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Win with TeachOut

TeachOut is completely free for School Visit Co-ordinators and teachers to use, to get ideas and plan your next group trip or workshop. The website has been designed with busy teachers in mind: with a diverse, hand-picked range of listings, workshops and transport options, as well as a growing virtual planning section with risk assessment guidance to help reduce your workload. Sign up at and follow Twitter @TeachOutSW to receive special offers and get inspired to book something different for your next educational trip!

*Win a fantastic selection of age-appropriate books for your class!*

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Focus on Newquay Zoo

In this edition, we’re showcasing one of TeachOut’s day visits: Newquay Zoo. From science to modern languages, and from maths to wartime history and persuasive writing, we’ve yet to discover a subject that can’t be taught at the zoo! Whether you’re getting up close to artefacts and minibeasts in their workshop sessions, or close to their wonderful animals, you’re guaranteed an amazing trip that brings learning to life. Book your next class trip at

Time 2 Move Cornwall Framework for PE and School Sport

'Time2Move' is the Cornwall Framework for PE and School Sport. It has been produced by a range of key stakeholders in Cornwall including Head Teachers and subject specialists and promotes every child's right to a healthy and happy life focusing on the value of PE and school sport.

As part of this initiative, the PE and School Sport Strategic Group has recently conducted a county-wide survey, where each school in the county is invited to self-assess current provision against the stated ambitions of the framework.

If you would like to register your support for the Time 2 Move initiative, email

Showcase Event by the Kernow English Hub at Trenance Learning Academy

The Kernow English Hub at Trenance Learning Academy is one of 32 schools across England appointed by the DfE to take a leading role in supporting schools in the teaching of early reading, closing the word gap and promoting a love of reading.

The Hub will be hosting a showcase event on Wednesday 1 May, between 9am and 11:30am, at the Trenance Learning Academy in Newquay. At this event there will be a talk by the Kernow English Hub lead, learning walks to see best practice in systematic synthetic phonics and guidance around building early language and vocabulary. For details call 01637 874532 or email

Jamaica Inn Helps Marooned Motorists in Snow 

Jamaica Inn really was the focus of all attention on 31 January 2019 as it came to the rescue of many motorists stranded in the snow. That day, unexpectedly, the snow fell thick and fast across Cornwall, causing havoc on many of the roads, including the very exposed section of the A30 near the Jamaica Inn.

Hearing news of the roads, the friendly team at the Inn set up 15 spare mattresses in the Pedlars restaurant and posted across its social media that anyone stranded on the A30 was welcome to warm up, get some winter-warming food and stay the night if needed. Little did they know at that stage that 15 mattresses were not going to be enough! In total, the Inn accommodated well over 100 people including four children under two and four dogs. When the roads became passable and the guests began leaving to continue their journeys, they were replaced by media crews - and, it seemed, everyone in between. At this stage the original Facebook post had been seen by over 1 million people! To read more about this story see, or to make a booking for a very tasty home-cooked dinner call 01566 86250.

All aboard with the Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust 

Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust is a local charity that has been teaching children to sail for over 21 years. It caters for learners at all stages with courses that are tailored to each child’s level of experience. Learning to sail is a transformative experience for those taking part. Through games and exercises, the HRCST teaches water sports and life skills simultaneously and ensures that every child has fun. Join them on the water this summer! For details see

Rare Deer Born at Newquay Zoo 

A Philippine spotted deer has been born at Newquay Zoo. It’s another breeding success for the Cornish charity zoo and the first of this species to be born anywhere in the UK this year.

This is one of the rarest deer species in the world, classified as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It’s thought that fewer than 2,500 are left in the wild, due to illegal hunting and deforestation.

The Philippine spotted deer, also known as Prince Alfred’s deer or Visayan spotted deer, was born on 10 January. Keeper Tracey Twomey said: “With the Philippine spotted deer being one of the most globally threatened deer species, each birth is extremely important for the conservation of the species. Mother and baby are doing very well, both are strong and healthy. We look forward to seeing this little one grow-up and hopefully have little ones of her own.” For more information go to or ring 01637 873342.

Fly Direct from Cornwall Airport Newquay this Summer

Start your summer holidays sooner this year and fly direct from Cornwall Airport Newquay with twice weekly flights to both Faro in Portugal and Alicante in Spain.

The Algarve region is the stunning southern coastline of Portugal lined with beautiful golden sandy beaches, and whitewashed fishing towns. Whether you like to relax by the water, visit historical towns full of culture, or hit the surf, Faro is perfectly situated in the centre of the region providing easy access to some fantastic resorts.

