Further assistance and resources for Foster Carers and Children and Young People

Have You Looked Around Our Revamped Website?

The Sutton Virtual School website is a comprehensive resource, with a wealth of information to support children or young people looked after and previously looked after young people. This includes educational resources, our latest news and events, support and guidance for schools.

National survey of children – The Big Ask

The Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, has launched The Big Ask – the largest ever consultation with children aged 4 to 17 in England. It aims to find out children’s concerns and aspirations about the future, so that they can be put at the heart of our country’s recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The survey is differentiated between age groups and will only take 5-10 minutes, so please encourage your children and young people to be heard!

Parents, care leavers and those working with children are also invited to complete the adult survey to share their views about the future for children and young people today, and what they think is holding young people back.

The results from this survey will help the Children’s Commissioner identify the barriers preventing children from reaching their potential, put forward solutions and set ambitious goals for the country to achieve.

 Supporting your child at home: fun ideas and activities

If you have a Primary-aged or Early Years child, please visit our Sutton Virtual School website,  where you will find sections in reading, writing and maths.  There are lots of activities that you could try at home and tips to help promote learning through play, too.

Free Music Lessons!

If your young person attends a Sutton school please click here to see if they are eligible for free music lessons.

XLR8 Course

Please encourage your young person if they are in Year 9 or above to sign up for the XLR8 to success programme. You should have already received registration details, but feel free to contact us if you need more information. Young people are expected to have completed the programme by the 23rd August 2021, they will receive a certificate upon completion.

The Princes Trust & London Learning Consortium careers programmes

We are always grateful to the many different organisations that we work with, who support Young people looked in engaging with education and training. The Princes Trust have launched a number of online events on a range of supportive careers programmes:

Achieve (16 – 25)  

The Achieve programme aims to create opportunities for young people by helping them to increase their confidence and develop the skills that they need to succeed in whatever they choose to do next.

Group Induction: Ongoing   

Where: Virtual Delivery  

How to refer: Email Natalie – natalie.west@bdc.ac.uk or 07458023691

Development Awards (16-30) 

The Princes Trust Development Awards can cover the cost of course fees, tools or equipment up to ÂŁ160 in order to help young people achieve their goals and move into education, training or employment. For more information, visit their website here.

The London Learning Consortium

The LLC have also announced their Step to Employment Traineeship Programme, supporting young people in training for a number of career fields, including Graphic Design Interns, Games Developers and Administration Support Officers. The programme combines employability training, English & Maths qualifications, and a minimum of 70 hours work experience with an exciting employer that wants to nurture and develop new talent. More information can be found here.

Arvon residential writing retreat

The Virtual School are hoping to take 11 young people away to Yorkshire for five days in August to engage with authors to improve their writing attainment. Attendees will have the opportunity to work on their creative writing skills. The young people will also be able to go on nature walks to explore the local area, play games and socialise in the evenings and test out their cooking skills by making meals for the group throughout the week! An opportunity not to be missed!