Success for Students with North Yorkshire Virtual School | New

The achievements of children in care and leavers are celebrated as they prepare to begin the next chapter of their education.

Our virtual school accompanies young people throughout their schooling, including their progression towards higher and higher education, apprenticeship and employment. This year, the service will see three young people go to university to study degrees in law, psychology and criminology and international business. Others will start undergraduate and foundation courses, as well as professional and skills courses.

The County Council’s Virtual School works with children and young people in care and outgoing, whether they are placed in a facility in North Yorkshire or elsewhere in the country. It monitors their progress and provides specialist support to help them overcome any additional challenges they may encounter during their studies.

The service operates in the same way as a traditional school, but without a physical building. It organizes tailor-made education for children and young people, often individually. These services are often provided outside of school buildings due to the young person’s anxiety or trauma.

It also provides advice and information to young people with experience in care and their parents, foster families, caregivers, guardians and the schools they attend.

Education Support celebrates its students’ achievements in their GCSE and A-level courses and ensures they can confidently move on to their next step in education, employment or training.

In addition to A-levels, young people in the Post-16 Education Virtual School study or are about to study a range of vocational courses such as construction, childcare, engineering, animal care and English to Speakers of Other Languages ​​(ESOL). Others take functional skills classes.

Our Virtual School Principal, Julie Bunn, said: “Each of these young people have plans in place to continue their education next year.

“We also have three virtual school youngsters entering university this year having achieved the A-level results they needed. One student will study law at York St John and two will go to Leeds Beckett to study psychology, criminology and international business.

“There are 10 other care leavers starting undergraduate and foundation courses.

“We now have close to 40 young people at the university and we are so proud of each student’s accomplishments.

Foster carer Ronald Deakin takes in unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and has five youngsters who are currently continuing their studies and receiving virtual school support.

Mr Deakin said: ‘The virtual school has been really, really supportive. This help ranges from supporting children entering their new UK school for the first time – which can be difficult – to providing IT equipment.

“We currently have a 16-year-old Iranian, who is going to the virtual school graduation day in Northallerton after his GCSEs. Another one of our teenagers has just passed his A-levels after getting 12 GCSEs and is now going to university.

“He’s the first foster child we’ve had who goes to college and has mentored our other foster children, telling them what they can accomplish if they get involved.

“I think for all foster parents, virtual schools are really essential. They provide the kind of support that some children really need. You have to remember that most unaccompanied asylum seekers study here for degrees, although English is not their first language.

“I attach great importance to education. You don’t want them to leave school at 15 or 16 – it’s vital they get qualifications and go on to create a good adult life for themselves.

Executive Member of Children’s Services, Cllr Janet Sanderson, said: “We are extremely proud of all the achievements of children and young people with the virtual school and the number of them who have overcome their own individual challenges. to persevere in their studies.

“To see so many of them go on to college and graduate school and into the careers they have chosen is a testament to their hard work.”

Perry A. Thomasson