Specialist Qualification in Leading Provision for Care Experienced Children and Young People: The Role of the Designated Teacher
The course is one of nine specialised post graduate diploma courses. It is highly suitable for teachers who wish to hone their leadership skills in order to deliver the best possible outcomes for children and young people in their school or setting. It will also act as a springboard for future career development, giving opportunity for self- reflection and exposure to new ideas and cutting-edge thinking.
Who is this course for?
Designated Teachers for care experienced children and young people, Designated Safeguarding Leads, teachers or support staff with responsibility for Children in Need and children with Child Protection Plans
The importance of this course in relation to your role
The course offers practical solutions and approaches to embedding trauma informed and attachment aware practice across the school or setting. Participants reflect and build on developing the skills and knowledge for working effectively with partners, to ensure the best possible outcomes for looked after and previously looked after children, as well as planning for those on the edge of care.
40% of the course assessment is based on the practical application of skills and knowledge. You will work collaboratively with leading experts, including Virtual Head Teachers. This course, delivered by the University of Buckingham and Inclusion Expert, will support you in bringing about sustainable changes to the whole school community.
Key questions and considerations:
- Understanding the statutory role of the designated teacher
- The Virtual School – its role and purpose
- The principles of corporate parenting- what you should know and understand
- What is an outstanding PEP?
- How do you manage the termly review of the PEP- how involved are your colleagues?
- Preventing suspensions and exclusions- knowing the law, advocacy and meeting needs to prevent escalation.
- Working effectively with social care
- Embedding trauma informed policies- how to work with reluctant colleagues
The course leader will meet the group 1-3 times a month for group coaching sessions as well as being available for individual discussions and support. The purpose of the coaching is to support the practical elements of this course which amount to 40% of the final grade. The course leader will be a sounding board, mentor and supervisor who will empower you to grow personally and professionally.