The Virtual School aspires to ensure that every Dudley CLA has access to new technology including the internet at home where appropriate to support their education.
Access to new technologies and the internet can help to raise the educational attainment of children. The Council, therefore, promotes the safe and effective use of new technology and the internet by looked after children and their carers.
A support officer, based in the Virtual School, provides support, advice and training to carers and social care staff. This includes guidance and general advice relating to technology and the internet.
Foster carers are supported to develop confidence in their attitude to new technology and the internet which, in turn, enables them to support young people to make use of technology effectively.
This initiative, previously know as the ICT for LAC Project, has been developed with and supported by the Dudley Foster Care Association, Dudley Council People Directorate and the Dudley Grid for Learning (DGFL)/Research Machines (RM) Partnership.
Guidance is offered to schools when using the Pupil Premium to provide technology for CLA
The Virtual School has overseen and monitored a range of local and national initiatives to provide Dudley's CLA with appropriate new technologies.
It provides E Safety Training and advice to Carers and young people.
It provides ongoing support and advice to staff and children in Residential Units in the Borough, schools and social care colleagues.
It monitors and trials the use of new technologies to support children's learning.
It facilitated Computer Club for Girls (CC4G) for a number of looked after girls. The Club is not currently active.
In the past it has offered foster carers a computer installed with a package of educational software, and a printer.