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:
know how the looked-after children are doing
help school staff and social workers to find out about the extra needs of these children and any additional support available to them
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.