Decision details

Acceptance of Department of Education Grant for Virtual School Head Role Extension

Decision Maker: Corporate Director Children and Young People's Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek approval to accept the Department of Education Section 31 Grant for the Extension to the Virtual School Head Role


Project delivery from 1st Sept - 31st March for 22/23 (Internal Advert)
a) Three temporary two term fixed contract FTE Education Liaison Adviser posts would continue the effectiveness the Virtual School delivery model and continue to add capacity. Each Virtual School ELA worker has extended their duties to deliver strategic improvement to children with a social worker for 0.3 FTE and be responsible for the new duty within their locality. The proposed option would continue use the extensive relational knowledge and skills of the team and their existing relationships with schools, social care and wider services and systems.
b) The Virtual School attached Education Psychologist Marianne Doonan would continue to be allocated 1 day per week to deliver training with a strong focus on Secondary schools with a high level of CIN and CP need

Reasons for the decision:

From September 2021 Virtual School Heads were asked to become strategic leaders for the cohort of children who have been assessed as being in need under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 and currently have a social worker and those who have previously had a social worker.

Alternative options considered:


Publication date: 21/09/2022

Date of decision: 20/09/2022

Effective from: 29/09/2022