​The Virtual School provides training for the 2018 to 2019 academic year for professionals working with children in care. Training is available for social workers, foster carers, and designated teachers, in addition to whole school and connected person training.

Upcoming training events

​Title Who is this for? What will it cover? When and where?​

​Designated Teacher (Part 2)

​All designated teachers for children in care and previously looked-after children (PLAC).

Advice on Pupil Premium Plus and interventions to promote accelerated progress, sharing examples of best practice, strategies for behaviour and engagement to promote inclusion and attendance, identifying mental health concerns and accessing support.

​Tuesday 19 March 2019, 1.30 to 4.30pm

St James C of E Primary, Northampton


Thursday 21 March 2019, 1.30 to 4.30pm

Montsaye Academy, Kettering

​Promoting the education of previously looked-after children (parents)

​Parents and guardians of previously looked-after children (subject to an adoption, SGO or child arrangements order).

​The Virtual School’s role; Educational achievement of PLAC; best practice recommendations the VS gives to school; what schools must do; the importance of building positive relationships with school; how Pupil Premium works for PLAC; information sharing and partnership working with schools; school admission arrangements; special educational needs; managing challenging behaviour in schools; promoting positive educational and recreational activities; choosing a good school.

There will also be an opportunity at the end for 1:1 information and advice.

(All sessions will be held at One Angel Square, Angel Street Entrance, Northampton, NN1 1ED)

Wednesday 3 April 2019, 7pm to 8:30pm


Friday 5 April 2019, 12:30pm until 2pm


Tuesday 9 April 2019, midday to 1:30pm


Tuesday 9 April 2019, 7pm to 8:30pm


Friday 17th May 2019, 1pm to 2:30pm


Thursday 23rd May 2019, 1pm to 2:30pm


Friday 7th June 2019, 12:30pm to 2pm


Friday 14th June 2019, 12:30pm to 2pm


Friday 21st June 2019, 12:30pm to 2pm


Friday 28th June 2019, 12:30pm to 2pm

​New Training on gaining awareness of the needs of previously looked-after children, as distinct from looked-after children

​Designated teachers of previously looked-after children

​Please note that the content of this session will be covered in general DT training next academic year. This specific session is offered, however, due to DT request. Covered content: the educational achievement of plac; understanding plac status; specific plac key issues; specific strategies for plac; pupil premium plus for plac; school admissions; external support. Also note that this session does not consider strategies that are covered in the training for lac in order to avoid duplication.

​Friday 10 May, 2 to 3pm

Learning and Development, One Angel Square, lower ground floor entrance, St John's Street, Northampton NN1 1ED

​Designated Governor Training

​Nominated governors for children in care and previously looked-after children

​The importance of governors advocating for looked-after and previously looked-after children (LAC and PLAC).

How to support and challenge the designated teacher to ensure all LAC and PLAC are receiving a high quality education which suits their individual needs.

Learn more about the processes and policies associated with LAC and PLAC including Pupil Premium Plus funding.

​Tuesday 14 May 2019, 6.30 to 8.30pm

Whitefriars Primary, Rushden


Thursday 23 May 2019, 6.30 to 8.30pm

St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School, Northampton

​Designated Teacher Network Meetings

​All designated teachers for children in care and previously looked-after children

​Networking with partnership services such as mental health, educational psychology, education health and care.

​Tuesday 11 June 2019, 4.30 to 6pm

Kettering Buccleuch Academy


Thursday 13 June 2019, 4.30 to 6pm

Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village (DSLV)

Previous training events

​TitleWho is this for?​​What will it cover?When and where?​

​Designated Teacher Part 1

​All designated teachers for children in care and previously looked-after children (including those new to the role), headteachers

​New statutory guidance and changes to the responsibilities of schools, Personal Education Plans (including ePEP system updates), Pupil Premium Plus, voice of the child, introduction to attachment and trauma and Virtual School participation events.

​Tuesday 6 November 2018, 1.30 to 4.30pm

Priors Hall: A Learning Community, Corby


Thursday 8 November 2018, 1.30 to 4.30pm.

Kingsthorpe Grove Primary School, Northampton

ePEP System Training (Statutory School Age CiC)

​Designated teachers with children in care, and DT support staff, working with children and young people in care to Northamptonshire in reception to year 11.

​The sessions will provide an overview of the Northamptonshire PEP process, the structure and requirements of the Northamptonshire ePEP, how to access and record data on a child or young person’s PEP, and the timeframes for completing and reviewing a PEP.

​Tuesday 26 February 2019, 1:30pm and 4pm

One Angel Square, Northampton


Thursday 28 February 2019, 10am, 1:30pm and 4.30pm

William Knibb Centre, Kettering

For information on the Virtual School's training offer, please contact us:


Phone: 01604 365 912