The Virtual School works in partnership with schools and settings to improve the educational outcomes of children from GRT backgrounds and/or EAL. We aim to support schools to continuously improve engagement and provision in order to close the attainment gap.
We are a specialist team with extensive knowledge and understanding of the needs of diverse communities, offering practical and strategic support, relevant and up-to-date knowledge on policy, practice, and curriculum development, plus support for parental engagement and pupil participation.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) came into force in the UK in 1992; it gives children and young people (under the age of 18) specific rights, including the right to have a say and be respected, be healthy, and have an education; the Virtual School GRT/EAL is committed to supporting the Rights of the Child, and draws attention in particular to the following articles:
Article 3 (best interests of the child) The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all decisions and actions that affect children.
Article 8 (protection and preservation of identity) Every child has the right to an identity.
Article 12 (respect for the views of the child) Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously.
Article 24 (health and health services) Every child has the right to the best possible health.
Article 28 (right to education) Every child has the right to an education.
Article 29 (goals of education) Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.
Article 30 (children from minority or indigenous groups) Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, whether or not these are shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live.
Taken from UNICEF’s summary https://downloads.unicef.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/UNCRC_summary-1.pdf?_ga=2.158350778.1876963201.1527672579-1409590971.1527672579