School Closure Instructions and Information on GIS - also **Coronavirus update**
**UPDATE** Coronavirus: Latest information
Latest government information for education settings and poster for display in your school. Poster also attached to this article.
What to do and what you need to know if you need to close your school - planned or unplanned.
The decision to close a school or setting is taken by the Headteacher/Manager based on a risk assessment considering a number of factors:
Conditions at the school/setting; and
The health and safety of staff and pupils.
Issues considered could include, but are not limited to, whether there is catering available; public transport services are running; the site is safe for pupils/staff and, if conditions worsen, whether pupils/staff be able to return home safely.
If at all possible, the school/setting will remain open for as many children as possible. Schools/settings will do all they can to re-open as soon as appropriate.
If a school/setting has to close, information will be made available to parents/carers through the school's/setting's normal communications channels (including their website).
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.
Latest information on a school’s correct status is shown at https://mapping.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/closedservices
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Mosaic Conference - A child's view of traumatic grief
'It's Complicated' - 9.30 to 4 | Thursday 5 March 2020 | Hethfelton House, Wareham BH20 6HS
What is traumatic grief and what impact does it have on a child?
This one-day conference seeks to explore how complex causes of death impact on a child’s grief process.
Through a combination of guest speakers and practical workshops, professionals will be able to gain an insight into the effects and experience of a traumatic bereavement.
You will also gain useful ways to support the children and young people you are working with.
Louis Weinstock - Psychotherapist
Mark Lemon - Children's Author
Book tickets on Mosaic's website £70
For further information contact Mosaic direct:
Creating local history projects - FREE Training
FREE training on the heritage of Cranborne Chase and the Chalke Valley for teachers, by Historic England
Full-day of training: the cost of supply teachers can be met.
The Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is delighted to offer a free one day training course to teachers of all age groups in and around Cranborne Chase, to capitalise on the extraordinary, unique heritage of the area, and to suggest great places to go to get started with a local heritage study. Teachers can also learn techniques and ideas to extend children’s understanding of how people lived in the past.
The course will be delivered by Historic England’s Local Heritage Education Manager, Michael Gorely, who will provide training for teachers which will include techniques and ideas on how to use historical maps and aerial photographs with children to develop historical enquiry.
The training will include an opportunity for teachers to be taken on a guided tour of the local area exploring starting points in towns and cities to find out how ideas can be transferred to their own setting. In addition, teachers will explore how
to use primary sources such as historical street directories and census returns to extend children’s understanding of how people lived in the past.
Heritage Training for Schools is the first project involving schools and school children as part of the Cranborne Chase and Chalke Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme which runs for five years, and is funded by a £1.68million grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Other exciting and unique projects for schools and children will follow.
The available training dates:
Tuesday 24 March 2020, Gold Hill Museum, Shaftesbury 9.30am till 3pm
Wednesday 25 March 2020, Blandford Town Hall, from 9.30am till 3pm
Thursday 2 April 2020, Salisbury Museum, Salisbury 10am till 3pm
Refreshments and lunch are included in the training.
For more information and to book your place please call 01725 517417 or email the team Support Officer: email@example.com
We look forward to welcoming you to the training.
Rachel Limb and Charlotte Moreton, Heritage Engagement Officers, Cranborne Chase Landscape Partnership Scheme
Michael Gorely, South-West Local Education Manager, Historic England
Maths round-up for spring term 2020
Focusing on maths this year? Take a look at the training support on offer this term. Click on the course below to book.
28 Jan - Maths Subject Leader Forum
06 Feb - Half Day Overhaul of Primary Maths Subject Knowledge
12 Feb - Tackling Times Tables in Y3 & Y4
03 Mar - Half Day Overhaul of Primary Pedagogy - Add the useful; subtract the useless
24 Mar - Y6 Maths Revision Workshop
All sessions run 9am to 12pm at Durweston Village Hall, Church Rd, Durweston, Blandford Forum DT11 0QA
A handy flyer is attached for your staff rooms and noticeboards.
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