​​DT Training and Conferences


​Mental Health First Aid 2 Day Training Course


The Virtual School have commissioned the Mental Health First Aider 2 day training course for Designated Teachers.  The training will be delivered by Halton's Behaviour Support Service and on completion of the two day course participants will receive a manual to refer to whenever they need and a certificate of attendance to say that they are a Mental Health First Aider.

As a Youth Mental Health First Aider you will have:

  • An in depth understanding of young people's mental health and factors that affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that's through self-help sites, their place of learning, the NHS, or a mix – engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate
  • Ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive
  • Tools to look after your own mental wellbeing

Dates: Tuesday 12th November and Wednesday 13th November 2019

Times: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Target Audience: Designated Teachers only

Lunch and refreshments will be provided 

There would usually be a cost to this training however it is being offered for FREE to our designated teachers.  This is in addition of the training being offered to schools by the Behaviour Support Service and is for designated teachers only 

There are 16 places available per session and currently there is only 1 place left for the date above.  Booking is required - please contact Min.


'Flipping your Lid' - managing moments of crisis

During periods of heightened emotion and stress children and young people often respond with behaviour which challenges us.  This training will look at how to respond during these times of crisis in order to manage them more effectively.  We will look at what is happening in the brain and body when the stress system is activated and consider how this knowledge can inform our response.  We will cover techniques for de-escalation and calming and how to plan for crisis.  The session will also consider how to use emotion coaching scripts to help children and young people understand their own feelings and behaviours. 

The training will be delivered by Michelle Kittles and Nicola Gundersen from the EP team.   

Date: Friday 22nd November 2019

Time 9:15am-12:15pm

Target Audience: Designated Teachers, staff working directly with CIC

Maximum of 25 places available

This training was rescheduled from July due to trainer sickness therefore there are only a limited number of places left.  Please contact Min to book onto this training. 


The WHY Behind the WHAT


We're working with AFTA Thought - a drama based training organisation - to develop a conference looking at understanding and managing behaviour.  The day will involve looking at different scenarios and exploring different actions including possible impact of those actions.  Not only will scenarios involve working with CIC but they'll also include different people around the child such as other school staff, parents/carers and social workers.  The conference is currently in the planning stages but the date has been set so please save it in your diaries:

Date: Wednesday 29th January 2020

Time: Full day

Target Audience: Designated Teachers


North West Region DT Conference


The yearly NW DT conference is an opportunity for DTs to hear from key partners working to improve outcomes for CIC and Previously CIC including Ofsted,  Department for Education and National Association of Virtual School Heads.  The agenda for the day is currently being developed so please save this date in your diary.

Date: Wednesday 11th March 2020

Time: 9:30am - 4pm

Target Audience: Designated Teachers

There is usually a limit of 40 places available per local authority but booking for the conference won't start until January.


Please visit the DT network meetings page for dates of meetings for the next year.


If schools and DTs have any specific training that they'd like us to put in place, please contact us on virtual.school@halton.gov.uk .​​