News in Dorset

Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset SCITT open morning

An open morning for potential applicants interested in the SCITT programme will take place at Twynham School, Christchurch, a leading school for the Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset teacher training partnership, on 8 February from 9.30am to 12.15pm. The morning will include a tour of the school with an opportunity to spend some time in classes, a presentation on the teacher training programme, and an opportunity to ask questions and meet with staff and trainees. See – Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset SCITT open morning.


Train to Teach Bournemouth

Get all your questions about teaching and teacher training answered at the free Train to Teach event at the Hilton in Bournemouth on Tuesday 6 March, from 4.30pm to 8pm. This free Train to Teach Roadshow will provide you with a wealth of information on how to get into teaching and how to apply for training in your region. See


School packages offered by The Oceanarium 

The Oceanarium offers school packages for your class to engage in a global journey through the waters of the world and welcomes groups of all ages, abilities and sizes, all year round.

Choose from three different educational packages which range in price and offerings to suit the needs of your visit. Whether you are looking for a self-guided visit, a tour from the marine experts or a fun interactive session with use of the lunchroom, the Oceanarium is the perfect all-weather venue for school groups. See for further details.


Kingston Maurward Animal Park – is evolving! 

As of February 2018, Kingston Maurward Animal Park will be offering tailored educational packages for Foundation, KS1 and KS2 with exclusive access to its brand-new encounter zone! Lesson plans are available and pre-visits for teachers are very much welcomed. Prices start at £4 per child – all teachers and helpers go free. This year also sees the launch of Kingston Maurward’s sensory visits, which follow the free Special Senses Day on 17 March. For more information, contact or call 01305 215003


Learning at Lulworth – Plus: Free Coasteering teacher taster session 

Are you learning about the changing coast? Rocks? Fossils? If so, you may be interested in joining the team at Lulworth at the ultimate outdoor classroom! Lulworth provides the perfect case study for balancing tourism with conservation, as well as offering engaging activities on a multi-day adventure. You can’t beat the local knowledge and resources that The Lulworth Ranger Team are able to provide. There’s a free Coasteering teacher taster session on 29 May – pre-booking is essential. For details email, call 01929 400155 or see


Multi award-winning Adventure Wonderland is the perfect school trip destination! 

Adventure Wonderland is a great spot for an unforgettable school trip… and with educational workshops, together with a great range of rides and attractions, it’s the perfect balance between work and play. This year there’ll be The Mr Rabbit Mystery or The River Mekong Adventure workshops, supported by post-workshop activities.

This education programme aims to give balanced sessions, combining fun with learning and can be covered either by workshops, booklets or supplementary activities, used either at schools or during a visit. See for more


A better internet starts with you

The Safer Internet Day theme this year sums it up – a better internet begins with each and every one of us, whether it’s a parent regularly engaging with their children’s digital lives, a teacher championing online safety in school, a child who doesn’t stand by when they see cyberbullying, or a tech company that takes time to listen to children’s needs. Educators, social workers and other professionals working with children and young people play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online. Be part of the change on 6 February 2018. Find a range of advice, resources and support at


Sign up to the BBC’s Primary Science Project

Terrific Scientific is an exciting nationwide science project from the BBC aimed at primary pupils and their teachers. Its goal is to inspire children to discover their inner scientist. The BBC has partnered with leading universities to create a series of child-friendly nationwide scientific investigations supported by free teaching resources. Teachers can submit data to the BBC’s interactive map to share and compare results with other classes around the UK, as well as send their data to universities to analyse. Visit


Andy’s Dino Rap Show at Brewery Square

Andy Day will be paying a visit to Brewery Square on Saturday, 31 March to perform his much-loved dinosaur-themed rap show. Two free performances will take place on the day with a meet and greet session after each. The first show will begin at 12pm and the second at 2pm. For further details to win a place at one of the meet and greet events, find Brewery Square on Facebook and keep an eye out for the competition. See


Free Fun Superhero Teddy Time Exercise for children

Teddy Time – - aims to get children and families active and healthy. Teddy Time club provides some lively tunes that will engage your child and encourage movement. For free, unlimited access to the Teddy Time club, an animated story, Government dietary guidelines, local links and exercise ideas for all the family - see


Book your child’s eye test with experts in vision

Do you really know if your child can see and understand their visual world? Many children struggle at school despite being 20/20 as they have problems processing visual information.

With over 35 research papers published, international award-winning Optometrist Geoff Shayler of Shaylers Vision Centre is regarded as a leader in the assessment and treatment of children with vision related learning difficulties. Free NHS funded eye tests are available for all children under 19 at Shaylers Vision Centre, Wareham. Call 01929 553928 or see


Perfect Mother’s Day Treat: Get Gorgeous with La Vie Spa offers

As women, mothers, friends and confidants to your family, you never take essential “time out” for yourselves. The friendly team at La Vie Spa feel that it’s time for you stop feeling guilty about looking after your health and wellbeing. They honestly and strongly believe that mothers are the glue that keep the family together and as such, have put a special package together, so that you and a friend can take some “Me Time” relaxing, chatting and laughing in the tranquil relaxation suite. Don’t feel guilty - let La Vie make you feel “impeccable” - you deserve it! Find La Vie Spa at the Maritime Hotel, Portland, DT5 2NA. Call 01305 82600 or visit


Sign up for the Dorset Neon Run in Poole

Get your glow on and take part in the Dorset Neon Run in Poole Park on 21 April. By signing up you will have the chance to run, dance or walk around the night time 5k route, all in aid of local charity Diverse Abilities. Participants will be provided with a t-shirt, glow sticks, bracelets and neon paint to help light up the night. Arrive to sizzling sounds while you register and enjoy a warm up from a Clubbercise instructor just before setting off to glow up the 5k route. Sign up at


Talking about online safety this Safer Internet Day

The internet is an important part of many young people’s lives, from school work to games, the online world is where a lot of young people are spending their time. Safer Internet Day provides a key moment when children and young people can take the lead in making the internet a better place and when families and schools can spark conversations about these issues and encourage children to speak up about any worries they may have.

