NAVSH Webinar Programme

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Effective Practise and Examination of the Children's Commissioner's Proposal

The Webinar this week on Thursday 16 November at 2:30-4:00pm will provide an overview of the Children's Commissioners report into the absence of looked after children from school.
The Children's Commissioner makes observations that will sound familiar to many of us and makes a range of Recommendations to the Government, many of which will impact on virtual schools.
The webinar will provide an opportunity to reflect on these Recommendations; on the issues we at times face getting children into education and an opportunity to share thoughts on what actions NAVSH should take in response to this paper.
Suzanne Parrott, Executive Headteacher, AfC Virtual School.

16th November at 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Improving the effectiveness of virtual schools.

Dr Neil Harrison (University of Exeter) will present the results of a new study undertaken in partnership with NAVSH and funded by the KPMG Foundation.  Based on accounts from virtual school heads, statistical analysis and expert interviews, the study aimed to understand why there are such disparities in outcomes for children in care between local authority areas and the implications for virtual schools.

Focusing on findings around school admissions, availability of alternative provision, SEND support systems and the consequences of out-of-area placements, the webinar will present the ten principles of effectiveness identified through the study.  It will also outline recommendations for the Department for Education, Ofsted, ADCS and other organisations.  There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.

View the report

28th November at 2:15pm - 3:45pm

Learners Who Move: What new practice guidance tells us about building connections to support care experienced learners in England and Scotland.

Colleagues from CELCIS, at the University of Strathclyde will set the policy context for care experienced children and young people in Scotland. You will learn about a collaboration between Virtual School Head Teachers in England and Scotland that promotes values and principles of practice that support learners who move from one local authority to another. Join us for the launch of the Learners Who Move practice guide.

30th November at 2:30pm - 4:00pm

An introduction to the BUSS Model

'BUSS® began as a clinical intervention with care experienced children. In response to requests from education colleagues, BUSS® has been adapted to be used in school / education settings, particularly in the early years. This short webinar will introduce participants to the foundation sensorimotor systems, thinking about how these align to school readiness and support you to think about how important good bodily regulation is in managing school whatever the age of the child. Using a combination of teaching and small group work, we’ll begin to disentangle what might be understood as behaviour in light of these foundation systems. We’ll also talk about the work we’re doing with schools to support these systems to grow, and the impact this is having.'

Download the flyer.

6th December at 2.30pm - 4.00pm

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is known as ‘the hidden disability’.  Studies suggest it is more prevalent than Autism, yet often not understood or diagnosed. 

Dr Cassie Jackson, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, has worked with children and families affected by FASD for roughly thirteen years, running diagnostic clinics, and providing training sessions for professionals, parents and carers. She is a member of the FASD UK Experts Committee, and is Clinical Director at The Psychology Clinic of East Anglia (PCEA) based in Norwich, where she continues to provide neuropsychological assessments for children with diagnosed or suspected FASD, in addition to working as an expert witness within care proceedings. Cassie also holds a part-time role at The Surrey FASD Clinic providing clinical supervision to community paediatric services across the UK in the assessment and diagnosis of FASD. Cassie will provide an overview of FASD, including how it is assessed and diagnosed, how it presents, and its common comorbidities and effective interventions. 

The webinar will then focus on the response of Cambridgeshire Virtual School to FASD and the impact the work has had within Cambridgeshire. 

24th April at 2.30pm - 4.00pm