​​DT Training and Conferences


​Mental Health First Aid 2 Day Training Course


We are currently exploring putting on a date in 2020 - details will be updated once we have something set.

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



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 


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 challenging behaviour.  The day will involve  exploring different scenarios based on the school/education experience of a child in care including interactions with school staff, the impact of being in care and the presenting challenges.  The training examines the significance of the role of the designated teacher and being confident in providing challenge when needed to best support and advocate on behalf of a child or young person in care.

Date: Wednesday 29th January 2020

Time: 9am Registration, 9:30am Prompt start, 4pm Finish

Target Audience: Designated Teachers

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Booking is essential for this training - please contact Min. 


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 .​​