What is Safer Internet Day?

Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 6 February 2018 with the theme “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”. Find a range of advice and support at, including conversation starters, activities for your family and information about safety features on the most popular platforms and devices.


Sing for Diverse Abilities

Rock your socks off this March and get a singing group together or hold a musical event for Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity. There are many ways to get involved and use music to help others. Find out more at


Hillside get Sustrans School Mark Bronze Award 

Children, parents and staff of Hillside Community First School in Verwood were proud to be awarded the Sustrans School Mark Bronze Award recently. Sustrans is a UK charity which aims to make it easier for children and adults to walk, cycle or even scoot. Hillside has been working with the charity to encourage as many of its pupils as possible to ditch the car to school. Sign up to Sustrans ‘The Big Shift’ at - school-online-challenge


Ferndown Middle School pupils design merchandise stand for Lighthouse 

A group of talented Design Technology students from Ferndown Middle School took up the challenge of designing a merchandise stand for the pantomime at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts. The pupils from Years 6 and 8 gave up their lunchtimes to work on the project, which saw them design and build a spectacular theatre-themed stand complete with pantoland signpost. For further information see


School celebrated for swimming success

The partnership between a local primary school and leisure centre is being celebrated after its commitment to keeping children safe was recognised at a national level.

Hillbourne Primary School has been named the runner up in the Primary School of the Year Swim England National Awards. It comes in recognition of the school’s work with Everyone Active Poole (Dolphin) Leisure Centre to ensure more young people develop the skills needed to stay safe in water.

Hillbourne Primary School has been swimming at the centre for the past eight years, during which time more than 700 pupils have been taught to swim. Many of these have also achieved Swim England’s national target of leaving primary school able to swim 25 metres unaided. See


Emotional Wellbeing for Young People conference in Dorset 

Nationally renowned speakers including Dame Esther Rantzen, founder of ChildLine, are set to headline a conference in Dorset on young people’s mental health. The conference, organised by leading provider of education in wellbeing, Iron Mill College, will also include contributions from charities, Young Minds and Education Support Partnership. It will be of value to teachers, parents, carers, health practitioners, youth workers and others. ‘Promoting Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing in Young People’, takes place on Saturday 7 April 2018 in Wimborne. Learn more or book: or call 01202 743804.


Feline overwhelmed by junk mail? 

Dorset residents are being asked to think about the amount of stuff they throw away with a new campaign from the Dorset Waste Partnership, called “Slim Your Bins”. Part of the campaign involves dealing with junk mail. You can reduce unwanted addressed mail by registering with the Mailing Preference Service (MPS), so you only get the mail you want – see You can also display a “No Junk Mail” notice by your letterbox or register with “Your Choice” at


Childcare for February Half Term

Cuddles Day Nursery’s holiday clubs take children from reception through to age 14 and are available at Poole Stadium Parkstone and Canford Heath. Activities are planned to be engaging and age appropriate - for example, this half term, whilst the smaller children are out and about on their scooters, the older children could be visiting Safewise, learning first aid or designing their own comic strip. The holiday club runs from 8am to 6pm daily and costs just £30.99. Contact 01202 747198 for more details.


Half of sugar consumption comes from unhealthy snacks and drinks

Parents in the South West are being urged to take control of their children’s snacking. This is because half of children’s sugar intake, currently around seven sugar cubes a day, comes from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks, leading to obesity and dental decay.

Recent data shows childhood obesity has reached alarming rates, with 22% of four-to-five year-olds overweight or obese in the South West, increasing to 30% in 10-11 year-olds.

The new Change4Life campaign encourages parents to “Look for 100 calorie snacks, two a day max”. Look out for special offers on a range of healthier snacks at selected supermarkets and money-off vouchers. See


Free residential camps in Blanford Forum will provide children with experience of a lifetime

Free recreational activity camps for children with health challenges are to be set up in Blandford Forum, with the aim of providing them with the experience of a lifetime.

The residential camps are scheduled to take place in at Bryanston School, in Blanford Forum throughout April, July and August. Families interested in signing up for the residential camps- which are also available to siblings affected by serious illnesses - can apply now.

Over The Wall, the charity that organises the therapeutic camps, aims to present children with the opportunity to experience the magic of camp through activities such as kayaking, fishing, climbing, swimming, dancing, taking part in challenge courses, archery, arts & crafts, talent shows, discos and much more.

Children with a wide variety of illnesses and diseases including cancer and leukaemia, blood disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, skin conditions -such as severe eczema, multiple severe allergies, heart conditions, kidney disease, neurological disorders and many more, can apply.

Over The Wall will also be recruiting for local volunteers for its camps in the Dorset area, as well as nurses, doctors and paramedics. If you can help, register your interest now by calling Over The Wall on 02392 477110.

If you have, or know of a child, or family that would benefit from the Over The Wall’s camp, (or you are interested in volunteering)-contact Over The Wall or apply directly at














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