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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

A virtual school


Derbyshire County Council have a wizard idea for a virtual school, complete with a virtual head teacher.

HELPING CHILDREN IN CARE SUCCEED: We're appointing a virtual head teacher to help children in care do better at school. They will be responsible for establishing a virtual school to include well-trained 'designated teachers' in every Derbyshire school to provide bespoke support and mentoring. We're doing this ahead of Government changes because we know that a robust leader for children in care is the way forward. They will act as a champion with schools to seize opportunities and drive forward innovative ideas to help children in care succeed. 

Will the school take on virtual children and teach them the virtual skills to pass virtual exams?

It's virtually interesting isn't it? 

13 comments:

banned said...

Means they will have someone else to blame when the current generation of children in care fail to thrive.

Sackerson said...

Actually, a good idea that we already have in Birmingham:

http://www.virtualcollegebirmingham.com/

Looked After Children, because of previous abuse and neglect, very often can't cope with being in mainstream school and get thrown out very quickly.

Roger said...

The following extract tells you all you need to know about edyookayshun in Derbyshire.

"National changes to the way school budgets are dished out to make it simpler and fairer. Management of the county's four Pupil Referral Units will also be delegated to their existing management committees. Meanwhile, Cabinet has also agreed how special schools and enhanced resourced school provision is funding for the forthcoming year." I like 'dished out' though, a good plain term of which Gowers would have approved.

That said the looking after of children in care has always been a mess in the UK - stuck between being 'on the parish', being invoked far too late in the day and no-one wanting to face the fearsome cost of doing the job properly. Better to send them to Eton. Won't happen so virtual teachers seem a reasonable idea.

Nigel Sedgwick said...

I blame the virtual parents.

As with the real parents, care is their job, and not that of the teachers.

Best regards

A K Haart said...

banned - a virtual scapegoat.

Sackers - I'll take your word for it, but it seems rather remote to me.

Roger - but presumably there has to be personal contact somewhere to make it work.

Nigel - good point! Goes with virtual responsibility I suppose.

James Higham said...

Makes use of 2nd Life, does it?

A K Haart said...

James - is it? I don't know much about 2nd Life although I've heard of it.

Sam Vega said...

Costs virtually nothing, and has a virtual impact. These are virtual virtues.

A K Haart said...

Sam - virtual virtues sound so cool and modern.

malpas said...

does not education via the internet have a high drop out rate?

Sackerson said...

It's not merely by Internet, think outreach.

Not so worrying as our virtual economy with real mouths to feed!

A K Haart said...

malpas - I believe so, although I'm not sure why.

Sackers - can't we pay for real food with virtual money?

Sackerson said...

@AKH - for how much longer?