Training

The Virtual School Team deliver training sessions for a wide range of professionals who work with children in care and previously looked-after children. Please see below for further details. 

Nottingham City Virtual School Annual Programme of Support 2020-21

 As part of the Virtual School’s duty to improve and promote the education of children in care and previously looked after children, we are required to ensure appropriate arrangements are in place to meet the training needs of those responsible for promoting the educational achievement of looked-after and previously looked-after children, for example carers, adoptive parents, designated teachers, other school staff, social workers and IROs.

Please note:  due to the Covid-19 the advertised training dates are all cancelled in line with the Government’s guidelines.   Over  the coming months, please revisit our training programme for updates.

The Annual Programme of Support provided by the Nottingham City Virtual School provides details of our training and support to professionals in the 2020-21 academic year. Click here to book onto Virtual School training sessions.    

 To find out more details about the training we offer, select the options below. 

A network for Nottingham City Designated Teachers to support them in their duties to promote and support the educational achievement of looked after and previously looked after children. Network meetings provide opportunities for sharing evidence-based good practice and information relating to the education of looked after and previously looked after children, and is an opportunity for Designated Teachers to share their experiences and establish links with colleagues with similar roles.

Training Dates:

Autumn Term:                   tbc

Time:                                   tbc

Venue:                                 Jurys Inn, Station Street, Nottingham

 

Training and awareness raising in respect to the role and responsibilities of Designated Teachers in promoting and supporting the educational achievement of looked after children and previously looked after children.

Training will consider and explore Personal Education Plans, Pupil Premium Plus and other funding for looked-after and previously looked-after children, transitions between schools and key stages, behaviour and exclusions, special educational needs and interventions and practices that support the educational achievement of looked after and previously looked after children.

Training Dates:

 

Summer Term:       tbc

Time:                        tbc

Venue:                    Jurys Inn, Station Street, Nottingham

 

Training and awareness raising in respect to the role and responsibilities of social workers and other key people (Designated Teachers, Virtual Schools, carers and Independent Reviewing Officers) in promoting and supporting the educational achievement of looked after children.

Training will consider and explore:

1) the role of key people in promoting the education of looked after children
2) school admission arrangements
3) behaviour, attendance and exclusions
4) Personal Education Plans
5) Pupil Premium Plus and other funding
6) transitions between schools and key stages
7) special educational needs and disabilities..

Training is delivered in blocks of one hour for each theme, delegates can therefore either attend the entire training or attend themed blocks relevant to their need. 

Training and awareness raising in respect to the educational role and responsibilities of professionals working with looked-after children in promoting and supporting the educational achievement of looked after children.

Training will consider and explore the role of key people in promoting the education of looked after children, school admission arrangements, special education needs and disabilities, attendance and exclusions, Personal Education Plans and Pupil Premium Plus and other funding.

Training can be delivered to IRO teams during their development days/staff meetings and can be focussed on themes as required on dates convenient to teams.

Independent Reviewing Officer Training can be booked on dates and times to suit individual teams, please contact the Virtual School to arrange training.

Training and awareness raising in respect to the role and responsibilities of carers and other key people (Virtual Schools, social workers, designated teachers and Independent Reviewing Officers) in promoting and supporting the educational achievement of looked after children.

Training will consider and explore the role of key people in promoting the education of looked after children, school admission arrangements, special education needs and disabilities, attendance and exclusions, Personal Education Plans and Pupil Premium Plus and other funding.

Training is delivered to residential teams during their development days/staff meetings and can be focussed on themes as required on dates convenient to teams.

Children Residential Care Training can be booked on dates and times to suit individual teams, please contact the Virtual School to arrange training.

Training and awareness raising in respect to the role and duties of key people and bodies (Designated Teachers, Schools and Virtual Schools) in promoting and supporting the educational achievement of previously looked after children.

Training will consider and explore the role of key people in promoting the education of previously looked after children, school admission arrangements, attendance and exclusions, special education needs, Personal Education Plans and Pupil Premium Plus. 

Training and awareness raising in respect to the role and responsibilities of foster carers and other key people (Virtual Schools, social workers, designated teachers) in promoting and supporting the educational achievement of children in care.

The training aims to empower foster carers to take an active role in the education of children in care. It will explore the role of key people in promoting education, the purpose and process of Personal Education Plans (PEPs), the impact of attendance, an overview of special educational needs and the funding that is available to support children in care with their education.

Training Dates:

Date:          tbc

Venue:       tbc 

Room         tbc 

Training and raising awareness in respect to the role and duties of schools, governing bodies and other key people (Designated Teachers, Virtual Schools, and Independent Reviewing Officers) in promoting and supporting the educational achievement of looked after and previously looked after children.

Training Dates:

No future dates have been planned at present. 

 

Booking onto training

You can book onto training using the online training booking form at the following link: TRAINING BOOKING FORM

Please note this link is only accessible to Nottingham City schools and employees. Alternatively you can request an online booking form by emailing: virtualschool@nottinghamcity.gov.uk 

Please ensure you only book onto training relevant to your role and responsibilities.

Cancellations

We aim to always deliver training as scheduled in the Annual Programme, however, there may be rare occasions where we have to cancel training at short notice, in such incidents we will inform delegates as soon as possible before the date the training is due to be delivered. It is important therefore to provide a means of contact when booking training in case we need to get in touch.

Places on our training are limited, it is therefore important that you contact the Virtual School on either 0115 8764692 or by emailing virtualschool@nottinghamcity.gov.uk as soon as possible if you are unable to attend training booked, so we can release your place to another person.

Other support provided by Nottingham City Virtual School

In addition to the scheduled training programmes detailed above, we also provide the following support to professionals in respect to supporting and promoting the education of children in care:

  • Attendance a professionals’ team meetings and/or development days *
  • One to one meeting with school staff *
  • Attendance at Headteacher briefings
  • Presentations to newly qualified social workers during induction
  •  Attendance at foster carer business meetings
  •  Semi independent living for children in care aged 16+
  •  Bespoke training to other education professionals where required – fees may apply

 *Attendance is subject to the Virtual School having capacity to provide required support.  We would always encourage professionals to attend training wherever possible, particularly as we recognise that group training provides a valuable opportunity for people to learn from each other.  

 Please email your other support requirements to virtualschool@nottinghamcity.gov.uk