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Designated teacher training

Page last updated: 04/12/2018


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

​Spring term 2019

Secondary Schools- 28th February 2019


Booking form

Primary and Special Schools- 6th March 2019


Booking form


Please email completed forms to Virtual School -​

National Association of Virtual School Heads (NAVSH) has advertised the following Postgraduate/Masters courses

A flexible, part-time programme for busy professionals interested in the education of children in care and children adopted from care.  Teaching will take place online and at convenient locations in London and Manchester, supported by online tutorials and resources.  


​​​​​​​​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


Date for your diary: Essex Virtual School Conference-Mental Health 10th July 2019. Details coming soon.

​​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

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.


Marketstall Contributors

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



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