The Virtual School provides training throughout the year to equip Designated Teachers (DTs) with the skills to support the children and young people in their schools and education settings. We work in partnership with the Educational Psychology Service to develop and deliver this training.
We have designed a DT Training Curriculum based on the statutory guidance for DTs and a theme is delivered across the county each year.
Each year, the Virtual School organises training around a theme relating to the knowledge and skills outlined in the Department for Education's (2018) Guidance on the role of the Designated Teacher [PDF].
The 2019-2020 theme is around Learning and Understanding Executive Functioning Skills. These training events are free to schools and are repeated termly in venues across the county.
Booking a training place
Training can be booked through the Virtual School training offer:
Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL)
The East Midlands Educational Support Service presents the Autumn 2022 DSL Lead Focus Meeting. Guest speaker Samantha Harris, Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership Manager, presents safeguarding updates from the NSCP and an opportunity for questions and answers.
Accessing Online Learning and Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
We work in partnership with psychologists, Nottingham Trent University, schools, education settings and other agencies to develop online webinars, resources and workshops.
Becoming Attachment Aware and Trauma Informed
The Virtual School has developed a programme to support schools to become Attachment Aware and Trauma Informed to explore and develop practice to best support our children in care and those experiencing vulnerable situations.
This programme is FREE to schools and delivered by Nottinghamshire’s Educational Psychology Service. The programme requires at least two members of staff to attend all of the training and requires at least one of them to be from the senior leadership team. If you are interested in this project, there is an expectation that you will engage in action research to enable implementation in your school. An audit is also to be completed before the start of the training and a year later.
There are three days initial training which cover:
- an introduction to attachment and development trauma
- exploring and understanding our behaviours and emotional dysregulation (including emotion coaching)
- developing action research (planning for implementation in the context of your individual school)
The programme is then supported through ongoing termly supervision with an Educational Psychologist.
So far, this programme has been developed in local areas to enable ongoing network support. if you are keen for your school to become Attachment Aware and Trauma Informed, please get in touch with Kate Taylor, Senior Educational Psychologist.