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Hertfordshire’s Children Looked After and Care Leavers website

Hertfordshire County Council has been working with the Children In Care Council to produce a website specifically for Hertfordshire’s Children Looked After and Care Leavers. The website contains information around what a young person can expect when in care what they are entitled to and what happens when they leave care. Please promote this website amongst any young people you work with who are looked after by Hertfordshire County Council or have recently left care. If you have any feedback or comments please email

Welcome from the Virtual School Head

I hope that you had a good summer and are relaxed and ready for the school year ahead. As promised, we have worked hard over the holidays to develop a better and less bureaucratic way to work with you this year. We have created a set of documents that will clearly set out how the Virtual School will both support and challenge schools to improve the educational outcomes of children and young people in care. Please see the documents below:

The Cycle of Support

A diagram showing that the visits from the Virtual School and Herts for Learning (HfL) will be co-ordinated and used to offer you both support and challenge. On the back you will find our published priorities for the academic year 2016-17:

The Hertfordshire Virtual School Visit Protocol

The intention of either a visit by the Virtual School or HfL is that the school visit will be both rigorous and comprehensive and a worthwhile exercise for the school. The visit will also provide essential information and is designed to have impact on the educational progress of the children looked after on roll. The protocol clearly sets out what the school should expect from a visit.


This Self Evaluation document is for the Designated Teacher to complete by the stated times in the cycle of support. It is a document that reviews the practices within the school that promote the educational achievement of children looked after. Together with the ePEP it will replace the Pupil Premium + (PP+) Annual Audit and the termly data gathering exercise. It is also a document that Designated Teachers can use as their report to School Governors. The CLASEF will only need to be fully completed once a year and will provide the focus of the meetings with your Education Adviser from the Virtual School.

Hertfordshire Primary Schools
Hertfordshire Secondary Schools
Out of County Primary Schools
Out of County Secondary Schools
The ePEP Timescale

To clarify when an ePEP must take place.

The HERTS Awards 2016 - Hertfordshire Encouraging a Road To Success

Last year, the Virtual School presented over 350 HERTS Awards to children looked after and care leavers at the 2015 HERTS Awards ceremony. This year, to celebrate our children’s achievements, we shall be returning to the Watford Colosseum on:

Sunday 20th November 2016

Submit your nomination by clicking on this link:

If you are a designated teacher in school, foster carer, social worker, child care worker (children’s residential), youth worker or any other professional who works with children and young people in care or care leavers, this is your opportunity in 2016 to say ‘well done’ and nominate them for any area of achievement.

  • The Bronze Award is for children and young people who have achieved targets set to stretch their achievement
  • The Silver Award is for children and young people who have achieved well beyond expectations or targets set in a particular area.
  • The Gold Award is for exceptional achievement in any area.

Nominations can be for:

  • Academic effort or attainment
  • Attitude / Behaviour
  • Citizenship
  • Music
  • Sporting achievement
  • Resilience
  • Other (please give details)

In addition to the Bronze, Silver and Gold HERTS Awards, we also present Special Awards in the following categories:

  • Achievement in sport
  • Children who care (for the children of foster carers)
  • Citizenship
  • Creative writing / poetry
  • Excellence in information technology
  • Exceptional effort
  • School attendance
  • University attendance and graduation

If you would like to discuss the HERTS Awards in more detail or have any queries, please contact the Virtual School on 01992 556915 or email us at

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