Training

The Virtual School provides training for:

  • Designated Teachers
  • Social workers
  • Foster carers
  • Teacher Training students
  • School staff

The Virtual School works with a small group of Warwickshire schools at a time to help them become attachment aware and trauma informed, providing training and support to enable them to develop better relationships within their settings leading to improved academic outcomes.

In 2021-22 we are continuing to share good practice and ideas through our network meetings. 

To book any of the sessions please email virtualschool@warwickshire.gov.uk with the desired session(s) and the email of the person attending the training.

New to Designated Teacher (DT) training

Are you new to the role of DT? This training will cover understanding the roles and responsibilities of being a DT, including the ePEP online system.

New to DT training will be delivered via Microsoft Teams.

List of New to Designated Teacher (DT) training available
Date Subject Time

Monday 13 September 2021

EYFS focus

1pm - 3pm 

Tuesday 14 September 2021

School age 

9.30am - 11.30am 

Tuesday 5 October 2021

Post 16 

9.30am - 11.30am 

Thursday 18 November 2021

EYFS, school age and post 16 

2pm - 4pm 

Monday 6 December 2021

EYFS, school age and post 16 

1pm - 3pm 

Friday 21 January 2022

EYFS, school age and post 16 

9.30am - 11.30am 

Monday 14 February 2022

EYFS, school age and post 16 

2pm - 4pm 

Thursday 17 March 2022

EYFS, school age and post 16 

9.30am - 11.30am 

Tuesday 26 April 2022

EYFS, school age and post 16 

1pm - 3pm 

Monday 23 May 2022

EYFS, school age and post 16 

1pm - 3pm 

Tuesday 21 June 2022

EYFS, school age and post 16 

9.30am - 11.30am 

Thursday 14 July 2022

EYFS, school age and post 16 

1pm - 3pm 

Designated Teacher (DT) training

The autumn full day DT training is face-to-face this year. The morning sessions will be delivered by the Virtual School Education Advisers with a focus on:

  • What makes a good PEP meeting?
  • The impact of PP+, interventions and use of EEF
  • The importance of high aspirations and longer term career goals
  • SDQs

The afternoon session will be delivered by the Educational Psychology service and will be a focus on mental health in the context of the pandemic. This session will focus on the impact of the pandemic in terms of anxiety and coping strategies, especially for our most vulnerable children/young people and the staff who support them. The Zones of Regulation will be introduced as a framework to support emotional regulation.

List of Designated Teacher (DT) training sessions available
Date Time Location
Thursday 7 October 2021 9am - 4pm Bulkington
Thursday 14 October 2021 9am - 4pm Rugby College

Tuesday 19 October 2021

9am - 4pm Rugby College
Thursday 4 November 2021 9am - 4pm Bulkington
Tuesday 9 November 2021 9am  - 4pm Bulkington

Network meetings

Our termly network meetings remain via Microsoft Teams. All Designated Teachers and Designated Teacher Support staff are welcome to share ideas. Please let your Education Adviser know if you would like to present at one of these events.

Previous topics have included: use of SDQ, transitions, PP+, record keeping for SEMH and the voice of a foster carer. 

All network meetings run from 4pm - 5pm.

Autumn Term 2021

Network Meetings - Autumn Term 2021
Date Area Venue
Tuesday 23 November 2021 South Warwickshire area Microsoft Teams
Thursday 25 November 2021 North Warwickshire area Microsoft Teams

Tuesday 30 November 2021

Rugby area Microsoft Teams

Spring Term 2022

Network Meetings - Spring Term 2022
Date Area Venue
Tuesday 15 February 2022 North Warwickshire area Venue / Teams TBC
Thursday 17 February 2022 Rugby area Venue / Teams TBC

Thursday 3 March 2022

South Warwickshire area Venue / Teams TBC

Summer Term 2022

Network Meetings - Summer Term 2022
Date Area Venue
Tuesday 7 June 2022 Rugby area Venue / Teams TBC
Tuesday 14 June 2022 South Warwickshire area Venue / Teams TBC

Thursday 16 June 2022

North Warwickshire area Venue / Teams TBC

To book any of the sessions please email virtualschool@warwickshire.gov.uk with the session being booked and the email of the person attending the training (so that the Teams invitation is set up with the correct email address).

Warwickshire Virtual School Training 2021/22

To be delivered remotely by the Educational Psychology Service on behalf of the Warwickshire Virtual School.

This training is targeting Designated Teachers for Children Looked After and Previously Looked After, in addition to members of staff who are, or have been, part of the Attachment Aware and Trauma Informed (AATI) School Project and may have missed training delivery in their school.

Please note that to take part in any of the sessions noted as being a ‘Part 2’ training there is an expectation that those attending will have received training in Attachment and/or Developmental Trauma as a pre-requisite.

To book your place(s), please email virtualschool@warwickshire.gov.uk confirming which training session, name and email address of the delegate. A link to the online training will be forwarded to the email address given, a few days prior to the training.

