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Looked after children - educational support
The Education for Looked After Children (ELAC) Virtual School is responsible for raising the attainment, monitoring progress and removing barriers to learning of all looked after children cared for by North Yorkshire County Council.
This includes those educated within North Yorkshire or elsewhere in the country. There is also a monitoring and intervention role for those looked after children who attend a North Yorkshire School but who are cared for by another Local Authority.
Statistical evidence shows looked after children achieve considerably less well than other children against national expectations. They can be at risk of underachieving at school because of disruption to their education and family life, or through poor emotional and psychological health. The ELAC Virtual School promotes to schools and partner agencies high aspirations and educational progression, as a means to better life opportunities for all looked after children.
Why have an ELAC Virtual School?
The ELAC Virtual School provides the opportunity to ensure that the local authority duty to promote the educational attainment of LAC is properly discharged
We are committed to celebrating the success of looked after children and strongly believe all those in care can succeed in education.
Currently all looked after children in the care of the County Council are considered for an achievement award. All children and young people who achieve an award are invited to an annual special celebration day. The education of looked after children virtual school also holds a graduation event targeted at years 11 and 13 who have completed externally accredited examinations.
More information on the community and professional support available is available on the Children's Social Care page.
Education of looked after children - frequently asked questions