Leeds City Council The Virtual School Virtual Conference and Exhibition 2022

Event Dates and Prices


Thursday 17th February 2022

9.15am – 2.00pm

Learning as a Protective Factor – Supporting Designated Teachers and Designated Safeguarding Leads

Leeds City Council Virtual School are delighted to be hosting this annual conference open to all Designated Teachers and Designated Safeguarding Leads and to be inviting attendees to a number of workshops/masterclasses from those who can help develop the narrative around learning as a protective factor, the role of the DSL as set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education and the current pilot to extend the Virtual School Head role to oversight of children in need. 

Taking place in a virtual environment, delegates will benefit from a blend of live and pre-recorded sessions to support and grow their knowledge and practice.  All sessions will remain on the virtual platform for a period of time after the event allowing delegates to take full advantage of the skills and expertise on show.

We are delighted to be welcoming Lisa Cherry, Stuart Guest and Andy Brierley  as speakers at this 2022 Conference and full details of each speaker and their live sessions may be found below.

The virtual platform provided by Mondale Events for this Conference will also include an exhibitors’ area where organisations are invited to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to promote their products and services to the target audience with advertisements, videos and other company information.  Organisations and companies wishing to participate should please contact us as soon as possible for further details.


Delegate Registration


  • Designated Teachers and Designated Safeguarding from All Leeds schools are entitled to a complimentary place (maximum of three delegates per school)
  • Designated Teachers for any school in another local authority with at least one Leeds looked after child on roll i.e. you are in receipt of a Pupil Premium Plus allocation from the Virtual School in Leeds are entitled to a complimentary place.
  • Schools outside Leeds who don’t have a Leeds looked after child on roll or for any other services/providers that are not schools, the cost per delegate is £150.


Event Speakers

-Lisa Cherry

-Lisa Cherry

Lisa Cherry is an author and a leading international trainer and consultant, specialising in assisting those in Education, Social Care and Adoption and Fostering to understand trauma, recovery and resilience for vulnerable children, young people and their families. Lisa has over 30 years of experience in this field and combines academic knowledge and research with professional skills and personal experience. Lisa's MA research looked at the impact on education and employment for care experienced adults who experienced school exclusion as children in the 1970's and 1980's. Currently, Lisa is undertaking her DPhil studies at The University of Oxford in the Department of Education, asking the research question "How are care-experienced adults’ identities shaped by narratives of being excluded from school?"
Andi Brierley

Andi Brierley

Andi is a University Teacher at Leeds Trinity University and Published Author of two Youth Justice Books. Andi delivers the Unlocked MSc Degree in Custodial Leadership to Prison Officer Graduates. Andi has an extensive 15-year career in Youth Justice, including 5 years as the Child Looked After Specialist, safely reducing the number of children in care being criminalised in Leeds. Andi had an extraordinary route into his professional career. This included being born to a 17-year-old Care Leaver, as well as his subsequent separation and care experience. This complex family and childhood experience developed into school exclusion, heroin addiction, child criminal exploitation and eventually 4 prison sentences. Andi's practice and his motivation to support children caught up in his previous circumstances have been shaped by his own ability to overcome adversity and make a positive contribution to the vulnerable in our society with a belief that no matter how dark it gets, there is always light.
Stuart Guest

Stuart Guest

Stuart has over 11 years’ experience as a head teacher and is a father of birth and adopted children. He has developed trauma friendly approaches at his school and has seen the positive impact this can have on pupils, families, staff and outcomes for his school. He has appeared on the BBC One Show in January 2018 and the Victoria Derbyshire Show in June 2018 talking about supporting adopted children in schools. Stuart is also a blogger, speaker, trainer and lecturer for trauma informed approaches in schools.
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