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Page last updated: 23/09/2020

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We provide training for designated teachers and other professionals each year.

As part of our continuing programme of professional development, the Essex Virtual School is providing training to drive forward improvements in the quality of Personal Education Plans (PEP1s).  The aim of the training is to enrich the planning and provision that will enable children in care to make accelerated progress and also ensure the school is fully prepared for Ofsted. Personal Education Plans are part of the child's care plan and will be part of their care records through to adulthood. We want to ensure that these documents will enable the child and other professionals to clearly identify how the next steps can be made whilst being a document that any school would be proud of, to use as evidence of achieving good outcomes for children in care.

​Please see our training page for information about our free Designated Teacher training. Training Page


​​​​​​​​Information for Designated Teachers

One Planning Planning and Preparation

Post 16 subject specific learning objectives 2019

Supporting work of the Designated Teacher in relation to the Mental Health of Children in Care  Aug 2018

Attachment Aware Certification Process

Our Attachment Aware Schools training programme that has been developed with the Educational Psychology Service and was launched in May 2016. 

Please see our Attachment ​page for further information

Conferences-

We hosted our 4th Virtual School Conference, Changing Attitudes, Shaping Futures  on 10th July 2019.​

Conference Focus.

Mental Health problems can affect up to 10% of young people nationally and between 45 - 72 % of our Children in Care.

Promoting good emotional and mental health is critical in enabling them to function in society and cope with the demands of everyday life.

Our Conference was about changing attitudes, shaping futures and sharing best practice, helping schools to create a coherent approach to mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Changing Attitudes, Shaping Futures Conference 2019

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Essex Virtual School hosted its fourth conference on 10th July 2019. Over 220 professionals met over a series of presentations and breakout sessions.

Conference Focus.

Mental Health problems can affect up to 10% of young people nationally and between 45 - 72 % of our Children in Care.

Promoting good emotional and mental health is critical in enabling them to function in society and cope with the demands of everyday life.

Our Conference was about changing attitudes, shaping futures and sharing best practice, helping schools to create a coherent approach to mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Key Speaker Bios

The conference was opened by Clare Kershaw, Director of Education. Natalie Stephenson, Headteacher of the Virtual School.

 Our first speaker of the day was Scott King. Scott is an active campaigner working nationally to drive change and improve the life chances for those in and leaving care. He is a Mentor, Motivational speaker and Trainer.

Scott gave a personal account of how life in Care felt. Scott had 36 placement moves.

He described himself as having been a very challenging child and outlined the key to supporting Children in Care is to respond to how they feel and not how they behave.

 

After a refreshment break, our second speakers was James Hollinsley, Head of Longwood Primary Academy in Essex and Deputy Head , Hannah Sandford.

Longwood Primary Academy is a school highly respected and awarded for its proactive approach to child mental health. James is also author of the highly acclaimed book entitled Mental Health and Wellbeing in schools.

James and Hannah spoke about staff and pupil mental health and wellbeing and why it is crucial for Children in Care to be supported and on the right track. They shared their practices with the audience.

Following James and Hannah was our last speaker of the day Joel Shaljean, Operational Lead for the Essex Steps Project. Joel works therapeutically with behaviour. Joel shared best practice strategies to use back in school and focused on de-escalation principles and techniques, punishment versus consequence and the impact of experience on feelings and behaviour. He also spoke about the importance of securing a consistency of approach and shared analysis and planning tools.

After lunch, there were two short breakout sessions with Scott King, active Children in Care campaigner and Lelia Berkeley, Headteacher of St Andrews Primary school in Essex.

Lelia shared practical ideas and key resources as to how Attachment aware and trauma informed practice can support vulnerable pupils.

Scott shared more of his experiences in care and answered specific case questions from the audience.


 

Market Stalls

Essex Virtual School​​-Designated Teacher support

Evolve-  www.evolve-intervention.com

Worth Publishing-www.worthpublishing.com

Britannica- www.britannica.com  

AC Education- www.ac-education.co.uk  

Essex Music Services- www.essexmusichub.org.uk

Changing Attitudes, Shaping Futures Resources

Scott King, active Children in Care campaigner.

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James Hollinsley and Hannah Sandford, Longwood Primary Academy

Pupil and Staff Wellbeing

Joel Shaljean,  Operational Lead for the Essex Steps Project

Essex Steps

Lelia Berkeley, Headteacher of St Andrews Primary school in Essex.

Attachment and Trauma

​We hosted our 3rd Aspire to Achieve Conference on 31 January 2017. Please use the drop down menus to view further information:

Aspire to Achieve Conference 2017

The Essex Virtual School hosted its third conference on 31 January 2017. Over 250 professionals met over a series of presentations and workshops to cover these objectives:
  • Raising attainment and accelerating progress by removing barriers to learning
  • Support school leadership to enhance a shared objective of improving life chances
Key Speaker Bios

The conference was opened by Clare Kershaw, Director of Education. Cathryn Adams, Virtual School Head challenged the audience​ to step up and be that teacher/professional that children will remember as believing in them. 

Two schools shared their experience of "Getting it Right" for Children in Care: 
​Ric Waters presented his experience of his childhood in care as "A boy called Ric​" which included engaging the audience in a rap. 

After lunch, Steve Whitfield talked about the work of Bruce Perry​ from the Trauma Academy, Texas, USA.

Trevor Scott gave a unique presentation on the use of Pupil Premium Plus Grant​

There were 6 workshops:
There were 6 market stalls and these were:
  • Virtual School Helpdesk
  • Essex Music Service
  • Post Adoption Support Team
  • Worth Publishing Book Stall
  • Independent Officer Review Service
  • Special Guardianship Order Support Team
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Conference 2017 Survey Feedback

​Many thank for the feedback we received from the survey. A summary​ has been produced and we will reflect on the comments made when we prepare future events.

Aspire to Achieve 2016 Resources

Workshop resources
Children in Care Council: training for professionals
Compressed (zipped) file of all presentations in PowerPoint format. (15mb)

Case Studies and Effective Programmes for raising attainment

We heard two case studies from schools:

 
 What People Say - audio files from carers and young people. 
Castle View School, Anthony Sappong.

 

Lyons Hall School and Alec Hunter Academy, and 'Mr Andrews Online' project in Braintree Schools.

Marketstalls

Marketstall Contributors

Sabrina Stanley: CLA Tracker resources (zipped folder of resources)
Lego Education 

 

 

Worth Books
Essex Youth Services
Letterbox Club (links to supplier website)
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