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.
Network and conference dates 2018
|17 January 2018||3pm to 4.30pm
(refreshments from 2.45pm)
|Shaw Lane Sports Club|
|7 March 2018||3pm to 4.30pm (refreshments from 2.45pm)||Shaw Lane Sports Club|
|4 October 2018||3.30pm to 5.00pm||Shaw Lane Sports Club|
|6 February 2019||3.30pm to 5.00pm||Shaw Lane Sports Club|
|5 June 2019||3.30pm to 5.00pm||Shaw Lane Sports Club|
Improving outcomes for looked after children and previously looked after children conference
|2019||9.30am to 4.00pm||Holiday Inn Dodworth|
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. The 2016 conference focused specifically on attachment.
Our 2018 conference will focus on school engagement and developing positive attitudes to learning. It will see the publication of our eagerly awaited research project, led by the education psychology service, on supporting school engagement.
The conference will take place on 4 July 2018, at the Holiday Inn, from 9.40am to 4pm.
To book a place, log into the POD.
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 Programs
You can take a look at the courses available from AC Education to help all those working with vulnerable children in the UK.