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

The Annual Programme of Support provided by the Nottingham City Virtual School provides details of our training and support to professionals in the 2021-22 academic year. To find out more details about the training we offer, select the options below.  

The online booking form is underneath the details of the various training pages along with the booking and cancellation criteria.

From November 2020, Nottingham City Virtual School moved from a paper-based PEP to an electronic PEP for statutory school age children. 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:              Monday 11 October 2021
Time:              15:00 – 16:30
Venue:           Microsoft Teams
Virtual School staff leading the training:  
Tom Wheatley (Team Manager) and Karen Drummond (Education Support Officer)

Date:              Monday 31 January 2022
Time:              9:30 – 11:00
Venue:           Microsoft Teams
Virtual School staff leading the training:
Yewande Reece and Gail Surgay (Education Support Officers)

Date:            Tuesday 10 May 2022
Time:            15:00 – 16.30
Venue:          Microsoft Teams
Virtual School staff leading the training:
Aidan Sisson and Jacqueline Adams (Education Support Officers)

               

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.

The training 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):         

Date:            Tuesday 28 September 2021
Time:           15:00 – 16:30
Venue:         Microsoft Teams
Virtual School staff leading the training:
Tom Wheatley (Team Manager)

Date:            Wednesday 19 January 2022
Time:           15.00 – 16:30
Venue:         Microsoft Teams
Virtual School staff leading the training:
Kelley Connolly (Team Manager)

Date:            Tuesday 22 March 2022
Time:           15.00 – 16:30
Venue:         Microsoft Teams
Virtual School staff leading the training:
Jasmin Howell (Virtual School Head)

 

 

 

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.

The training 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):

Date:            Wednesday 3 November 2021
Time:            09:30 – 11:30
Venue:         Microsoft Teams
Virtual School staff leading the training:
Kelley Connolly (Team Manager)

Date:            Thursday 20 January 2022
Time:            15:00 – 16:30
Venue:          Microsoft Teams
Virtual School staff leading the training:
Kelley Connolly (Team Manager) 


Date:           
Thursday 24 March 2022
Time:           15:00 – 16:30
Venue:         Microsoft Teams
Virtual School staff leading the training:
Jasmin Howell (Virtual School Head)

 

Aimed at 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:            Friday 8 October 2021
Time:            09:30 – 12:30
Venue:         Microsoft Teams
Virtual School staff leading the training:
Karen Drummond and Blossom Stephens (Education Support Officers)

Date:            Tuesday 26 April 2021
Time:           13:00 – 16:00
Venue:         Microsoft Teams
Virtual School staff leading the training:
Marcus Reid and Jacqueline Adams (Education Support Officers)

 

 

 

The Virtual School is currently developing a range of e-learning modules relating to the education of children in care.   Available later in Autumn 2021, social workers will be able to access online training sessions at any time via Nottingham City Council’s Learning Zone. 

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 Date(s):                Further dates have yet to be confirmed.

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

Training date(s):                Further dates have yet to be confirmed.

 

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 looked after children with their education.

Training Date(s):                          Further dates have yet to be confirmed.

 

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 date(s):  Details to be confirmed

 Virtual School Trainers:   Jasmin Howell (Head of Virtual School) and Yewande Reece (Education Support Officer) 

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 Date(s):

No future dates have been planned at present.  

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

Please note some of the contents for these training sessions applies to Nottingham City schools and employees.   If you are having problems accessing the the online booking form please contact Paula Harrison email paula.harrison@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

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

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 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