Sutton Virtual School is committed to ensuring Designated Teachers can receive access to high quality training to support them in their role. Please review the training options below to ensure that you have a strong understanding of your role as Designated Teacher and are actively engaging in training that will support Children Looked After in your school.
Training for all new Designated Teachers 2022-23
This training should be watched by all Designated Teachers who are new to role as it covers the main requirements of the role.
It can also be used as a refresher for experienced Designated Teachers as there are updates for 2022-23 around Pupil Premium Plus funding and Virtual School extended responsibilities covered in this video.
Executive Functioning Training
Designated Teachers would benefit from watching the series of 6 videos related to supporting young people with executive functioning difficulties as this is often a need of Children Looked After and Previously Looked After.
Mental Health training: Place2be
Place2be is a children’s mental health charity that provides counselling and mental health support and training in UK schools.
Designated Teachers can access direct online training for their school, which is led by a qualified practitioner to help process classroom experiences and wellbeing support. It is important that all Designated Teachers have a strong understanding of mental health and wellbeing to ensure effective support for Children Looked After in school. Click on the link to register!
Financial Education training
As we know, care leavers move into independence and become responsible for their own finances at a much younger age than their peers in the general population, and in most cases do not have family support networks to rely on. As a consequence, they are at higher risk of financial vulnerability and many experience problems with debt and arrears. This is often due to a lack of understanding of how to maintain a tenancy, pay bills and budget effectively. Research indicates that around one third of care leavers become homeless within the first two years of leaving care, impacting on their ability to secure or remain in education or employment and experience good mental health and wellbeing. The report ‘Care to talk about money? The importance of financial education for children in care’ has demonstrated the impact that financial education can have for young people in care. Designated Teachers can access these resources to ensure that key staff in the school are able to educate children looked after around finance. To support staff to have the confidence in delivering financial education we encourage Designated Teachers to arrange for staff to access Young Money online training.
There is also the ability for schools to gain additional free mentoring and support with staff training through MoneyHeroes.