How to develop a staff training programme

How to deliver a training programme to stop Violence Against Women and Girls:

Good training will ask staff to explore their own attitudes and values on the issues of Violence Against Women and Girls – as well as encouraging partnership working with local statutory and voluntary sector agencies who are able to bring another dimension to a holistic package of preventative work.

Feedback from young people regarding who within the education setting they feel most comfortable talking to about relationship issues often includes non-teaching staff. A key element of the ‘whole school’ approach is that all of the staff get a chance to participate in any related training opportunities. Just as you would expect all staff to take part in Safeguarding training, from teachers, to librarians to lunchtime supervisors, all have a role to play in providing a responsive preventative programme.

Training programme:

We have worked with pilot projects to develop a training programme that responds to the needs of an education organisation and finds ways to dedicate time to staff training, bearing in mind that education organisations already have a packed agenda.

This training schedule works with the requirements of a organisation. Although, ideally an organisation will dedicate 3 days training for all staff, we are aware that we need to start slowly to build support for staff training in the organisation. Therefore the training programme below is flexible to suit the time offered by the organisation. In our pilot project, organisations then went on to ask for more training support and dedicated time in the coming years to make it happen.

Education Champion Meeting (1hr)

  • Meet to plan the programme in the institution. Organise  dates and agree an action plan
  • Relevant policy development – sexual bullying and equality policy
  • Complete the survey monkey initial evaluation

All staff  Training (1 hr)

  • Introduce the topic of VAWG to the staff, a call to action for the staff
  • Explain the e-learning module
  • Set safety and ethical considerations for delivery of the training
E-learn safeguarding  (1 hrs)
  • All staff to complete the e-learning course
  • Drop in support service in school
  • Analysis of data to identify key themes and demographic

All staff training on safeguarding (2 hrs)

    • Discuss the e-learning module – additional support if identified
    • Create a staff working group to develop the relevant policies
    • Call to action for curriculum leads to implement lessons


Co-facilitation of lessons (5 – 10 hrs)

  • Deliver lessons with teacher in relevant curriculum areas on stopping VAWG.
Meeting with SMT (0.5 hrs)
  • Meet to discuss the progress of the programme and opportunities to embed the work into the institution
  • Survey monkey evaluation of the programme

For more information look at this AVA Outline of Training Programme for regional needs

Top Tips for the training of education staff:

A range of activities and information can be used to train staff on stopping Violence Against Women and Girls.

A pilot project developed a AVATwilight2hrs that you can adapt.

How to assess training needs:

Any training for staff teams needs to be adaptable to meet the needs of all members of the education setting’s workforce.

Assessing needs regarding training is the first step to ensure that you are ‘getting it right’ for staff in order that they in turn can do the same for young people. An easy way to assess training needs is via a training assessment tool – click here for a sample training assessment tool that can be adapted for use in your education setting. The training needs assessment tool can also be adapted for non-teaching / non-frontline staff.

You can download a AVATrainingNeedsAnalysis to send out to the staff before delivering the sessions. Try to get as many returned before the session as possible so that you can create a training plan that responds to the needs of the staff.

Key questions to ask staff:

  1. Are you currently delivering (or have you recently delivered) any schemes of work that addresses sexual / domestic violence, teenage relationships abuse, VAWG or any related issues
  2. How confident do you feel in addressing these issues with the young people you work with?
  3. Can you identify specific areas of knowledge that would enable you to build on existing skills or increase your confidence to deliver work on these issues?
  4. What information / resources would be useful for you in order to carry out work on VAWG issues?
  5. Do you have any concerns or worries about delivering work that looks at these sensitive issues? How confident do you feel with current safeguarding policies and procedures? Are there any safeguarding policy / procedure areas that you feel would be useful to refresh or revisit?
  6. What style of training would be appropriate for you? (e.g. PowerPoint, small group work, whole group discussion etc.)
  7. If you could only achieve one outcome from training on this topic, what would it be?
  8. What do you plan to ‘do’ with the learning?
  9. Do you have any learning needs that we need to be aware of? (This is to ensure training is accessible for all participants)
  10. How will you know if the programme has been a success for you?