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’s
Annual Programme of Support for 2021-22 academic year

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 independent reviewing officers.

Training is free for professionals listed above.  All training will delivered online via Microsoft teams

You can book onto training sessions by clicking the link below under ‘How to book a training session’.

E-PEP Training

This training will provide participants with knowledge and understanding of how the ePEP system works, through a live demonstration of the portal, taking participants through each section of the ePEP system. The training will also consider professionals statutory responsibilities in respect to PEPs.

Training dates:       

Date:            To be confirmed

Designated Teacher Training – new to the role

This training is for Designated Teachers who are new to the role. The training will cover the role and responsibilities of Designated Teachers in promoting and supporting the educational achievement of looked after children and previously looked after children.

It will consider: Personal Education Plans, Pupil Premium Plus, the role of the Designated Teacher, barriers that looked-after children face in education, and interventions and practices that support the educational achievement of looked after and previously looked after children.

Training Date(s):        

To be confirmed

Designated Teacher Network

This session will focus on providing updates in respect to the awareness of roles and responsibilities of Designated Teachers in promoting and supporting the educational achievement of looked after children and previously looked after children.

It will consider: Personal Education Plans, Pupil Premium Plus, 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 Date(s):

To be confirmed 

Social Worker Training

Focussing on the education of children in care, this training is to raise awareness and understanding 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.

The training will consider: the role of key people in promoting the education of looked after children, school admission arrangements and children without a school place, behaviour, attendance and exclusions, Personal Education Plans, Pupil Premium Plus and other funding, transitions between schools and key stages, and special educational needs and disabilities.

Training Date(s):              

Date:            To be confirmed

Residential Worker Training

Understanding 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 including post 16.

Training includes:

1. The role of key people in promoting the education of looked after children

2. Personal Education plans (including Pathway PEPS)

3. Exclusions and school transitions

4. Pupil Premium Plus and other funding (bursary for Post 16s)

5. Special education needs and disabilities

How to book staff training:   The children’s residential home manager should contact Marcus Reid on 079399986594 or email marcus.reid@nottinghamcity.gov.uk to arrange training specific to the learning needs of home staff.

Foster Carer Training

This training aims to raise the awareness in respect to the role and responsibilities of foster carers and other key people 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 Date(s):                   

Date:          Thursday 16 June 2022

Time:          13.30 – 15.30 

Venue:        Mircosoft Teams 

Virtual School Staff leading the training:
Karen Drummond and Blossom Stephens (Education Support Officers)

For this training only – to book your place please contact Rhiannon Gray/Sarah Wilkinson, Nottingham City Council’s Fostering Team tel 0115 87 64821 or email fostering.training@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Parents of adoptive children & special guardianships

Training to raise the understanding and awareness in respect to the role and duties of key people (designated teachers and Virtual Schools) in promoting and supporting the educational achievement of previously looked after children.  

The 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 educational needs and disabilities,  Personal Education Plans and Pupil Premium Plus. 

Training date(s):  please click here to access dates for these training sessions

Post-16 – Education of Children in Care

Specific for FE providers, this training aims to increase understanding and awareness in respect to the education of post 16 children in care, and considers the role and responsibilities of key people. The training will consider Post 16 Personal Education Plans (PEPs), the role of the Designated Staff Member(s), Post 16 Bursary, transitions further and higher education and overcoming barriers that looked after children face in education.

The Post 16 Education Support Officer can deliver this training to Nottingham City FE providers on days and times to suit. To book a session contact thevirtualschool@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Independent Reviewing Officer Training

This training aims to raise the awareness in respect to the role and responsibilities of the Independent Reviewing Officer and other key people in promoting and supporting the educational achievement of children in care. The training aims to empower Independent Reviewing Officers to take an active role in the education of children in care. It will explore the role of key people in promoting the education of children in care, the purpose and process of Personal Education Plans and the funding that is available to support children in care with their education.

Training is incorporated into Independent Reviewing Officers’ Development training sessions.

How to book onto a training session?

You can book your place using the online training booking form, click on link below:

https://online1.snapsurveys.com/yqim9s

If you are having problems accessing the the online booking form, please contact Paula Harrison via email: paula.harrison@nottinghamcity.gov.uk 

Please ensure you only book onto training relevant to your role and responsibilities. Some of the content covered in training may relate specifically to Nottingham City schools and staff. 

Terms and Conditions 

Once training has been requested via the link participants will receive an email with an invitation to the online session.  Please do not forward that invitation to other colleagues.  If you know of colleagues who want to attend that training they MUST book on individually via the above link.     

All training is evaluated and reviewed annually, or sooner where changes in legislation or policies requires. We ask that all participants complete our training evaluation forms as this helps us to ensure our training remains effective, informative and relevant.  

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 at 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
  • Training for semi independent living staff for children in care aged 16+
  • Bespoke training to other education professionals where required – fees may apply

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