New to role support programme

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NAVSH has commissioned an induction programme for new Virtual School Heads and team members. It has been developed by two former Virtual School Heads, Penny Todd and Michael Gorman, working together as GNT Virtual School Associates.

There are four elements - join whichever you think will be most useful to you. The programme is open to anyone and you don’t need to be a NAVSH member to access this support. The video conferencing, online learning and webinars and podcasts are all free of charge.

Monthly video conferencing & networking

An opportunity to meet online with other people new to the role to share ideas, concerns and experiences.   We’ll agree what to focus on in the next session too so that the sessions are relevant and useful.  Join us with a coffee in hand!

To register in advance for this meeting click the links below:

Tuesday Jan 21st at 2.00pm

Wednesday Feb 12th at 2.00pm

Wednesday Mar 11th at 2.00pm

After registering, you will receive an email with information about joining the meeting.  You can also join via the Zoom Cloud Meetings app from Google Play or the iTunes app store. 2020 dates will be published later this year.

Modular online learning

This free, flexible online Moodle course provides the basic information that anyone new to working in a virtual school needs to know.

Modules include audio input from serving virtual school heads and leading experts and contain practical advice on how to survive your first few months in post.

Topics covered:
1.    The role of the Virtual School
2.    Working with social care
3.    Working with schools
4.    Data and accountability
5.    SEND and CAMHS (available late autumn 2019)
Learning from academic research (available late autumn 2019

Google Chrome

This resources works best using Google Chrome

Register now

To register for the course just fill in the form below.  You’ll then be sent a link to the course content.

Webinars & podcasts

Leading experts and practitioners give presentations on relevant to those new in post.   Topics include:

  • Using NEXUS for analysing data
  • Using Pupil Premium Plus - results of the recent NAVSH/Bath Spa University research
  • Ofsted ILACS inspections
  • The voice of the child

Details on dates, times and how to join will appear here and will be emailed to NAVSH members and posted on Twitter.

Optional 1:1 coaching & mentoring

An excellent way to focus on your priorities, problem solve and have a confidential, supportive way of working through challenges you face. (NB there is a charge for coaching and mentoring).

If you are interested in finding out more about the coaching and mentoring please email Penny and Mike at