The port city of Alicante is situated on the Costa Blanca and offers Spanish culture, history and beautiful Mediterranean beaches. With blue flag status and crystal clear waters Alicante’s beaches are perfect for relaxing in the sun or having a go at the various water sports on offer. Ryanair fly to Alicante on Wednesdays and Sundays, and Faro on Tuesdays and Saturdays from April to October. Book now at

New Heating and Insulation Grants for People Receiving Child Benefit in Cornwall

A new range of grants has been launched for people in Cornwall who receive Child Benefit, to help towards the cost of boiler upgrades, full central heating, loft insulation and cavity wall insulation. Heat Cornwall has been offering these grants for over 15 years in the county, but now, due to changes in the Government’s eligibility criteria, people with children who receive Child Benefit, can also receive assistance, subject to a maximum income criteria.

Fiona Bain from Heat Cornwall said “People often think that to be eligible for these grants they need to be in receipt of income related benefits, but this isn’t always the case. The income thresholds vary depending on whether you live alone or with a partner, and how many children you are responsible for”. People in receipt of Child Benefit who wish to take advantage of these heating and insulation grants can call Heat Cornwall on 01872 574900 or go to

Could You be a Foster Carer?

Cornwall Fostering is looking for people to provide, safe and loving homes for children and young people in care in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Fostering is a way of providing a safe and secure home for children who cannot live with their own parents. Often, this is on a temporary basis whilst the parents get help to sort out problems. Children often return to their parents after a period of being in foster care, as long as it is clear that the issues that brought them into care have been successfully resolved, and that their parents can look after them safely. Other children stay in foster care on a permanent basis, some are adopted, and some move on to live independently. To find out more about Fostering in Cornwall call 01872 323 638 or email or visit

Call for Young People to Learn Emergency Skills

Young people in Cornwall have the chance to learn how to help others in an emergency as the Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Award reopens for applications. The ground-breaking scheme was first launched in Cornwall after the response to significant flooding and aims to educate and train young people to assist before, during and after a crisis. The scheme was created in 2011 to give young people in the UK an opportunity to learn what to do in an emergency situation, such as severe weather. The award scheme is open to all young people between the ages of 5 and 18 and uses a 3 tier system, where awards are earned at various ages.

The scheme provides encouragement by awarding certificates and badges at each level. For more information about the award visit:

Save The Children’s Muddy Puddle Walk Fundraiser 

Join families and nurseries across the UK and take part in Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children between 13 and 19 May 2019. Since its launch in 2017, the Muddy Puddle Walk has generated a fundraising total of almost half a million pounds. Sign up now at to receive your free Fundraising Pack.

The Latest from Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon & Cornwall Police now has many online ways to contact them making it easier and more convenient, just choose the right one for you…

Why not use WebChat? Devon & Cornwall Police’s WebChat allows you to talk directly to the contact centre staff, just the same as calling them. You can ask the police a question or receive updates on existing crime reports, all at your own convenience.

It’s simple and easy to use and can be accessed through any desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – just the same as calling.

Why not send an email? Sending an email to will reach the Force’s contact centre just the same as calling. The 101 email address can be used to report all non-emergency crime and give the police any information about crime in your area.

Why not report directly online? If you want to report a crime or tell the police about something that’s already happened and it’s non-urgent, report it online. Simply fill in the details on the online crime reporting form ( and then once submitted your information/crime report will be logged.

So why call the police when you don’t have to? Go online:

Remember, if it’s an emergency always call 999.

Free Home Fire Safety Checks from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

Latest figures show that more than a third of homes in Cornwall which had a house fire in the last year did not have a smoke detector. Of the 304 house fires attended by firefighters from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) between 1 January and 1 December 2018, 120 did not have a smoke detector. Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service will fit smoke detectors as part of free Home Fire Safety Checks offered to the more vulnerable members of the community. Currently, the firefighters visit more than 5,000 homes across Cornwall each year to give advice and check or fit smoke detectors as part of its Home Fire Safety Checks. Complete the free home fire safety check survey via the Cornwall Council website – – search for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service - to see if you are eligible for a Home Fire Safety Check.

Free Saturday Workshops at Falmouth Art Gallery

Falmouth Art Gallery runs regular free workshops for a wide range of visitors including families, babies and toddlers, schools and community groups. Drop-in workshops are held on most Saturdays from 2pm to 3pm. Additionally, there are twice monthly sessions titled 'Baby Paint' and 'Little Fingers' for the extra young visitor and accompanying parent. Call 01326 313863 for details.

Run a Beep Beep! Day to Engage Children in Road Safety Basics

Beep Beep! Days are a great opportunity for early year’s educators to introduce 2-7 year olds to road safety basics, with fun activities and resources provided by Brake.

You can register for your free e-pack or purchase a bumper pack for just £12.60, per 50 children. The pack includes lots of fun and reusable road safety activities including colouring sheets, posters, laminated activities, certificates, stickers and balloons. Register now at; email or call the team on 01484 550061.

Support Advice Sessions for Families in Bodmin and Launceston

If you have a child under the age of 13 and need some advice, then the friendly teams at the Bodmin Family Hub and Launceston Family Hub can provide one to one appointments for information, advice and guidance on parenting, housing, relationships, grants, benefits, and adult learning. For an appointment contact the Bodmin Family Hub on 01208 265760 or the Launceston Family Hub on 01566 770823.









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