The Virtual School for Looked after Children

Children - 5-8 years_


The Virtual School is a small, multi-disciplinary team working to raise the educational attainment and attendance of children and young people.

We work closely with colleagues across Waltham Forest Council, social workers, schools, foster carers and other professionals, to ensure that looked after children have access to the best possible educational opportunities.

The Virtual School is not a teaching tool or environment. It does not replace the school or educational provision of children in care. We are an additional resource to support and challenge those involved in the education of children in care.

We support the educational achievement of children in care through our involvement with local and national initiatives. 

The Virtual School also provides advice, support and guidance to schools, social workers, and parents and guardians of children who have left care under a special guardianship, child arrangement order or adoption order, and are educated in Waltham Forest.

For professionals and parents/ guardians

For further information, please see the following webpages on the Hub website:

Contact the Virtual School at or phone 020 8496 1741.

For young people in care

If you're a young person in care and you'd like to talk to someone about your education, please contact the Virtual School on 020 8496 3927 or email