Be You training session a success for Looked After Children

Virtual School Published Friday, 3rd August 2018

A two-day training session for looked after children has been held by Worcestershire County Council's Virtual School.

Looked after pupils and students from all over the County were invited to attend a 'Be You' training session run by Steve Boycott in conjunction with Worcestershire Virtual School. It was a team building day with the aim to raise self-esteem and engagement of our young people.


The Virtual School monitors the educational outcomes for looked after children and works closely with other professionals, together with parents and carers, to ensure that children receive the best education possible and get the support they need.


On July 16, secondary and middle school pupils and on July 17 primary and first school pupils took part in a number of activities, that provided them with the opportunity to develop their key skills - teamwork, overcoming challenges, resilience, and confidence. Having completed the first day, a selection of young people were invited back to lead activities with younger children during the second day. 


Gwen Fennell, Head Teacher of the Virtual School, said:  "I'm really keen to do everything we can to support the education of these young people and develop their confidence and self-esteem.


"The first day was for young people who attend a secondary school in Worcestershire.


"Adults on the day saw a clear change in the behaviour and attitudes of young people after overcoming challenges from the first day. 


"We asked some of them to come back to help out with the second day. So they were able to set a good example for the younger children, which in turn helped to further develop their own leadership skills."


Councillor Marcus Hart, Chairman of governors for the Virtual School, added:  "Activities like this one provides a tremendous boost to the educational and personal development of these children and young people. 


"There is often little space during the academic year for schools to do this themselves. A huge thanks to Gwen Fennell, Virtual School Head, Kate Wilcock, Head teacher Pitmaston Primary and Kaye Mason, Assistant Head Teacher, Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College for organising and hosting a superb event."