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

Annual full day DT training will take place in autumn 2022. The morning session will be delivered by the Educational Psychology Service and afternoon by Virtual School Education Advisers.

Date Time Location
Tuesday 4 October 2022 9am-4pm Bulkington Community Centre
Wednesday 12 October 2022 9am-4pm The Sydni Centre, Leamington
Thursday 20 October 2022

9am-4pm

Bulkington Community Centre
Thursday 3 November 2022

9am-4pm

Rugby College
Wednesday 9 November 2022 9am-4pm The Sydni Centre, Leamington

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.

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

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.

Summer term 2022

Course title and description Target audience (max 30) Date and time Venue

An Introduction to Attachment

  • Understand what attachment theory is and the implications of differing attachments;
  • Consider the impact of attachment on child development and in particular on the brain;
  • Consider ways to support children/young people displaying attachment needs.
  • Preschool
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Post 16

09.00-12.00

Thursday 19th May 2022

Pound Lane, Leamington Spa

(Main Hall)

Emotion Coaching

  • Understand why emotion coaching is important for children and your educational setting;
  • Learn about the physiological basis of emotions and the importance of self-regulation;
  • Learn the 5 steps of emotion coaching and apply to a practice scenario.
  • Primary
  • Secondary 

To make best use of this course, it would be preferable to have attended an input on Attachment and/or Trauma first.

12.45-15.45

Thursday 19th May 2022

Pound Lane, Leamington Spa

 (Main Hall)

An Introduction to Trauma

  • Learn more about developmental trauma;
  • Understand the impact of trauma on the brain and the biological responses;
  • Be aware of ACEs and, in particular, their impact on looked-after/previously looked-after children;
  • Consider strategies to support children who have experienced developmental trauma.
  • Preschool
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Post 16

09.00-12.00

Tuesday 21st June 2022

Bulkington Community Centre, Bulkington, (Beaumont Rm)

An Introduction to Resilience

  • Develop an understanding of resilience theory;
  • Briefly consider teacher resilience and wellbeing;
  • Explore known protective factors across child development; 
  • Introduce a practical tool that can be used to promote pupil resilience.
  • Primary
  • Secondary

12.45-15.45

Tuesday 21st June 2022

Bulkington Community Centre, Bulkington, (Beaumont Rm)

Autumn term 2022

Course title and description Target audience (max 30) Date and time Venue

Gang Exploitation and its relationship to developmental trauma

  • Gain a psychologically informed understanding of gang exploitation;
  • Consider gang exploitation within an attachment and trauma informed framework;
  • Explore attachment aware and trauma informed ways of responding and supporting CYP with these needs.
  • Secondary
  • Post 16

09.15-12.15

Thursday 22nd September 2022

Bulkington Community Centre, Bulkington

(Weston Room)

Domestic Abuse

  • Introduce Domestic Abuse within the context of Adverse Childhood Experiences; ​
  • Look at the impact of Domestic Abuse upon children and families, from a psychological perspective;​
  • Explore what schools and settings can do to support children affected by Domestic Abuse;
  • Preschool
  • Primary
  • Secondary

09.15-12.15

Wednesday 28th September 2022

Bulkington Community Centre, Bulkington

(Unity Hall)

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.
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Post 16

09.15-12.15

Tuesday 11th October 2022

Bulkington Community Centre, Bulkington

(Beaumont Rm)

Inclusive Solutions to Behaviour that Challenges

  • Explore core values surrounding inclusion;
  • Review a series of theoretical approaches/strategies and their application to inclusion in school;
  • Consider a range of practical strategies to approach challenging and distressed behaviour;
  • Increase awareness of strategies to support young people’s development of self-regulation skills.
  • SLT
  • Primary
  • Secondary

09.15-15.45

Tuesday 18th October 2022

Bulkington Community Centre, Bulkington (Beaumont Rm)

