Table discussion workshops

Based on feedback from the 2017 conference, we have created a series of round table discussion workshops along with presentation led discussions.

New VSHT?
How to win friends and influence people.

A popular request at the 2017 conference was to have a section specially for Headteachers who are new to the role. This session will be led by experienced VSHTs and will be an excellent opportunity to get top tips from those who have been doing this for a long time!

How do I implement the new duties?

This workshop will cover:

  • The implications and challenges of implementing the new duty on Virtual School Heads.
  • What does effective support for previously looked after children look like?
  • How can a Virtual School develop an effective role in supporting previously looked after children?

How do I support post-16 students?

This workshop will cover:

  • How to effectively support young people through the transition to post-16 education, employment and training
  • What does effective support for 16-25 year olds look like?
  • How can the Virtual School develop and effective role to support 16-25 year olds?

How do I effectively use research to drive the network?

This session will be led by the NAVSH research officer, Michael Bettencourt. Find out how different Virtual Schools are making use of research to drive improvements in their work.

Trauma is a barrier to learning.
How do we overcome this?

This session will be led by CAMHS and will give participants an opportunity to hear how we might support schools to deal with an increasing number of young people affected by attachment based trauma and associated mental health difficulties.

How do I become the key driver in the network around the child?

Join a discussion with your peers to find out what other VSHTs do to be the strategic lead in the network.

How do I develop the role of the Designated Teacher?

The new guidance confirms our role of supporting Designated Teachers. What can we learn from our peers on ways to do this effectively?

The changing landscape of education funding

How do Local authorities make the most of the additional funding provided by government for the education of the looked after children in their care? Have any delegates found clever ways to manage their budgets or find other sources of funding?