Coronavirus 26.3.20 update and School Closure Instructions and Information on GIS
Coronavirus: Latest information for schools and settings 26.3.20
**UPDATE** SCHOOL CLOSURE PROCESS - PLEASE NOTE:
Some changes have been made to the school closure pages on the Dorset Council website. The changes reflect the current situation in regard to COVID-19 and will allow parents/carers to identify those schools staying open for our most vulnerable children and the children of key workers.
Please note that, for the time being, the auto update function at 4pm has been switched off and the default position against each school is set as ‘closed.’ Therefore, schools remaining open will need to ensure they are reset to’ partially open’ each day.
Schools staying open for vulnerable children and children of keyworkers should change their status to that of 'partially open’ and reset that status daily. Guidance for parents/carers has been added to the web page explaining what partially open means.
Schools who are not open do not need to do anything as the default has been set to ‘closed’. Therefore, for now, there is no need for closed schools to update their pages daily unless the school reopens.
Latest information on a school’s correct status is shown at https://mapping.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/closedservices
The usual instructions for 'closing' and 'reopening' your school on the Dorset Council GIS system are available in our Instructions for Schools Closure document - attached.
Useful Dorset Council emergency contact details are in the Emergency Poster document, also attached.
The Department for Education website has further detail on how to manage your schools open status in a variety of emergency scenarios. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/emergencies-and-severe-weather-schools-and-early-years-settings This includes guidance on marking pupil attendance and what to do if limited numbers of staff are available.
If flooding has significantly affected your school or early years setting, you should contact DfE directly using email@example.com
Early Years providers who have had to move to temporary premises should check to see if they need to register with Ofsted at their new premises.
Coronavirus Information Sources:
Please see this Coronavirus Update article for guidance and information. Our Family Information Service update it daily including links to government info via the DfE and Public Health England.
There are things you can do to help stop germs like Coronavirus spreading. Follow the Catch it. Bin it. Kill it. advice from Public Health England.
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
put used tissues in the bin
regularly wash your hands with soap and water
try to avoid contact with people who are unwell.
Further information for and from schools and settings will be available on our Coronavirus information page.
How to Wash your Hands
Please see link for up to date information regarding hand washing.
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.
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Dorset Children's Advice and Duty Service
We have made some improvements here at Dorset Council that we hope will improve the lives of children and families and provide better support to you as the professionals working with them.
We want to make sure that every child receives the right help - regardless of whether social care involvement is needed or not. We know you'll all agree that it is important to help families before they reach crisis point, as that's ultimately better for our children and young people.
Sometimes families need the support of social workers and when this is the case, we need to ensure that this is provided without delay. However, we also know that very often early support from other agencies can prevent concerns escalating.
Children and families have told us that, wherever it is safe, they would prefer this support to be provided by professionals they know and trust. We want to work more closely with you and your staff to agree together what support children and families need and who is best placed to meet the need.
On 2 October we launched our new Children's Advice and Duty Service. If you are concerned about a child and need support or advice from Children’s Services, you will be able to call a professionals-only number to discuss your concerns rather than complete a referral form. You will immediately speak with one of our consultant social workers who will go through these concerns with you. We'll continue to make the same safeguarding checks with partners in health and police as we do now within the current Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), but you will not need to complete a referral form. The intention will be to agree together what should happen next - whether this is allocating a social worker, family worker or supporting you in meeting the need through an early help assessment and team around the family approach. Our ethos is 'never doing nothing' so that families are supported as soon as they need help.
This has been designed with renowned safeguarding expert, Professor David Thorpe. He has worked with over 20 children’s services teams to create a single point of contact that provides better support for families and partner professionals to improve the lives of children and families by ensuring the right support is provided, at the right time. Our colleagues in Norfolk implemented Professor Thorpe’s model nearly a year ago and they have already seen an improvement in services offered to children and their families. We have visited their team and have seen for ourselves the benefits and how valued the support to partners is.
We’re really excited about launching the new service and are confident that it will help us work together to ensure that children and families in Dorset are supported at the right time, first time.
Answers to some frequently asked questions are attached to this article along with a flowchart and small and large format posters to help you publicise the service to colleagues. There is also a link to information on the Dorset Council website for the public to refer to.
If you have any other queries, please contact Service Manager, Maggie Aldwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01305 225829. Or Susan Blizzard at email@example.com.
HLTA ..... your next step??
Professional Development and Career Progression opportunity for TAs
The Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) role was introduced in 2003 to raise standards and tackle teacher workload. Gaining HLTA status is verification that TAs meet the highest level nationally agreed standards for adults supporting teaching and learning, allowing schools to deploy HLTAs to cover absences, planning, preparation and assessment times.
HLTA Community SW have been delivering the assessment preparation programme since its inception and have a strong team of expert trainers. Past participants have subsequently received national recognition of their expertise at the HLTA of the year awards.
Benefits of HLTA Status:
Positive impact on pupil performance resulting from the HLTA role
Helps reduce teacher workload
A rise in confidence and self-esteem of the HLTAs
Good quality career progression for teaching assistants (TAs)
Verification that TAs meet the highest level of nationally agreed standards for supporting teaching and learning
Recognised by Ofsted as a positive tool for the effective deployment of support staff.
(NFER research, 2007)
We are now recruiting our next cohorts for the 3 day preparation training.
Dorchester—20 January, 22 January and 16 March 2020
Dorchester—28 April, 5 May and 16 June 2020
and in Devon:
Buckfast—24 January, 31 January and 20 March 2020
Exminster—24 April, 1 May and 19 June 2020
For more details and application forms please visit our website http://hltacommunitysw.co.uk
We are also happy to consider requests for bespoke training. Please contact us to discuss your requirements:
For further information please contact TADSS on firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 01305 833518.
With thanks from
The TADSS Team