Education, relationships, health and money as a looked after child

Your education

All children and young people have a right to an education. On this page you can find out how you can get support in your school and college life.

A teacher to help you

When we start looking after you, whether you stay at your school or have to go to a new school, you will have a ‘designated teacher’ who has responsibility for children who are looked after.

This teacher will help you with your personal education plan (PEP). He or she will also be someone who you can talk to if you are worried about anything or if you have any questions.

Supporting you in your education

It is important to us that you get the most from your education and we will help you to achieve this to the best of your abilities.

Newham Virtual School

We have a team called the Newham Virtual School (which used to be known as the Children Looked After Support Project or CLASP), and their aim is to make a positive difference to the health and education of all looked after children and care leavers.

The Newham Virtual School has dedicated:

  • Teachers
  • Education and training workers.

They will work with you and the agencies involved in your care, to support you through your education, and beyond, into working life. 

Catching up and extra help with your school work

If you have missed school a lot in the past and/or you have fallen behind with school work, the teachers in the Newham Virtual School can work with you, the school and others to help get you the support you need.

If you would like extra support with your school work, you can ask your social worker to get in touch with Newham Virtual School on your behalf. 


Taking exams is part of every child’s and teenager’s school life. You can plan ahead for your exams with the help of your carer and your social worker.

You can also talk to your teacher if there is anything that you are struggling with, your teacher can also connect you with Newham Virtual School for additional support.