Training and development

As part of our drive to improve the outcomes for cared for and previously cared for after children, Salford Virtual School Team provide training and development sessions across a range of subject areas linked to education for school staff, social care colleagues and carers/parents. A list of our current offer is below (sessions are either provided by VST staff, our commissioned partners or a combination of the two):

  • Effective completion of and target setting in personal education plans, including best use of the pupil premium plus grant
  • Attachment awareness/ACEs/trauma responsive approaches
  • Emotion coaching
  • Positive support meetings - whole school/staff group sessions centred around understanding and meeting the needs of individual pupils
  • Transition
  • Statutory processes for SEND, EHCPs and needs assessments
  • Understanding SEND: what it means for you and your child
  • Target setting and working with the SENDCO
  • Attendance and exclusions
  • Supporting language and literacy development in the early years
  • Supporting young people to prepare for GCSEs
  • Education processes for social work and care colleagues
  • Relevant statutory guidance and updates regarding research and best practice
  • Training for carers on any aspect of education, including how they can support the child to learn

We are currently looking to expand our offer and this page will be updated as necessary. Do get in touch if you would like to discuss further with the team. Contact details are at the bottom of the page. 

Designated teacher network meetings

We run termly designated teacher network meetings for the senior leader responsible for cared for and previously cared for children in school. These can also be attended by the operational lead, although we strongly advise that this is in addition to the designated teacher. 

Governing bodies

We provide training for governing bodies so that they are aware of their statutory responsibilities towards our children and young people. If you have any queries please get in touch with us at the VST.

Session dates for 2023

All sessions are delivered virtually via Microsoft Teams unless otherwise stated

Sessions Dates and times

PEPs and Pupil Premium Plus

(For designated teachers, operational leads and social care colleagues)

  • Wednesday 22 March 2023, 2pm to 3.15pm
  • Thursday 18 May 2023, 2pm to 3.15pm
  • Monday 10 July 2023, 2pm to 3.15pm

Designated teacher network meetings

(For designated teachers and, if applicable, operational leads)

Spring term

  • Primary Network: Wednesday 1 March 2023, 1.30pm
  • Secondary Network: Tuesday 14 March 2023, 1.30pm

Summer term

  • Primary Network: Wednesday 14 June 2023, 1.30pm
  • Secondary Network: Wednesday 28 June 2023, 1.30pm


Promoting the education of children with a social worker

(For social workers)

  • Friday 10 March 2023, 10.30am
  • Friday 12 May 2023, 10.30am
  • Friday 7 July 2023, 10.30am

Promoting the education of cared for children

(For foster carers)

  • Wednesday 10 May 2023, 10am (Community Room 1, Walkden Gateway)
  • Wednesday 17 May 2023, 6pm (Microsoft Teams)

Working together to improve school attendance

(for Governors)

  • Tuesday 23 May 2023, 6pm (Community Rooms 1 and 2, Swinton Gateway)

More dates will be added throughout the academic year.

Please contact to book on to any of the above, to obtain further information or to arrange to discuss delivery of your bespoke training requirements.

This page was last updated on 24 April 2023

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