monday to Thursday - 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Friday - 8:30am to 4:30pm

We are open all year round (excluding bank holidays), including during school holidays. We aim to respond to any emails within 3 working days.

Useful Links

Here are some links to websites that will give you some ideas about supporting your foster child's learning in the home.