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The Virtual School for Looked After Children (LACES)

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Supporting the Education of Looked After Children

Education matters to all children and young people as it is crucial to their well-being and improves their life chances. Dudley Council has corporate parenting responsibility for looked after children and, like all parents, valuing and supporting children's education is one of the most important contributions the Council can make to their lives. 

The Virtual School for Looked After Children, therefore, has high aspirations for looked after children to help them maximise their access to education and have the chance to achieve their full potential.

What is the Virtual School?

The Virtual School is made up of everyone who is involved in supporting and providing education for Dudley's looked after children.

The Head teacher of the Virtual School manages the multidisciplinary LACES Team which has established strong links with the many individuals, teams, schools and agencies that work with looked after children.

The LACES Team is made up of advisory teachers, an Education Support Officer, an Attendance, Welfare and Education Officer and administrative support staff.

The Team also works closely with specialist colleagues across the Council including Connexions and the Early Years and Educational and Child Psychology Services.

The service is managed by the People Directorate.


Who is the Virtual School For?

The Virtual School provides support to children who are looked after by Dudley MBC.

The Virtual School does not replace the school or educational provision of a looked after child - it is an additional resource which exists to support and challenge all those involved in the education of looked after children.

The Virtual School is involved in or promotes various initiatives to support the educational achievement of looked after children. Find out more on our Projects page.

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Did you know?

  • There are around 700 children in the care of Dudley MBC;

  • Approximately 75% of these children are of school age and attend schools in Dudley Borough and elsewhere;

  • Approximately 80 children, who are in the care of other local authorities, also attend Dudley schools.