Training and events for designated teachers

Dates for our training and workshop sessions for the spring 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 spring term:

New to role Designated Teacher induction training

Date and time: Thursday 13 January 2022 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 DTs to support them in their role, and is pleased to offer this compulsory Induction Training for staff who are new to role. For experienced DTs and DTs 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 (CLA) and previously looked-after children (PCLA)
  • The role of the DT, 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.

Supporting adopted children in school part 1: Supporting adopted children

Date and time: Tuesday 18 January 2022 3pm to 5pm

Designated Teachers and all interested school staff are welcome to join this free event that is a collaboration between the Surrey Educational Psychology Service, the Surrey Virtual School and Adoption South East. Join us to learn more about the adoption journey, the early experiences of adopted children and how we can work together to best support this group of pupils within school. The event will also highlight the support available in Surrey for adopted children and their families.

Welfare call E-PEP training for statutory school age pupils

Date and time: Wednesday 19 January 2022 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 20 January 2022 4pm to 5pm

This session will provide an introduction to the Post-16 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.

Using functional skills to enhance the education achievements for looked-after children

Date and time: Thursday 27 January 4pm to 5pm

As Surrey Virtual School are now an exams centre, working in collaboration with Basic and Key Skills Builder (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.

Post-16 Web Tutorial (Session three of four): Attachment and trauma-informed practice in your role

Date and time: Tuesday 1 February 2022 3pm to 5pm

This session will be a reflective and discursive session focussing on the challenges faced by staff and settings in supporting the most vulnerable young people. Aspects of the attachment-aware and trauma-informed knowledge base will be reflected upon, and opportunities provided for unpicking aspects of this or challenges specific to each setting / role within the setting. The session will be guided and facilitated, providing opportunities for action planning so that participants feel confident to move forward to most effectively support the young people in their care. If helpful, six key areas in which the knowledge base can be applied will be considered and discussed: pastoral work with children and young people, wellbeing of staff, behaviour / wellbeing policies, curriculum development, physical environment and relationships with parents and carers.

Reflective learning: following this tutorial, participants will be asked to complete the 'Next Steps in Trauma-Informed Practice' Action Plan. They will be asked to consider their next steps, timescales for these, who will support them with their plan and what outcomes will show progress.

Pupil Premium Plus (PPP) for looked-after children

Date and time: Thursday 3 February 2022 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.

KCA session 5: Five to thrive webinar (building and maintaining resilience)

Date and time: Tuesday 8 February 2022 12.30pm to 2pm

This session will provide opportunities for participants to deepen their knowledge of resilience, and consider ways in which they can enhance their own resilience and that of those in their care and / or community. KCA's Five to Thrive model will be shared, which is a way of understanding how connected relationships are fundamental to human wellbeing and help us to build resilient communities. The key issues surrounding the impact of secondary trauma on individuals, organisations and support networks will be described, and the skills needed to recognise, prevent and manage those effects will be presented.

Supporting previously looked-after children in school part 2: Supporting children under a special guardship order and child arrangement order

Date and time: Tuesday 22 February 2022 12pm to 1.30pm

Supporting sensory needs

Date and time: Thursday 3 March 2022 10am to 11.30am

'Supporting Sensory Needs: this training will provide an introduction to theory and practical strategies to support sensory needs, drawing on a trauma-informed and attachment perspective'.

KCA session 6: Five to thrive tutorial for learning journey A participants

Date and time: Tuesday 15 March 2022 3.30 to 5pm

An interactive and discursive tutorial providing participants with opportunities to share practice, network with other practitioners and unpick the challenges of Five to Thrive in practice, and of maintaining individual and community resilience. 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 with particular attention paid to recognising the indicators of secondary trauma and managing / preventing this in practice.

Supporting sensory needs

Date and time: Thursday 3 March 2022 3pm to 4.30pm

'Supporting Sensory Needs: this training will provide an introduction to theory and practical strategies to support sensory needs, drawing on a trauma-informed and attachment perspective'.

Dates for our training and workshop sessions for the summer 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 summer term:

Post-16 web tutorial (session four of four): Attachment and trauma-informed practice in your role

Date and time: Tuesday 26 April 2022 3.30pm to 5pm

This session, many weeks after the last reflective session, will be a reflective and discursive session giving participants the opportunity to reflect on their practice, and on how practice has benefited from the knowledge base, and what impact has been noticed for the young people, their families and setting staff. Continuing to build and maintain individual and community resilience will be the key focus of the session through facilitated discussion.

Pupil Premium Plus (PPP) for looked-after children

Date and time: Thursday 5 May 2022 3pm to 5pm

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.

Supporting looked-after and previously looked-after children with transition

Date and time: Thursday 2 June 2022 3.30pm to 5pm

This session will provide strategies to support Designated Teachers and Education colleagues in planning for transition.

New to role Designated Teacher induction training

Date and time: Thursday 7 July 2022 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 DTs to support them in their role, and is pleased to offer this Induction Training for staff who are new to role. For experienced DTs and DTs 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 (CLA) and previously looked-after children (PCLA)
  • The role of the DT, 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.

Welfare call E-PEP training for statutory school age pupils

Date and time: Tuesday 12 July 2022 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: Wednesday 13 July 2022 4pm to 5pm

This session will provide an introduction to the Post-16 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.


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