An Introduction to Attachment

  • Understand what attachment theory is and the implications of differing attachments;
  • Consider the impact of attachment on child development and in particular on the brain;
  • Consider a ways to support children/young people displaying attachment needs.
  • Preschool
  • Primary
  • Secondary

09.00-12.00

Thursday 10th November

Bulkington Community Centre, Bulkington (Weston Room)

Emotion Coaching

  • Understand why emotion coaching is important for children and your educational setting;
  • Learn about the physiological basis of emotions and the importance of self-regulation;
  • Learn the 5 steps of emotion coaching and apply to a practice scenario.
  • Primary
  • Secondary
To make best use of this course, it would be preferable to have attended an input on Attachment and/or Trauma first.

12.45-15.45

Thursday 10th November 2022

Bulkington Community Centre, Bulkington (Weston Room)

An introduction to Trauma

  • Learn more about developmental trauma;
  • Understand the impact of trauma on the brain and the biological responses;
  • Be aware of ACEs and, in particular, their impact on children who are looked after (CLA) or previously looked after;
  • Consider strategies to support children who have experienced developmental trauma.
  • Preschool
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Post 16

09.00-12.00

Tuesday 29th November 2022
Bulkington Community Centre, Bulkington (Beaumont Rm)

An Introduction to Resilience

  • Develop an understanding of resilience theory​;
  • Briefly consider teacher resilience and wellbeing​;
  • Explore known protective factors across child development; ​
  • Introduce a practical tool that can be used to promote pupil resilience.
  • Primary
  • Secondary

12.45-15.45

Tuesday 29th November 2022

Bulkington Community Centre, Bulkington (Beaumont Rm)

An Introduction to Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

  • Understand more about the causes and characteristics of FAS
  • Explore implications within education
  • Consider approaches and strategies to support inclusion
  • Primary
  • Secondary

09.15-12.15

Thursday 8th December 2022

Pound Lane, Leamington Spa (Main Hall)

Spring term 2023

Course title and description Target audience (max 30) Date and time Venue

Anxiety:  A Psychological Rethink

  • 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.
  • Primary
  • Secondary

09.15-12.15

Thursday 26th January 2023

Pound Lane, Leamington Spa (Main Hall)

Gang Exploitation and its relationship to developmental trauma

  • Gain a psychologically informed understanding of gang exploitation;
  • Consider gang exploitation within an attachment and trauma informed framework;
  • Explore attachment aware and trauma informed ways of responding and supporting CYP with these needs.
  • Secondary
  • Post 16

09.15-12.15

Tuesday 7th February 2023

Pound Lane, Leamington Spa (Main Hall)

Self-Harm

  • Identify and understand self-harming behaviours in children and young people;
  • Consider strategies for good practice in supporting children and young people who self-harm;
  • Plan and identify a whole school approach.
  • Primary (KS2)
  • Secondary

09.15 - 12.15

Thursday 23rd February 2023

Bulkington Community Centre, Bulkington (Beaumont Rm)

Teenage Anxiety

  • Understand anxiety from a psychological perspective​
  • Recognise a range of anxiety signs and symptoms in adolescence
  • Consider the implications for looked-after/previously looked-after children and other vulnerable students
  • Introduce approaches to support young people experiencing anxiety using CBT based approaches
  • Secondary

09.15-12.15    

Tuesday 7th March 2023

Bulkington Community Centre, Bulkington (Beaumont Rm)

Understanding Teenage Brain Development and Possible Implications for Learning and Behaviour

  • Understand the changes which occur in the brain during adolescence
  • Understand how adolescence provides a ‘window of opportunity’ to shift the course of development
  • Consider strategies to build a resilient adolescent brain, with a focus on children looked after/previously looked after
  • Explore programmes to teach young people about their own brain development
  • Secondary
  • Post 16

09.15-12.15

Thursday 9th March 2023

Pound Lane, Leamington Spa (Main Hall)