Training and development

As part of our drive to improve the outcomes for looked after and previously looked after children, Salford Virtual School Team provide training 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 looked after and previously looked after 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.

Primary network meetings are split into two sessions to accommodate larger numbers and to allow for more effective discussion. If you have any queries please get in touch with us at the VST. 

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.

Training dates for 2020 to 2021

All sessions are delivered virtually via Microsoft Teams unless otherwise stated

Sessions Dates and times

PEPs and Pupil Premium Plus

(For designated teachers and social workers)

  • Thursday 17 September 2020, 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 10 November 2020, 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 13 January 2021, 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Friday 19 March 2021, 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Monday 10 May 2021, 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Thursday 1 July 2021, 2pm to 3.30pm

Statutory guidance and responsibilities for school governing bodies

(Primarily for the chair of governors, the nominated governor for looked after children, though suitable for all governors)

  • Monday 28 September 2020, 6pm to 8pm

Education and health care plans (EHCP) and needs assessments

(For social workers/family support colleagues)

  • Wednesday 7 October 2020, 1pm to 3pm
  • Wednesday 19 May 2021 11am to 12.45pm

The education of looked after children, processes and procedures 

(For social workers/family support colleagues)

  • Wednesday 4 November 2020, 1pm to 3pm
  • Wednesday 26 May 2021, 1pm to 3pm
The education of looked after children: an information session for foster carers
  • Thursday 13 May 2021 10am to 12pm
  • Tuesday 18 May 2021 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Designated teacher network meetings

(For designated teachers and, if applicable, operational looked after children leads)

Spring term

  • Primary Network: Thursday 11 February 2021, 12.30pm to 1.30pm
  • Secondary Network: Wednesday 10 February 2021, 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Summer term 

  • Primary Network: Wednesday 16 June 2021, 1pm to 2.30pm
  • Secondary Network: Thursday 17 June 2021, 1pm to 2.30pm

Sensory awareness training for designated teachers

(For designated teachers and, if applicable, operational looked after children leads)

  • Thursday 11 March 2021, 12.30pm to 3.30pm

Supporting School Transition for Foster Carers

(For foster carers)

  • Thursday 27 May 2021, 1pm to 2pm

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.

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