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About Luton’s virtual school

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​What is a virtual school?

Luton's virtual school is a service provided by dedicated professionals within the People directorate, whose work is to promote and coordinate educational support for looked after children and care leavers.
It is not a physical school but it brings together educational information about each young person as if they were in a single school so that:
  • progress can be tracked
  • support can be identified and offered
  • additional resources provided if necessary

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​​Who we are and what we do

The team works with the other professionals to ensure that young people in care to Luton have the opportunities to reach their potential within their place of learning. These include:
  • education settings
  • social workers
  • carers
  • other professionals

The personal education plan (PEP) helps to focus everyone involved to provide support for the young person and to identify any gaps which need attention.

Open the tabs below to find out about each role in the team.

Virtual school head

Matthew Sims

Education coordinator

Michelle Wright

Advisory teachers

Sandy Hamilton-Clarke and Mandy Chancellor

Advisory education support workers

Veronica Milton and Tracy Jordan

Senior admin and PEP coordinator

Lynne Butterfield

Personal advisers

Graham Tarling and Suchma Malhi

Senior education psychologist

Rachel Caldwell

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Statutory guidance for local authorities

The Department for Education has issued statutory guidance for local authorities about promoting the education of looked after children and previously looked after children.
It's issued under section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970, which means we must be follow it, unless there are exceptional circumstances that justify departing from it.

Read statutory guidance

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