Services for children

Virtual school for looked after children and care leavers

Ealing's virtual school team improves the life chances of Ealing's looked after children (LAC) and care leavers by promoting and supporting them throughout their education.

Services are provided to people who work with young people in care such as school staff, social workers and other professionals. Read the Ealing virtual school SEN handbook for social workers.

Pupil premium policy for looked after children

This policy relates to Ealing’s pupil premium grant funding for Ealing’s looked-after children (LAC). This is the funding held by Ealing’s virtual school, not the other strands of the pupil premium grant allocated directly to schools. (Log in to view content)

Pupil premium grant spending plan 2022-23

Virtual school head role extension to children with a social worker

Read the government guidance on how local authorities should extend the virtual school head role to champion children with a social worker and promote their education.

    Information for LACs is available on the Young Ealing website

    The team provides:

    • Support to young people in care to raise educational achievement and help to ensure that young people maximise their potential
    • Educational support to young people in care without a school place until the young person is admitted to school
    • Education programmes during most school holidays
    • Afterschool study support to young people one day a week and at other times by appointment
    • Specific education programmes each half term as well as a weekly peer mentoring project
    • Ongoing advice and support to schools, social workers and carers on educational issues related to children in care
    • Training events and conferences are held throughout the year.

    Ealing's virtual school team

    Bridie McDonagh, Headteacher Ealing virtual school Looked after children
    Tel: 020 8825 6648
    Email:bmcdonagh@ealing.gov.uk

    Sundeep Gill, Post 16
    Tel: 020 8825 8596
    Email: gills@ealing.gov.uk

    Alison O’Connor, Primary and secondary teacher
    Tel:020 8825 6802
    Email: OConnorA@ealing.gov.uk

    Sue Tarry, Secondary teacher
    Tel: 020 8825 7918
    Email: tarrys@ealing.gov.uk

    Sian Hender, Primary teacher
    Tel: 020 8825 5532
    Email: henders@ealing.gov.uk

    Jermaine Walker, Interim secondary teacher
    Tel: 020 8825 5340
    Email: WalkerJ@ealing.gov.uk

    Ealing virtual school transition

    These documents are for teachers and children in Year 6/7 who are (or were previously) looked after. It provides information and resources to support the transition to high school and includes:

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    Last updated: 15 Jun 2022