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 2021 to 2022

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 September 2021, 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Friday 19 November 2021, 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Thursday 20 January 2022, 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 22 March 2022, 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Monday 16 May 2022, 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Thursday 7 July 2022, 2pm to 3.30pm

Designated teacher network meetings

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

Autumn term

  • Primary Network: Tuesday 19 October 2021 at 1pm
  • Secondary Network: Tuesday 16 November 2021 at 1pm

Spring term

  • Primary Network: Tuesday 8 March 2022 at 1pm
  • Secondary Network: Tuesday 15 March 2022 at 1pm

Summer term

  • Primary Network: Tuesday 21 June 2022 at 1.30pm
  • Secondary Network: Tuesday 28 June 2022 at 1.30pm

Cared for Children: The role of the Governing Board

(For Chairs of Governors, Nominated Governors for cared for children but suitable for all Governors)

  • Thursday 31 March 2022 at 6pm

Cared for Children and Education: Training for Foster Carers

  • Wednesday 11 May 2022, 10am to 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 17 May 2022, 6pm to 8.30pm

Promoting the Education of Cared for and Previously Cared for Children (for Social Workers and Social Care Colleagues)

  • Wednesday 23  March 2022, 1pm to 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 24  May 2022, 10.30am to 12pm
  • Wednesday 6 July 2022, 11am to 12.30pm

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 9 June 2022

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