Barnsley Virtual School

The Virtual School has overall responsibility for monitoring the quality and outcomes of education provision planning for children in care up to the age of 19.

Years 12 and 13

We monitor provision for children in Years 12 and 13 through the use of post-16 Termly Personal Education Plans(TPEPs). These plans sit alongside the pathway plans for each young person.  

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4, as part of a young person’s Termly Personal Education Planning, career aspirations and post-16 destinations are identified and planned for. This process is supported by the targeted independent advice and guidance(TIAG) team.


At the end of October, we receive confirmation of post-16 destinations and courses for the Year 12 and 13 individuals from the post-16 data team. This is specifically provided at this time as it falls at the end of the course taster sessions, often offered in post-16 settings, and is after the date of formal post-16 registration. This ensures the data is of actual courses studied.

In the first two weeks of the second half of the autumn term, the post-16 TPEP for each child in care is then requested from the identified providers, in line with our step by step guide to education planning and monitoring for children in care over 16 years of age. The Virtual School Head quality assures the education plans.

Each young person’s progression towards achieving the qualification/outcomes identified on the plan are monitored through the request of updates to the post-16 TPEP mid-year (after February half term).

Where the October list identifies a young person not engaged in education, training or employment, the young person will be referred to the Education Training and Employment (ETE) panel.

The panel will seek to identify the contributing factors as to why a young person isn't engaged in ETE and develop an action plan to remove the barriers to engagement and match the young person to appropriate provision. 

Similarly, where the post-16 TPEP identifies a difficulty, or where information from the young person’s social worker indicates a young person's struggling to engage with their course/apprenticeship, a referral to the ETE will be undertaken. 


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