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FAQs

Below is a list of common questions we sometimes get asked about our workshops. We hope you find the answer to your query below. If not, you can always email us at [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Do workshops involve a dog?

We no longer take dogs into schools to be part of our workshops. This decision was made based on research and advice from our trained behaviourists. If you would like to read more on our stance regarding dogs in schools, please refer to the School Dogs page on our website. https://www.learnwithdogstrust.org.uk/school-dogs/

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What age groups do you talk to?

Our target audience is KS2 and all visits must include at least two KS2 workshops where possible. In instances where there are a larger number of KS2 groups to see, we can visit across multiple days. Alternatively, we can offer online workshops that might allow for more groups to be seen in one day than an in-person visit. We do offer one standalone workshop for KS1, but this would be at the Education and Community Officer's discretion and subject to booking requirements being met..

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How long does each workshop last?

Both in-person and online, workshops last 1 hour for KS2 and 30-45 mins for KS1 ( Please note that booking terms above apply for KS1 workshops).

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Where will the workshops take place?

Workshops ideally take place in a classroom, although we try our best to accommodate your needs. We can also offer virtual workshops via platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams, providing you have the facilities to accommodate this.

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What equipment will the school need to provide?

We bring all the resources we need to deliver our in-person workshops. Presentations will be brought on a USB drive, so we need access to a laptop or computer connected to a projector or Smart Board. If this is not possible, discuss with your Education and Community Officer prior to a visit so alternative arrangements can be made.
For our online workshops, you will need access to Microsoft Teams or Zoom, and a working webcam and microphone in the classroom(s) that we will be delivering to. We recommend a test run prior to the workshops to ensure that everything is connected and working correctly.
We will discuss further requirements when you book.

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Can the workshops be run without the teacher?

We ask the teacher to be present during the workshop not only to help support the pupils, but to address any illness or behaviour issues, and most importantly to take on board what has been covered in the workshop, to enable further consolidation of the key messages. For online workshops teachers play a pivotal role in ensuring interactions between the class and the Education and Community Officer are as clear and fluid as possible.

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Is there a limit to the number of free workshops we can have?

No there isn’t, we are happy to talk to as many KS2 classes and pupils that you would like us to. In fact, we would like to talk to every KS2 pupil in your school, every year that they are with you. It is  through on-going education that we are most likely to improve dog welfare. As previously mentioned, there is some provision for KS1 too providing booking conditions have been met where possible

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How far in advance do we need to book a workshop?

We would generally advise booking a visit a term in advance. We can get booked up quite fast so we can’t always meet requests that are relatively short notice - it is however always worth checking with your local Education and Community Officer as availability can vary from region to region.

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Do you visit other settings, eg SEN schools, Secondary and home school groups?

We have very limited provision outside of mainstream primary school settings, but please get in touch with your local Education and Community Officer to discuss your requirements.

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How much does a workshop cost?

The Education Programme is not linked to fundraising - though donations will of course always be gratefully received! There is absolutely no cost for our workshops and you can book as many as you like.

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What does a workshop consist of?

Our free and interactive school workshops , focus on our key theme of Safe Behaviour Around Dogs, are delivered by our experienced Education and Community Officers. KS2 workshops last around 60 minutes, and KS1 (booking conditions apply) last between 30-45 minutes. The workshops are discussion- based and are focussed around PowerPoint presentations.

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Who can partake in a workshop?

Schools, community groups, families - anyone keen to learn more about how to be safe around dogs and how to understand our furry friends better.

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How do you interact with the children in a workshop?

Children will be asked questions and encouraged to engage throughout the session. The teacher plays a vital role in relaying questions and answers. In person workshops - we will adhere to social distancing guidlines at all times. We will ask that all children stay in their seats throughout the workshop and we will not supply any physical handouts to work from, the workshop will be entirely powerpoint based. Online workshop -  You will also be able to see your Education and Community Officer via the live video link and you will need to keep your camera and microphone on to ensure optimal interaction and communication.

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What platform do you use for online workshops?

We can deliver our workshops via Microsoft Teams or Zoom, whichever is your preference.

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 Aside from primary school workshops, what other interventions do you offer?

We are pleased to be able to offer our 'Understanding Dogs' workshop to families, or anyone it may be of relevance to ( i.e teachers in schools which have a school dog), which aims to increase understanding in why dogs behave in the ways they do, as well as to improve confidence in those that are afraid of dogs. For more information please visit our Building Confidence page

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What involvement do parents/guardians have?

We request that parents/guardians are present throughout the the family workshops to help reinforce the learning and messages with your child, active participation is very much encouraged!

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How will you keep my child safe?

All workshops will be delivered by an experienced member of Dogs Trust Education Team. Workshops will be private, password protected and invitation only so that no one else can join. A copy of our safeguarding guidelines will be made available before the workshop.

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 We have children that are scared of dogs, could your workshops help them?

We often receive feedback that our workshops have helped pupils and staff feel better about dogs. For those that need a little more help, we have developed a workshop for KS2 children and their parents/carers about understanding dogs better and hopefully build their confidence. The Understanding Dogs workshop is normally delivered as an after school session; we can arrange for families to join a session online during the Covid-19 pandemic. If you are interested in this, please discuss with your local Education and Community Officer.

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