The duty to teach Religious Education to all pupils, in all years, in all schools
Warrington SACRE have received clarification from the Department for Education with regard to the requirement to teach RE in maintained schools and academies. We have also read the new Ofsted Inspection Handbook, and wish to offer the attached helpful guidance to schools on the expectation to provide high quality RE to all pupils in all years in all schools.
Teachers new to EYFS, Year 2 and Year 6 (including NQTs)
If you have any teachers new to EYFS, Year 2 and Year 6 could you please e-mail Lisa Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Local Authority governing body autumn reports
Please note the Director's Briefing to governors has been cancelled for this academic year.
The Local Authority papers for consideration at the autumn term governing body meetings are:
* Children Missing Education
* Support for Refugee and Asylum seeker children and families
* Report of the Executive Director of Families and Wellbeing
Dementia Awareness in Schools
Orchard Care Homes, a leading provider of high-quality care for the elderly, has launched a new children’s activity book, ‘Making Sense of Dementia.’ It’s designed to develop understanding and help children feel less confused when someone close to them has that condition. It will take pride of place in all thirty-nine of Orchard Care Homes residences and will also be sent to local schools to increase awareness of dementia amongst young people.
Making Sense of Dementia’ features fun traditional games such as mazes, spot the difference, optical illusions, memory tests, word searches and much more. Every activity is linked to the challenges somebody with dementia may face, with many pages asking children to question what they could do to help. By working through the book, children will better understand what living with dementia may feel like and learn to empathise and bond with family members who have the condition.
Professor Martin Green, OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, welcomed the book, saying: “Making Sense of Dementia” is aimed at young people over 8 years of age. It’s very informative, interactive and full of puzzles, questions and activities that give insight and develop understanding in a diverse and entertaining way. I sincerely hope that this publication will be used in schools and by families to improve young people's knowledge of dementia, and to break down the barriers of fear and misunderstanding that exist about this increasingly common condition.”
Co-author Lorraine Lee, Executive Director of Quality & Governance at Orchard Care Homes, commented: “I am passionate about making the lives of people with dementia better. ‘Making Sense of Dementia’ provides children with the tools to lessen the confusion about the changes they see in a once familiar person. Our aim was to create a book that will go some way towards helping families stay close to their loved one with dementia – and achieve this in a fun and engaging way.”
The book was written to coincide with the launch of Reconnect, a ground-breaking new approach to dementia care by Orchard Care Homes. Created by leading sector professionals following three years of research and development, the model recognises the importance of relationships, communication, environment, empathy and meaningful occupation to improve residents’ quality of life.
Launching at Green Park Care Home in Warrington in August 2019, the Reconnect model will deliver an innovative approach to empower people living with dementia to retain their identity, in a safe and positive environment. The home has been designed to recognise the needs of people with dementia, with small lounges, in a homely yet therapeutic environment supported by a team of highly trained dementia therapists. The specialist care approach will provide people with dementia and complex needs with the continuity of care that the condition requires.
Lorraine Lee continued: “There is so much more research and understanding of the disease, and we now have the opportunity to significantly improve the way we care for people with dementia. Research into the condition formed the basis of Reconnect. The number of people living with dementia within the UK is predicted to rise to 1,700,000 by 2051, and we all are likely to know someone who suffers from the disease. By putting ourselves in the shoes of the person living with dementia, we are able to see the world through their eyes, and deliver care that is truly personal to them, and address any of the challenges in a positive and empowering way.“
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Critical Incident Documents - 2019
Please see attached updated critical incident documents.
Launch of Clinical Skills Training Hub
NHS Warrington CCG in collaboration with Warrington Borough Council are proud to announce the launch of the WARRINGTON CLINICAL SKILLS HUB.
Aimed at Adult Social Care Providers:
· BE PART OF AN INNOVATIVE NEW PROGRAMME OF CLINICAL SKILLS TRAINING AVAILABLE WHEN YOU NEED
IT AND IN YOUR LOCALITY
· HAVE A SAY IN WHAT TOPICS ARE DELIVERED
· GET SUPPORT WITH STAFF COMPETENCIES
· SHARE THE COST OF EXPENSIVE CLINICAL TRAINING WITH OTHER LOCAL PROVIDERS
Adult Social Care Providers can pay a monthly subscription to join the Clinical Skills Hub which will give them access to a number of training courses for their staff including: Core care skills, Skin Integrity/React to Red, Introduction to End of Life Care, Venepuncture, Clinical observations & NEWS early warning scoring, Ear Care, Dysphagia, Care planning, Enhanced Care Home Support Service pathways, Syringe driver training & end of life drugs, Advance Care Planning & difficult conversations, Catheterisation, Verification of expected death, Dietetics, Diabetes Management, Competency sessions.
Venue for all training is St Werburghs Development Centre, Boswell Avenue, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 6DQ.
For further details and subscription pricing please contact:
Quality Improvement Manager (Care Homes)
Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group
Tel: 01925 843689
Warrington Clinical Skills Training Hub
Tel: 01925 442896
Music Archaeology: FREE KS2 Resource for Music, History, Science, English, Art, Drama & DT.
Music Archaeology: New KS2 education pack brings the sounds of pre-historic and Roman sites to life
Primary schools can access new education resources based on music archaeology research from the University of Huddersfield’s Professor Rupert Till, enabling children to explore the sounds and music of pre-historical and early Roman sites.
Music Archaeology: From Stone Age to Roman Times is a Key Stage 2 education pack with links to National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Music, History, Science, English, Art, Drama & DT.
The Music Archaeology education resource pack can be downloaded for free from: http://mhm.hud.ac.uk/soundgate/.
The resource pack is based on the Soundgate app created as part of the European Music Archaeology Project. The Soundgate app allows users to interactively explore a number of archaeological sites: prehistoric caves in Spain; Stonehenge in England; and Paphos Roman Theatre in Cyprus, as they might have looked and sounded in the ancient past.
Pupils can explore these spaces visually through virtual walk-throughs, images and video, and aurally by hearing musical and natural sounds that may have been heard there in the past. They can hear how the acoustics of these spaces enhances how the spaces are experienced, and how the acoustics change as you move around the site.
The education pack contains a Teacher’s Guide to using the Soundgate app as well as a series of engaging Lesson Plans on topics such as Creating Cave Art and Making Cave Sounds and Music with links to National Curriculum Programmes of Study for music, history and science and other subjects.
By taking part in a range of activities in the pack, children can immerse themselves in the world of a pre-historic human, firstly by experiencing sounds in caves as an individual or family member, then moving onto the larger group experience of rituals and sound at Stonehenge and finishing with an experience of sound in performance, as audience or performers at Paphos amphitheatre in early Roman times.
The Music Archaeology education resource pack can be downloaded for free from: http://mhm.hud.ac.uk/soundgate/
The Soundgate app can also be downloaded for free at: http://www.emaproject.eu/content/soundgate-app.html
You can find out more about the University of Huddersfield’s Sound Archaeology Research Group at: https://research.hud.ac.uk/institutes-centres/cmci/projects/soundarchaeologyresearchgroup/
WSP/WSAB Multi Agency Safeguarding Training
Warrington Multi Agency Safeguarding Training Warrington Safeguarding Partnership (WSP) and Warrington Safeguarding Adults Board (WSAB) are pleased to offer a programme of multi-agency training. This includes courses which are part of a rolling programme as well as new courses that will reflect the WSP and WSAB priorities and the changing agenda for safeguarding. This programme will be regularly updated as information becomes available. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please visit our website at www.warrington.gov.uk/wsp or www.warrington.gov.uk/wsab.