Virtual School training courses

In this section you will find information on our training offer aimed at Designated Teachers and PEP writers, carers and Social Workers.

Designated Teachers and PEP writers

The training events provide you with an opportunity to develop links with the Virtual School and with other Designated Teachers as we work together to increase the progress Suffolk’s children in care make in school. Even if you currently have no children in care at your school it is important that you stay up to date with processes and expectations should a child join you.

Furthermore, Ofsted is looking quite closely at the relationship schools have with the Virtual School and information gained at network meetings has proven very useful to many schools during inspections. Education outcomes for children in care are a priority for Ofsted in the Eastern Region and inspectors have told us that they will be looking closely at how a school prioritises work with children in care when making inspection judgements.

Designated Teachers network meetings

Our Designated Teacher Network meetings typically take place on a termly basis in each area of the county. The aim of the sessions is to share good practice and updates regarding the education of children in care and to also enable DTs from different schools to establish links and to share experiences that will benefit each other’s work with children in care and children previously looked after.

The network sessions are available to PEP writers and Governors with CiC and PLAC oversight as well as DTs.

Autumn 2021

We are pleased to offer the following training sessions and network meetings to support and enable our Designated teachers.  

Date Time Topic
Tuesday 21 September 2021

9.30am to 12pm or 1pm 3.30pm

 

New DT Induction

Presenters: Esther Das, Assistant Virtual School Head and Ro Harte, Deputy Virtual School Head

This course would also be suitable as a refresher course.

Booking for the above course is available via CPD online.

Please follow the relevant link to book a place.


Wednesday 6 October 2021

09:30 am - 12:00 pm 

New DT Induction

Presenters: Esther Das, Assistant Virtual School Head and Ro Harte, Deputy Virtual School Head

This course would also be suitable as a refresher course.

Booking for the above course is available via CPD online

Course code: SVS/AUT21/DT3

Week beginning 13 September 2021 

Daily, 10:00 am - 10:45 am or 03:45 pm - 04:30 pm.

Please choose one date and time.

Welfare Call ePEP template updates for September 2021

Presenter: Esther Das, Assistant Virtual School Head

 Additional training dates for Welfare Call ePEP template training  

Wednesday 29 September      3:45pm – 4:30pm

 or

Monday 4 October                 10:00am – 10:45am

 

 

Welfare Call ePEP template updates for September 2021

Presenter: Esther Das, Assistant Virtual School Head

 

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

10:00 am - 10:45 am or 03:45 pm - 04:30 pm

An Introduction to Interventions available via Psychology and Therapeutic Services

Presenters: Kelly Francis, Inclusion Facilitator and Imogen Howarth, Senior Education Psychologist

 Tuesday 12 October 2021  10:00 am - 10:45 am or 03:45 pm - 04:30 pm

 An introduction to the new non statutory guidance, Promoting the education of children with a social worker

Presenter: Matthew Cooke, Virtual School Head

Tuesday 19 October 2021 10:00 am - 10:45 am or 03:45 pm - 04:30 pm

Effective use of the pupil premium grant for CiC 

Presenters: Esther Das, Assistant Virtual School Head and Ro Harte, Deputy Virtual School Head

Tuesday 9 November 2021 10:00 am - 10:45 am or 03:45 pm - 04:30 pm

Supporting children who are previously looked after (pLAC)

Presenter: Jane Leighton, Specialist Education Psychologist

Tuesday 16 November 2021 10:00 am - 10:45 am or 03:45 pm - 04:30 pm

ePEP Check in

Presenter: Esther Das, Assistant Virtual School Head

Tuesday 23 November 2021 10:00 am - 10:45 am or 03:45 pm - 04:30 pm

Supporting UASC

Presenter: Kat Sidoli, Consultant Social Worker, UASC and Leaving Care Team

     

To reserve a place, please email or call the Suffolk Virtual School office with your preferred date and time.

Email: SuffolkVirtualSchool@suffolk.gov.uk 

Phone: 01473 260818.

Online Training Resources

We offer online training packages, free of charge, to DTs. Access to these can be requested from the Virtual School office or via your Virtual School contact.

Recently, we have provided training via Education DESTY, AC Education and Inclusion Expert to name a few.  Please also see the Resources and links page for more information on online training.

Foster Carers

Carers play an invaluable role in supporting our young people to achieve the best possible outcomes at school. The education landscape is changing as are the demands on young people. The more equipped you are as a carer, the more your young person or people will get out of their school experience.

We are pleased to share that we will once again be offering face to face support sessions this term to help you as carers to get the best of your foster child or children. The aim of each session is to provide carers with essential information and support about how to maximise the academic success and educational experience of each young person. Each term’s workshop will have a specific focus, giving you key information about an aspect of education followed by some hands-on input around an aspect of teaching and learning that will help you to help your foster child or children to at least achieve their potential.

The sessions will be suitable for carers of children within both primary and secondary settings. We have recently made some changes to our PEP document to support our children and young people even more effectively which we can share with you. The focus of the autumn term session will be: 

The role of the Designated Teacher and the Personal Education Plan (PEP)

Venue Date Time
 West Suffolk House, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3YU      Friday 12 November  9.30 – 11.30 am   
 Riverside, Lowestoft, NR33 0EQ  Monday 22 November     9.30 – 11.30 am
 Endeavour House, Ipswich, IP1 2BX  Friday 26 November  9.30 – 11.30 am

 

To reserve a place, please contact the Suffolk Virtual School office via email SuffolkVirtualSchool@suffolk.gov.uk or call 01473 260818.