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READING packs have been created to support parents in helping younger children acquire the phonics skills they need to be successful in school. While useful at any time, they are particularly beneficial during the coronavirus restrictions with most children unable to attend school or having their education disrupted. 
The resources include four booklets, three of which support phonics and are sequential:  

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Tameside Virtual School Overview

Tameside Virtual School works to ensure that the education of our children and young people in care is of an exceptional standard. We aim for learners to have access to high quality, personalised and aspirational learning opportunities and strive to ensure they receive this.
The Virtual School is not, as the name suggests, a physical school. It is a team of teachers and professionals working alongside nurseries, schools and colleges to ensure that our children and young people receive a quality provision via all partnerships.

We aim to close the educational gap between children who are looked after and their peers who are not, alongside reducing rates of exclusions and persistent absence.

We work directly with children and young people in their placements. We support schools directly and indirectly in collaboration with children’s social care teams and social workers to provide a team of professionals putting the child or young person and their needs at the centre of decision making and planning.

We are in the process of establishing a Virtual College to promote the achievement of our care leavers and securing them aspirational routes into further education, University or quality training and pathways into employment.

We report to Tameside Corporate Parenting Board and the Education Achievement and Improvement Board. The Head teacher is a member of National Association of Virtual School Heads and a member of North West Virtual School Heads.

Virtual School Team

  • Amanda Aylward – Headteacher
  • Sarah Hall – Specialist Intervention Teacher
  • Rosie Spiers – Education Welfare Officer
  • Kathleen Hankinson – Education Welfare Officer
  • Sally Courtney – Tameside Post 16 LAC Achievement Co-Ordinator
  • Helen O Connor – Finance & Information Officer

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Personal Education Planning


All young people in care are required to have a Personal Education Plan (PEP)

The purpose of this plan is to ensure that the voice of the child or young person is heard and supported by all professionals working to support in their education and wellbeing. A PEP meeting is held termly and usually hosted at the child or young person’s school. The usual people to attend a PEP meeting are the child or young person, designated teacher, social worker and carer. Alongside these can be representatives from Virtual School, health professionals or any other agencies working to provide positive outcomes for our young people.

Once the PEP meeting has been held, the school’s designated teacher will return the document to Virtual School. All PEPs are quality assured and the use of Pupil Premium Grant is monitored and agreed or challenged.

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Pupil Premium Grant Funding


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All Looked after Children from Reception to Year 11 are allocated a grant of £2300 per child by the Department for Education (DfE). This is to help achieve their full educational potential, develop their aspirations and reach their goals. It is the Virtual School Head’s responsibility to determine how the funding is used and distributed to schools to effectively support Looked After Children to make good progress and achieve well.

PEPs are quality assured by the Head of Virtual School and £600 per term is allocated on receipt of a quality and timely PEP demonstrating clear use of Pupil Premium Grant to promote and accelerate the learning of our young people.

Examples of use of individual PEP funding include:

  • Accelerating the learning of a young person who has missed periods of education through additional tutoring or resources
  • Educational Psychology reports to ensure a young person’s SEN needs are identified and met
  • Promote areas of particular strengths or talents
  • Assist in periods of transition between key stages or school moves if necessary
  • Provide additional educational resources such as books, apps or software
  • Ensuring emotional or behavioural needs are met in school to promote inclusion
  • Improving attendance and engagement in school


Centrally held funding by the Virtual School is used to provide a range of support and interventions all dedicated to our Looked After Children and include:

  • Dedicated SEN Case worker
  • Dedicated Education Welfare Officer
  • Additional funding for individual young people where specific and complex needs are identified through the PEP process. This may include individual cases when they are not in school due to a traumatic experience or extreme emotional response, waiting for an EHCP, supporting Alternative Provision for respite or perhaps accelerating learning when there is a specific need that needs additional funding.
  • Training on attachment
  • Training offered to all Designated Teachers


Early Years Pupil Premium Grant is issued directly to the child’s nursery provider and an early years PEP is currently being created to assess any additional needs and provide a solid foundation into nursery and reception.

Grant Funding for Previously Looked After Children:
This funding which is due to start in September 2018 will part fund the Education Welfare Officer for Virtual School role. The remit of the role is to continue tracking, answering queries and being the point of contact for this cohort of young people.
It is also used to support young people who may have received additional funding for additional support such as tutoring as a Looked After Child and continue with this commitment when they are no longer looked after so there is no disadvantage.


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(These are for Tameside, some of our children and young people attend education in different authorities and you may need to check their website)




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