All local authorities must have a virtual school head (VSH) in charge of promoting the educational achievement of the children looked after by the authority that appoints them. Many VSHs are experienced teachers and some have been school heads.
Many schools are likely to have only 1 or 2 children in care on their register, and staff may be unfamiliar with their issues. The VSH’s role is to:
VSHs also work with schools on initiatives to promote the education of children in care.
The Head Teacher of the Virtual School in Dudley is Julie Smith.