Dogs Trust

Learn with Dogs Trust

Attention all teachers! We are now offering 30-minute online family workshops to encourage children to think and act responsibly around dogs to benefit everyone’s wellbeing. These free, fun, interactive sessions are delivered via Zoom or Microsoft Teams directly to your home and suitable for all the family. If you are interested and would like to find out more, please contact us via email at [email protected] We can't wait to hear from you!

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 in to 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 our 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. In instances where there are a larger number of KS2 groups to visit, we would instead recommend a whole school safety assembly which KS1 can be part of. We do offer one standalone workshop for KS1 but this would be at the Education and Community Officer's discretion.

For Taking the Lead workshops, please speak to your Education and Outreach Officer to see what they can offer. 

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How long does each workshop last?

Workshops last 1 hour for KS2 and 30 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. To be discussed with the officer attending prior to the date. 

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What equipment will the school need to provide?

All workshops are based around PowerPoint presentations so our Education Officers will need access to equipment to enable the use of this resource.

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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, deal with any illness or behaviour issues, but most importantly to take on board what has been covered in the workshop, to enable further consolidation of the key messages as well as the extension of themes and what has been learnt into the classroom.

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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 classes and pupils that you would like us to. In fact, we would like to talk to every pupil in your school, every year that they are with you. It is only through on-going education that we can help educate the dog owners of the future. Please note however that KS2 are our target audience and for larger schools this age group will take priority. 

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

We can get booked up quite fast, but always contact us to see whether we can be available. Ideally a term in advance is wise, but we will take bookings a year in advance!

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How do you cater for SEN or more able pupils?

We always talk to teachers prior to the workshops to assess whether there are any special requirements. Our activities are designed to be flexible and can be adapted to meet most pupils’ needs.

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How much does a workshop cost?

All our workshops are free of charge, as education is integral to improving the welfare of dogs in our communities. However, donations to the rehoming centre or fundraising is always welcomed.

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What does an online workshop consist of?

These free and interactive sessions, in which we cover our core Dog safety messages, are delivered by our qualified Education Officers. The session is between 30-45 minutes and will be discussion based around the presentation slides and scenarios presented, some workshops will also include video clips.

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Who can partake in an online 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, in a fun and interactive way. We can deliver our online workshops into the classroom, hall or the family home.

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How do you interact with the children?

Children will be asked questions and encouraged to engage throughout the session. You will also be able to see your Officer via the live video link and we advise that you also keep your camera and microphone on to speak with us.

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What platform do you use?

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

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What involvement do parents/guardians have?

We request that parents/guardians are present throughout the duration of the family sessions 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 sessions will be delivered by a fully qualified member of Dogs Trust staff. Sessions will be private, password protected and via an invitation only basis so that no one else can join. We do not record any sessions. A copy of our safeguarding guidelines will be made available before the sessions.

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