Larissa Gordon – Virtual School Head Teacher
Larissa took up post of Virtual School Head Teacher in November 2015. This post is the first of its kind in Scotland and demonstrates the commitment of Aberdeen City Council to its Looked After (Care Experienced) Children. Before taking up this post, Larissa was Depute Head at Oldmachar Academy in Aberdeen. She brings with her a wealth of experience in learning and teaching, curriculum design, leadership and management and pastoral care.
As a Depute Head, she developed effective partnerships with a range of organisations and businesses, implemented procedures to raise achievement and attainment and successfully supported children and families. Whilst a DHT Larissa was appointed as Aberdeen City Council's representative for School Leaders Scotland (SLS) which enables her to keep abreast of the latest developments in Scottish education.
Larissa is passionate about young people being supported to succeed in all aspects of their life. As lead corporate parent for education she aims to make sure that Looked After (Care Experienced) Children and Young People have the same opportunities as their peers who are not Looked After (Care Experienced) to benefit from high quality education through Curriculum for Excellence, including progression to further and higher education. Through an effective multi-agency and strategically co-ordinated approach she aims to level the playing field for our Looked After (Care Experienced) Children in Aberdeen City.
Virtual School Headteacher
Education and Children's Services
Aberdeen City Council
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Jacinta Birchley - Looked After Children Teacher
Jacinta has been in this role since 2005. During this time she has been responsible for rolling out the Scottish Governments policy and legislation in relation to looked after children and education within Aberdeen City. This is based on the Scottish Governments "We Can and Must Do Better" suite of publications and the Children & Young Persons (Scotland) Act (2014). She has been chair of the Scottish Looked After (Care Experienced) Children Education Forum and contributed to national developments.
Jacinta's main roles are:
- Supporting Education Pathways for Looked After (Care Experienced) Children and Young people
- Delivering training to professionals
Currently Jacinta is involved in the Keen4Work supported work experience programme run in partnership with Action for Children for care experienced young people aged between 16 and 26. She is particularly interested in this transition time in care experienced young people's lives as they navigate their way to having a positive adult life. Her research interests are in corporate parenting, social justice and looked after children.