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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.

Designated Teacher and Nominated Governor Virtual School Annual Conference

Date: Friday 7 June 2024.
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 & 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

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 2023-2024

  • Combined Designated Teacher's Network and Nominated Governor Network for compulsory school age
    Tuesday 24 October 2023 and Wednesday 6 March 2024 - 4.00pm - 5.30pm via Microsoft Teams.
  • Designated Teacher Network meeting for post 16
    Wednesday 11 October 2023 at 3.30pm - 5.00pm and Wednesday 28 February 2024 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

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.


  • 30th November 2024 - 4.00pm - 5.30pm
  • 21st March 2024 - 4.00pm - 5.30pm
  • 13th June 2024 - 4.00pm - 5.30pm

The venue for the above dates is to be confirmed. 

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

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 2023 - 2024 are:

  • Tuesday 19 September 2023 - 9.30am - 11am 
  • Wednesday 20 September 2023 - 4pm - 5.30pm
  • Monday 15 January 2024 - 4pm - 5.30pm
  • Tuesday 16 January 2024 - 9.30am - 11am
  • Monday 22 April 2024 - 4pm - 5.30pm
  • Tuesday 23 April 2024 - 9.30am - 11am

If you would like to book onto any of the sessions listed above please email

(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

School Performance CPD offer - 2023 - 2024

The School Performance Team is a dedicated, experienced and highly qualified team of professionals, offering a range of support to schools - both across the curriculum and through all ages and phases, from the EYFS to Key Stage 5. Building on existing expertise in schools, they offer a comprehensive programme of continuing professional development (CPD) courses throughout the year to help teachers develop a culture of high quality teaching and learning in schools, and respond to the specific needs of schools to the local, regional and national agenda.

To find out more and to book onto a CPD training session, please visit the School Performance page. 

Welcome to Beacon House

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.

Download a useful resource produced by Beacon House for survival in school, birth trauma and what survival looks like for me - blank form

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

Last updated: 25/09/2023 10:11

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