Broadband connectivity in North Somerset is provided in partnership with the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) to support learning opportunities for all schools, children and young people in North Somerset.
The South West Grid for Learning has an international reputation for providing high-class services to education. The South West Grid for Learning is a not-for-profit charitable trust company
The Virtual School (VS) monitor the educational progress and achievement of children in care to North Somerset and have a focus of raising the achievement of these children and young people, both as individuals and as a cohort.
The role of the Virtual School Head Teacher is a statutory responsibility provided by the Local Authority and North Somerset has a named officer/ Head Teacher in this role, working the equivalent of a 0.5 FTE contract. The Virtual School Head Teacher has the strategic responsibility for the education, attainment and progress of all North Somerset’s Children Looked After (CLA) wherever they are educated. To support this role there is a Virtual School Prevention and Re-Engagement Support Worker, who assists in the monitoring of the CLA in terms of attendance and progress and all related issues.
The roles of Advisory Teachers within the Virtual School are not statutory and, therefore, the support, advice and guidance, which schools will have been accustomed to will only be available, henceforth, as part of a traded service.
Strategic Schools Forum
All local authorities are required to have a schools forum which has a consultative role in relation to the local distribution of school funding. In North Somerset, we have delegated some of our decision-making responsibilities and given our schools forum an additional strategic role.
These responsibilities include:
• School & Early years Funding Formula
• Contracts for supplies and services
• Financial issues, in particular:
• arrangements for SEN
• arrangements for use of PRUs and EOTAS
• arrangements for Early Years
• revisions to Scheme for Financing Schools
• administrative arrangements for allocating Government Grants for schools
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