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Durham Virtual School (for looked after children and young people) - support for educating children at home

During this time when many of you have chosen to keep your children at home we want you to know that Durham Virtual School is still here supporting you. This page contains useful links that may help answer questions or give you some strategies to use if you feel you need some extra support.

Since the schools have closed, we have provided additional resources to support educating children at home and have worked with schools to make sure your child has access to everything they need. Children in Reception and Year 1 will receive monthly copies of Storytime Magazine and those in Years 2 through to Year 8 have access to Fiction Express. In addition to this, all children in Years 2 to 6 will continue to receive their termly Curious Kids packs.

We have added some links to online learning resources and suggested sites to support you and your children at this difficult time. We will constantly review and add to these, so please check back regularly.

We would love to see some examples of the great work the children have been doing and will be gathering examples to showcase at some point. This could be in the form of creative writing, poetry, model building, art work, photographs of activities you have done such as cookery. You can send them to us at our email address

In the meantime please feel free to contact us as we are here to help.

Competition time!

We are running a competition for our children and young people to show off their creativity and imagination. To celebrate all of our wonderful children and how amazing they have been in adjusting to their new and unusual way of life, we'd like them all to take part and produce some artwork or creative writing about the time they have spent in lockdown. There are two competitions - one for nursery through to Key Stage 2 and one for our Key Stage 3 and 4 young people. 

Hopefully we will be able to create an amazing display of all of our children's work. There are also some prizes up for grabs in every age group. Further details can be provided by contacting either The Virtual School, your designated teacher or your social worker. All entries need to be returned to us at by Friday 10 July. Winners will be notified by email. 

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Durham Virtual School
03000 267 800
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