Training information

Gloucestershire Virtual School has a responsibility to train and educate key professionals around how to support and enhance the academic progress of children in care:

These professionals include:

  • Schools (including governors)
  • Foster Carers
  • Social Workers

Training will include information about the Virtual School in general, school admission arrangements; special educational needs; understanding attachment and trauma disorder; attendance and exclusions; homework; choosing GCSE options; managing any challenging behaviour in relation to education settings; promoting positive educational and recreational activities and supporting children to be aspirational for their future education; and training and employment.

Providing this training will ensure that the Virtual School are playing their part in fully equipping the team around the child with the skills and knowledge they need to carry out their roles and responsibilities effectively.

Schools and other education providers should ensure that all staff who may come into contact with children and young people with attachment difficulties receive appropriate training...’ NICE 2015

To find out more about the Virtual School Training and Development Programme, please contact our training lead Philippa Walker (01452 328362)

See below for a flavour of some of the training opportunities we have to offer and take a look at our e-learning opportunities.

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Every year, we hold Designated Teacher training days. To find out the date for our next training day and details on how to secure a place, please visit our events page.

Due to COVID19, our current training is on hold and will be rescheduled when possible.

This training is for anyone involved in the PEP process for children in care and aims to enhance the quality and effectiveness of education planning for them in order to raise educational achievement.

Please contact your Virtual School Advisor or email: for details. 


  • To understand the legal framework surrounding the PEP
  • To understand the importance of PEPs and where they fit with other planning
  • To understand professional roles with the PEP
  • To improve the quality of the PEP and the outcomes for children and young people.

This training is aimed at new Designated Teachers and outlines their role in supporting children and young people in care.


  • To outline statutory role of Designated Teacher
  • To understand the role of Gloucestershire Virtual School
  • To understand the duties and obligations for the Designated Teacher
  • Find out what funding streams are available - Pupil Premium Plus and how to access this 


This offer is usually done via the schools linked Education Advisor who will support the new Designated Teacher in their role. If you are unsure who this is, please contact the Virtual School office or email:

This course is for teaching and non-teaching staff to gain an awareness of how a child with attachment difficulties may present in a school setting.


  • To understand what is meant by ‘attachment’
  • To begin to consider behaviour in the context of early years’ experiences
  • To begin to think about ‘attachment’ in the classroom

Trauma and Attachment Training overview

The training is around 2 hours, the content contains information regarding attachment and the issues faced by young people who have not developed good attachment early on in their development; and also includes information regarding brain development and the formation of neural networks in the presence of Trauma. The training is very focused on the issues that may be present within the classroom surrounding these young people and the second half of the training is focused on tried and tested strategies to support schools with managing these potential issues. The session is power point led, but also interactive and with questions and answers throughout.

It has been recognised that many teachers do not have an understanding of the specific implications for learning and behaviour of poor attachment in young people and this is now being included as part of the initial teacher training programme. However many teachers have not had the benefit of this training and so are at a disadvantage when planning for the behaviour and progress strategies for many vulnerable young people.

The Virtual School have delivered this bespoke personalised training on Strategies to Support Students with Attachment and Trauma to 41 schools in the past 3 years. The feedback from staff has been extremely positive, with 94% of staff agreeing that their knowledge and understanding has significantly improved and 92% agreeing that they would make changes to their teaching practice based on the strategies discussed. All schools who have received the training have fed back that they have identified a number of students outside their Child in Care cohort that would also benefit from these strategies. This knowledge and understanding will help teaching staff consider how to best scaffold their learning to support vulnerable young people with difficulties due to attachment issues and trauma and so improve both the progress of the student and also the classroom experience as a whole.

In addition Foster carers have reported that schools who have received the training have exhibited a greater understanding of attachment and trauma issues and they have observed an change in their approach towards individual students, which they report as having improved the experience of the young person within school.

This training is being offered (during term time) as a TWILIGHT or INSET session. If you would like to book this for your school, please contact Pip Walker - Tel: 01452 328362 or email:

High quality training offer for Achievement for All schools working in partnership with, and funded by, Gloucestershire Virtual School.


  • Improving outcomes for Children in Care
  • The London Fostering Achievement programme
  • Attachment, Trauma, Loss, attendance
  • STEEP analysis tool

Understanding the rights and needs of Children in Care in regards to accessing education


  • To understand the profile of Children in Care and implications for schools
  • To be aware of legislation relating to Children in Care
  • To understand the roles and responsibilities of schools and governors with regard to the education of Children in Care

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