Throughout the year, the Leicestershire Virtual School arranges a wide variety of Participation activities which aim to inspire, excite, motivate, educate and stimulate the curiosity of children in care to Leicestershire.
You can see below a list of some of the events we organise regularly and a calendar of events planned for 2018. We may arrange other events aside from these, so watch and listen out for news on the website; in the Virtual School 'Fox News' newsletter; in the foster carer newsletter and in messages to carers by email or phone.
University Experience Days
At various times throughout the year, local universities offer a range of educational activities.
- Our Experience Days for Year 9 and 10 Children in Care take place at Loughborough University, and for Year 5 and 6 Children in Care at University of Leicester.
- We attend a short residential visit for years 8 and 9 at Leicester University in June. In 2017 it focused on the importance of studying languages at GCSE and how this will help with jobs and further / higher education options for young people. It was really successful and the children who attended were really inspired by it.
- The University Experience Summer School for young people aged 16-25 takes place over two days at the end of summer term at our three local universities: the University of Leicester, Loughborough University and De Montfort University. It is for those who want to experience university subjects and sample the social side of university life.
Other Participation Events
Our other events range from theatre visits and music workshops to sports and sailing.
- Theatre trips are often organised around set GCSE texts, so that as well as having the experience of seeing a live performance, you will receive a book that will support with your studies and act as a memento of the occasion. We will usually go to a Christmas production too; in 2017 it was 'Scrooge' at Curve Theatre, Leicester.
- Author events, usually for younger children, give you the chance to meet a published author who will talk about the inspirations behind their stories and help you to develop your own stories and characters within them.
- Music workshops give you the opportunity to develop your own musical skills, compose, arrange and record your own songs and learn to play a musical instrument.
- The Tall Ships trip is a reward activity for young people at the end of Year 11 who have really tried hard at school and worked to the best of their ability. The trip is a five-day residential spent on a catamaran, calling in at ports along the south coast of England and the Isle of Wight. As well as having great fun, you also gain a Level One sailing qualification and get the chance to return the following year as a senior member.
The Virtual School Youth Work team are busy organising events and activities for 2018. Here are just some of the things you can be involved in over the coming months:
- Primary Theatre Trip: George's Marvellous Medicine at Curve - January 2018
- Year 12 to 13 Theatre Trip: An Officer and a Gentleman at Curve - April 2018
- Tall Ships - Summer 2018
- Year 7 to 11 Music Course - August 2018
We will update this list as events and activities are organised.