Training and events for designated teachers

Dates for our training and workshop sessions for the Autumn Term

To book a place at any of these events or if you have a question please contact virtual.school@surreycc.gov.uk

Places at all events are limited so will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Designated Teacher's training for the Autumn Term:

New to Role Designated Teacher Induction Training

Date and time: Thursday 9 September 11am to 1pm

The Designated Teacher (DT) is the lead member of staff in school or college, responsible for promoting the educational experiences and outcomes of looked-after and previously looked-after children. Surrey Virtual School (SVS) is keen to work closely with designated teachers to support them in their role, and is pleased to offer this compulsory Induction Training for staff who are new to role. For experienced designated teachers and designated teachers seeking to develop their knowledge further, please visit our website for full details of our current and future training offer.

This two hour session will cover the following topics and be delivered by the Surrey Virtual School team:

  • A virtual introduction to the SVS Team and areas of responsibility
  • An exploration of why children and young people become looked after
  • An introduction to the impact of trauma on education and engagement in learning
  • The role of SVS in supporting looked-after (CLC) and previously looked-after children (PCLA)
  • The role of the designated teachers, including statutory guidance underpinning this role and model school policies for CLA.
  • An introduction to Surrey's e-PEP process including Needs Analysis
  • How SVS and the Surrey EP Service can support you in your role.

We recommend that designated teachers download and become familiar with the following Department of Education guidance prior to and after this session:

Promoting the education of looked-after children and previously looked-after children (publishing.service.gov.uk)

The designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children (publishing.service.gov.uk)

KCA Session 1: Introduction to KCA programme for the year ahead for Learning Journey A and B participants followed by a Webinar on Transitions and Vulnerability

Date and time: Tuesday 14 September 12:30pm to 2pm

Over the 2021-22 academic year, KCA will be delivering a series of webinars, tutorials and e-learning, designed to bring together Foster Carers, Adoptive Parents, Special Guardians and Education Staff on a Journey Through Care, and Mental Health and Wellbeing. For our Post-16 colleagues, KCA will also be delivering a bespoke package of webinars, tutorials and e-learning focuses on trauma informed practice within the Post-16 community. To book onto these events, please click on the following links:

Journey Through Care registration form

Mental Health and Wellbeing Journey registration form

Hidden Crimes repeat webinar from Summer term 2021

Date and time: Wednesday 15 September 4pm to 5pm

Mike Hall is the Exploitation and Hidden Crime Service Manager for Surrey County Council with a lead on Exploitation, Missing Children, Trafficking, Modern Slavery and other Hidden Crimes.

Areas to be covered

  • Child Criminal Exploitation – county lines, class A drugs supply
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Missing Children
  • Trafficking
  • Modern Slavery
  • Gangs

Hidden Crimes Focus Group for Designated Teachers

Date and time: Wednesday 22 September 4pm to 5pm

This drop in session will be facilitated by Mike Hall, Surrey's Exploitation and Hidden Crimes Manager.

The session follows on from last term's webinars focussing on Hidden Crimes. During the focus group, colleagues will be given the opportunity to discuss ways to support looked-after children at risk of exploitation and hidden crimes.

Please note: numbers are limited to 15 to provide the opportunity for in depth discussion.

Using Functional skills to Enhance the Education Achievements for Looked-After Children

Date and time: Tuesday 28 September 4pm to 5pm

As Surrey Virtual School are now an exams centre, working in collaboration with BKSB and Open Awards we are pleased to announce that we are able to offer exam entry and virtual invigilation for Functional Skills (maths and English, Levels 1 and 2). This can be in addition to the GCSE offer from your school/setting. This event is designed to give you a chance to ask questions about the many different ways in which this offer can be adapted to suit the individual needs of our young people in a way that is sympathetic and flexible to fit your school/curriculum. Heads of Maths and English and Curriculum Leaders are invited (and encouraged) to join.

Welfare Call E-PEP Training for Statutory School Age Pupils

Date and time: Wednesday the 29 of September 4pm to 5pm

This session will provide an introduction to the Statutory School Age (SSA) PEP including how to use the PEP portal, the quality assurance process, and useful hints and tips about the information needed within a Surrey PEP.

Welfare Call E-PEP Training for Post-16 Leaners

Date and time: Thursday 30 September 4pm to 5pm

This session will provide an introduction to the Statutory School Age (SSA) PEP including how to use the PEP portal, the quality assurance process, and useful hints and tips about the information needed within a Surrey PEP.

