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Champions for learning in care

Virtual school heads have formed an association to influence policy on looked-after children's education, writes Jane Pickthall, vice chair, National Association of Virtual School Heads.

Be thankful for an unradical, quite sensible social work bill

During my professional career, I have from time to time found myself newly responsible for an unfamiliar area of work. It's always seemed sensible to me to start by talking to expert colleagues, and to read around the subject to gain a general understanding. That process has always included going back to the original source material and reading the underlying legislation. I have on my bookshelf a variety of Acts of Parliament with post-it notes showing the evolution of my ignorance into some degree of knowledge on topics as varied as school admissions and inspections.