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.

Our Designated Teacher Network meetings typically take place on a termly basis in each area of the county. The aim of these 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. 

As part of our rolling programme of virtual Designated Teacher Network Meetings, please see information below about our upcoming sessions – our aim with these virtual meetings is to check in with you and for us to offer any guidance and support you might require, for our children in care.

Effective use of PPG to support pupil outcomes

  • Tuesday 10 January 2023 10am -10:45am
  • Tuesday 10 January 2023 3:45pm -4:30pm

The Joint Evaluation Review: Supporting school improvement 

  • Tuesday 24 January 2023 10am -10:45am
  • Tuesday 24 January 2023 3:45pm -4:30pm

Using the Strengths and Difficulties questionnaire to support the SEMH needs of pupils – Stephanie Fitzgerald, Founder of Education DESTY 

  • Tuesday 7 February 2023 10am -10:45am
  • Tuesday 7 February 2023 3:45pm -4:30pm

ePEP check-in 

  • Tuesday 28 February 2023 10am -10:45am
  • Tuesday 28 February 2023 3:45pm -4:30pm

Supporting the education of previously looked after children  - Jane Leighton, Specialist Education Psychologist

  • Tuesday 14 March 2023 10am -10:45am
  • Tuesday 14 March 2023 3:45pm -4:30pm

Please email the titles of the courses you wish to attend along with your preferred time and we will send you a meeting invite. Please contact us if you have any queries or require further information.

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 DESTYAC Education and Inclusion Expert to name a few.  Please also see the Resources and links page for more information on online training.