Barnsley Virtual School

Designated teacher network

Our Designated Teacher Network meets termly to share good practice.

It's a cross phase network led by the Virtual School, and acts as a united community of school professionals to champion the outcomes for children in care.

The group works cooperatively toward continuous improvement.   

From time to time, representative best practice groups are formed from the network to drive new initiatives. In this way, all schools have a strong voice in Barnsley Virtual School developments.

To book a place

You can book a place by logging into the POD.

Attending the designated teacher networks will make sure you meet the legislative duty placed on schools to secure regular and appropriate training.

It's recommended that all schools send a representative to the events, even if they don’t currently have any children in care on roll. This ensures that all schools are kept up-to-date with current legislation and Barnsley Council protocols. In this way, every school is prepared should a member of their school community be admitted to care, or they're requested to admit a child in care.

The network welcomes designated teachers from schools in neighbouring authorities that have children on role who are in our care.

The Virtual School will also provide bespoke training for schools on request.


Support for individual schools

When a child's admitted to care and is placed on role at a school out of authority, or a school that's not previously had children in care on role, the Virtual School Head will arrange to visit the school. They'll familiarise the designated teacher with Barnsley Council processes and procedures.

This will include training on the TPEP system and our quality assurance processes. This visit also gives the school the opportunity to discuss the individual needs of the child and how they might choose to use the Pupil Premium funding.

Designated teacher conference

Every other year, we hold a multi-agency conference event that focuses on the educational needs of children in care.

High quality national speakers are invited.

To book a place, log into the POD.

Resource hub

Check out this free online resource hub.

It's based on learning from Achievement for All's work with schools, in partnership with 11 virtual school and LACE teams, in England and Wales over the last three years.

You can also read about Achievement for All's new Wellbeing for Achievement (CLA) programme. This coach-led support and challenge programme is delivered in partnership with virtual schools to support improved educational attainment for children who are looked after and care experienced.

Online and face to face training programmes

You can take a look at the courses available from AC Education to help all those working with vulnerable children in the UK. 

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