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Pilot Project

The Virtual School has secured additional funding from “What Works for Children in Social Care” following a successful bid for the academic year 2020-2021.

This innovative pilot project is supporting Bath and North East Somerset’s vulnerable children who are on child protection (CP) or children in need (CIN) plans, from the Early Years to Year 11.  Two advisory teachers are working closely with social care teams and schools, providing education advice and guidance that is bespoke to each individual child.  An education psychologist is also available for commissioned work. 

The overriding aim of the pilot project is to reduce exclusions, increase attendance and improve outcomes through providing additional, funded opportunities.  To date, the pilot has funded:

  • Equine therapy
  • Additional 1:1 tuition
  • Thrive
  • Mentoring support
  • Solution Focussed Techniques to support self-management of behaviour
  • Music Therapy
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Social Stories
  • Sporting Activities to raise self esteem

Already, there are a number of success stories, with children, social workers and school staff able to see positive outcomes from the support.  Central to these successes has been positive relationships between social workers, parents, school staff and the VS’s advisory teachers.  As a result, support has been targeted, and reflective of school priorities, with maximum impact.

For additional information about the project please contact:

Sarah Gunner
Head of the Virtual School

Julia Wallcroft
Senior VS Education Advisor (EYFS/Primary)

Ruth Taylor
Senior VS Education Advisor (Secondary)