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Raising Health and Education for Looked After Children

The RHELAC Team is a multi-agency team whose purpose is to raise the health and educational outcomes for Looked After Children.

The Virtual School

The Virtual School for Looked After Children is a concept rather than a concrete place. It sits within the RHELAC Team. The Virtual School monitors the educational progress of all looked after children from nursery through to university.

The Virtual School is managed by Jane Pickthall, Head of the Virtual School.

Aims of the Team

To work in partnership with key individuals and organisations.
To promote the wellbeing of each individual from birth to adulthood.
To maximize the educational attainment and aspirations of each individual.
To promote opportunities within a range of educational and vocational settings.
To ensure accurate and up-to-date information is maintained.
To pioneer multi-disciplinary working practice.
To advise and offer training opportunities for all professionals working with Looked After Children.

Who’s Who?


Designated Nurses for Looked After Children Gill Robinson and Judith Capstick-Meredith are experienced Public Health Nurses who provide support and advice to individual children and those caring for and working with looked after children.

Health Administrator

Jan Southern is responsible for co-ordinating and recording the health assessments. This involves liaison with all relevant professionals. Jan is supported by Rachael Murray who coordinates the SDQs.

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Rob Johnson provides a Clinical Psychology perspective and is involved in the co-assessment of children who are at higher risk of developing or exhibiting mental health problems.


Dr Belinda Bateman, Consultant Paediatrician offers a strategic input into the team and trains and supports each new cohort of trainee paediatricians carrying out the health assessments.


Head of The Virtual School for Looked After Children Jane Pickthall manages and co-ordinates education support, monitors progress and has strategic input across the directorate.

Senior Teacher for Looked After Children

Secondary English Specialist Frances Brady offers direct support in school for children and young people to help boost GCSE grades, support transition and improve basic skills. Frances is also a licensed Thrive practitioner and member of the British Dyslexia Association.

Secondary Maths and Science Specialist

Steve Laidler offers direct support particularly for those behind with GCSE coursework and requiring additional maths and science support.

Secondary Maths and English Specialist

Jane Raffell offers direct support particularly for those behind with GCSE coursework and requiring additional maths and English support.

Primary  Specialist

Primary Specialist Christine Petty offers direct support in school particularly those in primary school requiring additional literacy and numeracy support.

Performance Officer

Wendy James manages various databases to support the monitoring role of The RHELAC Team. She is part of the Research and Intelligence Team.

Education Administrator

Joanne Burt completes PEP audit on regular basis and reports to field teams. Helps to co-ordinate events and manages the administration of the Pupil Premium funding.

Connexions Personal Adviser

Gail Waldon offers advice to young people about Post 16 options. Provides on-going monitoring and evaluation of placements and qualifications post 16.

Educational Psychologist

Wendy Jackson, Amelia Taylor and Victoria Hall are involved with Statutory Assessments, monitoring data, providing links with Educational Psychology Service and advising other members of team and schools.


Karen Logan is a qualified counsellor offering an integrative approach to counselling young people, their carers and families experiencing a range of emotional difficulties. Offering emotional support and advice to school staff or other professionals involved with young people.

Whether it’s developing people’s skills and knowledge through training or bringing colleagues together at an event, our teams deliver training and events that reflect your current needs.

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