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Training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Training events provide you with an opportunity to develop essential links with the Virtual School team and with other designated teachers (DTs), as we work together to increase the progress Telford and Wrekin children in care achieve in school.

If you don't have any children in care at your school it is still important that you stay up to date with the processes and expectations should a children in care join your school.

In addition, Ofsted is looking closely at the relationship individual schools have with the Virtual School team, information gained at network meetings has proven very useful to many schools during inspections. Education outcomes for children in care are a priority for Ofsted in the West Midlands region. Ofsted will be looking closely at how schools prioritise work with children in care when making inspection judgements.

Designate Teacher and Nominated Governor Virtual School Annual Conference - Relationships, Connections and Role Models

Date: Friday 9 June 2023.
Time: 8.30am - 4pm.
Venue: Telford Mercure Hotel.

Course Content The conference will provide you with an opportunity to develop links with the Virtual School, Health and Social Care colleagues and with other Designated Teachers, Designated Safeguarding Leads and Nominated Governors, as we work together to increase the progress Telford and Wrekin children in care and all children with a Social Worker make in school and beyond. Even if you currently have no children in care or children with a Social Worker at your school, it is important that you remain up to date with processes and expectations. In addition, Ofsted is looking quite closely at the relationship schools have with the Virtual School, and information gained at network meetings has proven very useful to many schools during inspection. Educational outcomes for children in care and children in need are a key priority for Ofsted in the West Midlands Region and inspectors have told us that they will be looking closely at how a school prioritises work with children in care and vulnerable learners when making inspection judgements.

Key outcomes:

Attendance will help to ensure schools comply with statutory duties for Children in Care, previously Looked after Children and Children with a Social Worker.

The conference will provide:

  • opportunities to network
  • share best practice
  • keep up to date with the latest research and developments.

Download the CPD booking form to book your place, once you have completed the form, please email it to cpdschoolimprovement@telford.gov.uk.

Designated Teacher (DTs) Termly Network meetings and Nominated Governor Network meetings

The network meetings are open to all DTs, whether from a primary or secondary, mainstream or special school, or from a PRU. DTs are also welcome to sign up their governor for CiC and post-LAC to attend the Nominated Governor Network meetings.

The network meetings provide ongoing support with the PEP, further updates on statutory duties and a forum for professional discussions and sharing of effective practice with regards to improving outcomes for CiC.


Dates of our sessions have been booked for academic year 2021 - 2022:

  • Combined Designated Teacher's Network and Nominated Governor Network for compulsory school age
    Wednesday 9 November 2022 and Wednesday 29 March 2023 - 4.00pm - 5.30pm via Microsoft Teams.
  • Designated Teacher Network meeting for post 16
    Wednesday 19 October 2022 and Wednesday 25 January 2023 at 4.00pm - 5.30pm via Microsoft Teams.

To book a place on one of these sessions please complete the School Improvement CPD Booking form using the relevant training code and return to CPDSchool.Improvement@telford.gov.uk.

Early Years Designated Safeguarding Leads / Coordinators - termly update

The termly meetings will provide an update on:

  • local and national data
  • information related to outcomes from Ofsted inspections
  • relevant legislation
  • DfE and other national developments, strategies and issues, assessment and models
  • CPD opportunities
  • Early Years Education Adviser - Virtual School team for children in care.


  • Wednesday 30 March 2022 - 6pm.

Visit the School Performance webpage to book your place on our sessions

Other training opportunities

The Psychology and Pupil Support Service are able to offer a variety of attachment training options to schools and settings in Telford and Wrekin. In the first instance please contact the Virtual School team to discuss training needs:

Telephone: 01952 381045
Email: virtualschool@telford.gov.uk

Online Personal Education Plan (PEP) refresher / new to role training

As a Virtual School we offer the following CPD for new and existing Designated Teachers that will cover the following areas:

  • accessing and completing the online PEP - step by step presentation
  • support with the writing of SMART target
  • Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) spend and guidance
  • the PEP quality assurance form and non negotiables
  • SDQ (Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire) completed annually every spring term
  • Arts and Culture entitlement - new requirement from September 2021

The sessions and training are for all school staff / Designated Pracxtitioners in Early Years settings that lead and complete the online PEPs for your children in care as well as Designated Teachers.

Dates for academic year 2022 - 2023 are:

  • Wednesday 7 September 2022 - 9.30am - 11am 
  • Wednesday 14 September 2022 - 4pm - 5.30pm
  • Friday 13 January 2023 - 9.30am - 11am
  • Wednesday 18 January 2023 - 4pm - 5.30pm
  • Friday 21 April 2023 - 9.30am - 11am
  • Wednesday 26 April 2023 - 4pm - 5.30pm.

If you would like to book onto any of the sessions listed above please email kerriann.hughes@telford.gov.uk.

(Please note: the sessions will be held remotely using Microsoft Teams unless otherwise stated).

St Giles Trust

St Giles is a charity using expertise and real-life past experiences to empower people who are not getting the help they need.

People held back by poverty, exploited, abused, dealing with addiction or mental health problems, caught up in crime or a combination of these issues and others.

We show people there is a way to build a better future - for themselves and those they care about and help them create this through support, advice and training.

Download the St Giles flyer for support when dealing with gangs, county lines and serious youth violence

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Beacon House is a specialist, innovative and creative therapeutic service for young people, families and adults.

With a special interest in working with individuals of all ages who have experienced trauma and loss, we are passionate about offering safe and effective therapies in a way that enables people to re-build their lives following stress and adversity.

Beacon House is passionate about developing freely available resources so that knowledge about the repair of trauma and adversity is in the hands of those who need it. Please feel free to use our resources in your home or work setting.

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Visit the Beacon House website for more information on creative therapeutic services for young people, families and adults

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