Autumn term

Course title Focus (please note) Date and time Face to face / virtual
An introduction to Trauma within a post-16 setting
  • To learn more about developmental trauma;
  • To understand the impact of trauma on the brain and the biological responses;
  • To be aware of ACEs and, in particular, their impact on children who are looked after (CLA) or previously looked after;
  • To consider strategies to support children who have experienced developmental trauma.
This course is principally focused on teaching/non-teaching staff who work with adolescents including post-16/colleges. 9am - 12 noon,
Wednesday 15 September 2021
Virtual
Anxiety: A Psychological Rethink
  • Understand anxiety from a psychological perspective;
  • Recognise a range of anxiety signs and symptoms;
  • Consider the implications for Children Looked After/ Previously Looked After and other vulnerable individuals;
  • Introduce a framework and approaches to support children experiencing anxiety.
This course is targeting teaching/non-teaching staff working in primary/ secondary schools. 9am - 12 noon,
Tuesday 28 September 2021
Virtual
An Introduction to Resilience
  • To develop an understanding of resilience theory;
  • To briefly consider teacher resilience and wellbeing;
  • To explore known protective factors across child development;
  • To introduce a practical tool that can be used to promote pupil resilience.
This course is targeting teaching/non-teaching staff working in primary/ secondary schools. 9am - 12 noon,
Thursday 7 October 2021
Virtual
Emotion Coaching
  • To understand why emotion coaching is important for children and your educational setting;
  • To learn about the physiological basis of emotions and the importance of self-regulation;
  • To learn the 5 steps of emotion coaching and apply to a practice scenario.
This course is principally focused on teaching/non-teaching staff who work with adolescents including post-16/colleges.
To make best use of this course, it would be preferable to have attended an input on Trauma and/or Attachment first.
9am - 12 noon,
Wednesday 3 November 2021
Virtual
Self-Harm

This is a new course that has been developed to provide insight and understanding of self-harm and to consider ways of responding and supporting young people.

This course is targeting teaching/non-teaching staff working in primary/ secondary schools. 9am - 12 noon,
Tuesday 9 November 2021
In-person - Rugby College
Restorative Approaches
  • Explore the underlying key principles of Restorative Approaches and why they might be considered within schools;
  • Begin to consider the different practical levels of implementation and ways to manage restorative conversations;
  • An understanding of the relational skills needed for restorative practices.
This course is targeting teaching/non-teaching staff working in primary/ secondary schools. 9am - 12 noon,
Wednesday 17 November 2021
In-person - Bulkington
Understanding teenage brain development and possible implications for learning and behaviour
  • Understand the changes which occur in the brain during adolescence and consider how this may impact on learning and behaviour
  • Understand how adolescence provides a “window of opportunity” to shift the course of development
  • Explore practical strategies and approaches to build a resilient adolescent brain, with a focus on children looked after (CLA) and vulnerable students
  • Introduce programmes to teach young people about their own brain development
  • Develop an action plan for implementation within your setting
  9:30am - 12:30,
Wednesday 8 December 2021
Virtual training

Spring term

Course title Focus (please note) Date and time Face to face / virtual
Anxiety: A Psychological Rethink in post 16 provisions
  • Understand anxiety from a psychological perspective;
  • Recognise a range of anxiety signs and symptoms;
  • Consider the implications for vulnerable individuals and especially those who have been looked after by the Local Authority;
  • Introduce a framework and approaches to support young adults who experiencing anxiety.
This course is principally focused on teaching/non-teaching staff who work with adolescents including post-16/colleges. 9am - 12 noon,
Tuesday 11 January 2022
In-person - Pound Lane, Leamington
An Introduction to Attachment
  • To understand what attachment theory is and the implications of differing attachments; To consider the impact of attachment on child development and in particular on the brain; To consider a ways to support children/young people displaying attachment needs in the classroom.
This course is targeting teaching/non-teaching staff working in primary/ secondary schools. 9am - 12 noon,
Tuesday 18 January 2022
Virtual
An introduction to Trauma
  • To learn more about developmental trauma;
  • To understand the impact of trauma on the brain and the biological responses;
  • To be aware of ACEs and, in particular, their impact on children who are looked after (CLA) or previously looked after;
  • To consider strategies to support children who have experienced developmental trauma.
This course is targeting teaching/non-teaching staff working in primary/ secondary schools. 9am - 12 noon,
Tuesday 1 February 2022
In-person - Pound Lane, Leamington

Understanding teenage brain development and possible implications for learning and behaviour

  • Understand the changes which occur in the brain during adolescence and consider how this may impact on learning and behaviour
  • Understand how adolescence provides a “window of opportunity” to shift the course of development
  • Explore practical strategies and approaches to build a resilient adolescent brain, with a focus on children looked after (CLA) and vulnerable students
  • Introduce programmes to teach young people about their own brain development
  • Develop an action plan for implementation within your setting
  9.30am - 12.30pm, Thursday 3 February 2022 In-person - Bulkington
An Introduction to Resilience
  • To develop an understanding of resilience theory;
  • To briefly consider teacher resilience and wellbeing;
  • To explore known protective factors across child development;
  • To introduce a practical tool that can be used to promote pupil resilience.
This course is principally focused on teaching/non-teaching staff who work with adolescents including post-16/colleges. 9am - 12 noon,
Wednesday 16 February 2022
In-person - Bulkington
Emotion Coaching
  • To understand why emotion coaching is important for children and your educational setting;
  • To learn about the physiological basis of emotions and the importance of self-regulation;
  • To learn the 5 steps of emotion coaching and apply to a practice scenario.
This course is targeting teaching/non-teaching staff working in primary/ secondary school.
To make best use of this course, it would be preferable to have attended an input on Trauma and/or Attachment first.
9am - 12 noon,
Thursday 3 March 2022
In-person - Pound Lane, Leamington