Pupil Premium Plus (PPP) for Looked-After Children

Date and time: Thursday 7 October 3pm to 4pm

This session will examine the purpose of Pupil Premium Plus (PPP) and provide evidence-based ways in which PPP can be used to support the educational outcomes of Surrey's looked-after children.

SVS Autumn Conference

Date and time: Friday 15 October 2021, all day

This virtual event is open to all education and social care professionals working with care experienced children and young people. We are also delighted to announce that Kirsty Capes will be joining us to deliver the keynotes speech

Find out more about the conference including the full agenda.

KCA Session 2: Transitions and Vulnerability Tutorial for Learning Journey A participants

Date and time: Tuesday 19 October 2021 3:30pm to 5pm

An interactive and discursive tutorial providing participants with opportunities to share practice, network with other practitioners and unpick the challenges that are presented as a result of a variety of transitions, with application to specific case studies if helpful. This session will be facilitated by a KCA Trainer Consultant with questions presented to prompt reflective discussion, and opportunities to apply the knowledge base to practice, and key points in managing transitions shared and reflected upon. Led by Susan Blomley for designated teachers and Education Staff (Learning Journey A).

Designated Teacher (DT) Peer Support and Reflection Group - Session 1 of 2

Date and time: Thursday 21 October 2021 3pm to 4:45pm

This is an opportunity to attend two EP-facilitated peer supervision sessions where designated teachers come together in a small group to problem-solve and reflect on specific situations related to the designated teacher role. Attendees of similar groups report that they value the ability to share and hear experiences of others in the same role as part of reflective, interactive exercises, and that this process supports their wellbeing.

Please note, participant numbers are strictly limited to maximise the opportunity for discussion. Participants should ensure they are able to attend both sessions prior to registering. This is session 1 of 2.

KCA Session 3: Emotion Coaching Webinar for Learning Journey A and B participants

Date and time: Tuesday 9 November 12:30pm to 2pm

Behaviour will be discussed as the communication of a need, and a variety of stress-driven behaviours discussed. Emotion Coaching will be introduced and described as a framework for helping adults to deal with behaviour in the moment, and for helping children and young people to understand their emotions and how these can often drive behaviour. Research shows us that not only does Emotion Coaching promote healthy brain development and provides children and young people with lifelong regulatory and social skills, but it also has a very positive impact on adult wellbeing. Led by Susan Blomley for ALL participants (Learning Journey A and B)

Using Functional skills to Enhance the Education Achievements for Looked-After Children

Date and time: Thursday 18 November 4pm to 5pm

As Surrey Virtual School are now an exams centre, working in collaboration with BKSB and Open Awards we are pleased to announce that we are able to offer exam entry and virtual invigilation for Functional Skills (maths and English, Levels 1 and 2). This can be in addition to the GCSE offer from your school/setting. This event is designed to give you a chance to ask questions about the many different ways in which this offer can be adapted to suit the individual needs of our young people in a way that is sympathetic and flexible to fit your school/curriculum. Heads of Maths and English and Curriculum Leaders are invited (and encouraged) to join.

KCA Session(s) 4: Emotion Coaching Tutorial

Date and time: Tuesday 7 December 10:30am to 12pm and 12:30pm to 2pm

Stress and Trauma Driven Behaviours, a reflective discussion: An interactive and discursive tutorial providing participants with opportunities to share practice / experiences, network with other individuals (both practitioners in settings and foster carers) and unpick the challenges of stress and trauma-driven behaviours within the home or school setting, including impulsive and sexualised behaviours. This session will be facilitated by a KCA Trainer Consultant with questions presented to prompt reflective discussion, and opportunities provided to apply the knowledge base to practice / personal experiences. Led by Susan Blomley for ALL participants (Learning Journey A and B). Two sessions are offered for delegates – please only register for one event.

Designated Teacher (DT) Peer Support and Reflection Group - Session 2 of 2

Date and time: Thursday 9 December 3:30pm to 5pm

This is an opportunity to attend two EP-facilitated peer supervision sessions where designated teachers come together in a small group to problem-solve and reflect on specific situations related to the designated teacher role. Attendees of similar groups report that they value the ability to share and hear experiences of others in the same role as part of reflective, interactive exercises, and that this process supports their wellbeing.

Please note, participant numbers are strictly limited to maximise the opportunity for discussion. Participants should ensure they are able to attend both sessions prior to registering. This is session 2 of 2.


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