Virtual schools for children

A virtual head teacher is being appointed by Derbyshire County Council to help children in care do better at school.

They will be responsible for setting up a virtual school with a teacher from every Derbyshire school designated to provide support and mentoring to boost attainment.

Led by the virtual head, these designated teachers would work together to ensure children in care receive the right support to help them achieve as they progress through school.

Just 24.1 per cent of Derbyshire children in care got five good GCSEs – compared to 36.8 per cent nationally.

The decision to appoint a virtual head teacher comes ahead of Government plans to make the role statutory following successful pilots.