Training Opportunities

Regular updates and thorough training help us to ensure that Designated Teachers and social workers are equipped to support children in care.

Group of teachers during ice breaker exercise on training course

The courses below aim to support Designated Teachers in their role, and to promote an understanding of the needs of children in care and previously looked-after children to all school staff.

Attachment-Aware Schools Report

Leicestershire Virtual School commissioned a report from the Rees Centre, University of Oxford to provide an independent assessment of the outcomes of the Attachment Aware Schools Programme 2016-17 delivered in schools by Leicestershire Virtual School trainers.

This research identified the impact of the training on participants and followed up on the outcomes achieved as a result of the implementation of attachment aware strategies in school. It identified six areas of impact and made some suggestions for next steps.

Induction training for new Designated Teachers

Aims: To provide information about:

  • the role of a Designated Teacher for children in care and previously looked-after children
  • what happens when a child/young person is taken into care
  • the role of the Virtual School and how we work with schools
  • the barriers to learning and ways to support children and young people in care

Dates and venue:

  • Thursday 12 January 2023, 9.30am - 1pm (venue TBC)
  • Thursday 27 April 2023, 9.30am - 1pm (online)

To book your place: virtualschool@leics.gov.uk

Designated Teacher cluster session

This training is ideal for: Designated Teachers.

A great opportunity to get together with other DTs to discuss best practice and key issues. Each session will focus on a particular issue (TBC).

Dates and venue: TBC

Book your place: virtualschool@leics.gov.uk

ePEP training

This training is ideal for: Designated Teachers.

If you are a new DT and haven’t completed an ePEP, please contact the VS to ask for a Casework Officer to call you to explain the process.

Venue: Online

Book your place: virtualschool@leics.gov.uk

Principles of Theraplay training

Theraplay is a therapeutic technique developed in the USA in the 1960s by clinical psychologist, Anne Jernberg. Theraplay is multisensory - it involves touch, movement, rhythm, eye contact, and experiences that help to regulate the brain.

This practical training session uses the Principles of Theraplay to encourage children to have fun, play and manage things in a different way.

Aims: To develop an understanding of how to support children to:

  • build attachment
  • promote trust
  • develop self-esteem and self-worth
  • organise and regulate feelings
  • stay calm
  • internalise motivation

Dates and venue:

  • Tuesday 7 March 2023, 9.30am - 3pm, NSPCC National Training Centre, Leicester

To book your place: virtualschool@leics.gov.uk

Cost: £45pp

Governor training: Improving Outcomes for Children in Care

This training is ideal for: Governor/trustee with responsibility for vulnerable groups. You may wish to consider attending this training with your Designated Teacher for children in care.
Children who are in care are one of the lowest performing groups in terms of educational outcomes. This session will enable you to consider if your governing body is doing everything it can to support children in care and previously looked-after children with their education.

Course objectives:

  • To understand the role of the Designated Teacher and a school's governing body
  • To highlight the statutory guidance and guidelines for effective working with children in care
  • To consider the key points and questions to support Ofsted inspections

Date and venue: TBC

Whole school training

Aims:

  • To understand the barriers to learning for children and young people who have had a difficult start in life, including the impact of trauma and attachment difficulties
  • To recognise what's behind children's behaviour
  • To develop strategies and approaches to use at school, including Emotion Coaching

This is a 2 hour session for whole staff groups which can be delivered face to face or can be delivered over two one hour sessions via Microsoft Teams.

Follow up sessions can be arranged, e.g.:

  • staff surgery/drop in after school
  • bespoke input for a team around a specific child

To book a convenient time for your school, email: virtualschool@leics.gov.uk

Cost of whole school training: There is currently no charge for this training.

Primary and Secondary KALM (Key Adult Learning Modules)

This training is ideal for: support staff in schools who are, or may become, key adults working with vulnerable children.

Aims:

  • To understand the role of the key adult for children in care and other vulnerable children in schools
  • To increase understanding of children’s behaviour, including the impact of trauma and attachment needs
  • To understand how executive functioning difficulties affect learning and to learn strategies to support the development of executive functions
  • To become familiar with resources, strategies and activities to improve children’s emotional well-being, including Emotion Coaching and Theraplay activities
  • To be familiar with the use of assessment tools, including the Boxall Profile
  • To reflect on practice and ways to problem-solve difficult situations

Dates and venue: (NB there will be separate sessions for primary and secondary staff)

Participants must attend all three days

Primary KALM training

Tuesday 10 January 2023 (9.30am to 3pm)

Venue: NSPCC

Secondary KALM training

Wednesday 15 February 2023 (9am to 3pm)

Wednesday 15 March 2023 (9am to 3pm)

Wednesday 29 March 2023 (9am to 3pm)

Venue: Park House, Glenfield

To book your place, email: virtualschool@leics.gov.uk

Cost: £150pp for all 3 days

Early Years Attachment and Trauma training, including Emotion Coaching

This training is ideal for: Early years settings and childcare providers

This online training helps early years settings to develop their skills to support this often vulnerable group of children. The training will share strategies including emotion coaching which can be used.

Aims:

  • To understand the barriers to learning for children and young people who have had a difficult start in life, including the impact of trauma and attachment difficulties
  • To recognise what's behind children's behaviour and how settings can develop positive attachments
  • To develop strategies and approaches to use, including Emotion Coaching

Dates and venue:

  • Thursday 16 February 2023, 9.30am to 11.30am (online)
  • Thursday 18 May 2023, 1.30pm to 3.30pm (venue TBC)

To book your place, email: virtualschool@leics.gov.uk

Training for Social Workers

We also provide training for newly qualified social workers to help them support children in care to overcome the barriers they face in education.

Working with Traumatised Children: A Practice Approach

This training is ideal for: Newly qualified social workers, social workers, support and assessment workers, Early Help and Wellbeing practitioners.

Aims: To gain an understanding of how schools can support vulnerable children, including:

  • the effect of trauma and attachment difficulties and how schools can address these barriers to learning
  • the effect of transitions and how to support children to cope with changes
  • developing social and emotional skills
  • the theory behind Emotion Coaching and the benefits of using it with children and adults
  • Secondary trauma and the impact of working with vulnerable children on your own wellbeing

Dates and venue:

  • Wednesday 15 March 2023 (1pm - 3.30pm)

Venue: Beaumanor Hall

Book your place online

Introduction to the Virtual School for ASYE’s and Children in Care Service

This training is ideal for: Newly qualified social workers and those who work directly with children who are looked-after.

Aims: The role of Leicestershire Virtual School and how to work effectively to promote better outcomes for children in care including:

  • Personal Education Plan (PEP) meetings
  • Pupil Premium Plus (PPP) funding
  • The role of Designated Teachers of children in care (DTs)
  • Admissions and supporting school moves
  • The education system including assessment, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities processes, exclusions
  • Promote learning

Dates and venue:

  • Wednesday 15 March 2023 (9.30am - 12pm)

Venue: Beaumanor Hall

Book your place online