Harrow Virtual School for: Children with a Social Worker (CWSW)

Harrow's CWSW offer


We run regular training sessions within the local authority. These sessions can be accessed by all schools' staff, in schools that have Harrow CWSWs. Most of the courses we run are led by the Virtual School Team. However, some of our courses are delivered by our various partners. This includes Harrow’s Standards and Effectiveness Team, Family First, and Hope Harrow.

We are also happy to deliver any of the training we offer to individual schools, academy chains or other local authorities. This can be done online or as face to face training at most settings.


Our goal is to support all of the professionals who work with our young people. We are always interested to hear their views on improving the service. We follow a tested school improvement model. We promote collaboration across settings and peer coaching through networks and best practice forums.


As a service we believe early intervention is key to the successful implementation of our offer. Our approach is firmly rooted in research such as that published by The Education Endowment Foundation. This research is used both to inform our practice and to ensure that we are aware of the current needs of CWSW, as well as those who support them.

In addition to these forms of intervention, we offer a variety of others. These include:

  • support with the development of Education Plans
  • peer to peer support offered through our Achievement Champions initiative
  • Enrichment & Family learning projects
  • advice on catch up programmes
  • home learning support delivered by third parties

To access this support contact the CWSW leads or The Virtual School who will only be too happy to discuss these with you. Contact details are at the end of this page.


We are in the process of developing resources to support our work with CWSW. All the materials used as part of our training are available to Harrow schools upon request.

The Young Harrow Foundation website has a wealth of information to support young people and the professionals who work with them. This includes a directory of support services in Harrow and information about Harrow’s activity and food (HAF) programme. HAF is accessible to all children in receipt of free school meals during school holidays.

In 2021, Young Harrow commissioned an investigation into Harrow’s young people, their health and well-being. The investigation involved a survey asking questions about the health and wellbeing of young people and elicited responses from 6,052 children and young people, across 25 schools and two Colleges. The findings of this investigation help to understand the specific and unique needs of young people who live in Harrow. The outcome of the report can be found in a report entitled ‘How are you Harrow?’