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The Curious Theatre Company

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Check out my resource for the new AQA GCSE Drama spec The 39 Steps, it's had rave reviews!

39 Steps
This scheme of work is ideal for teaching The 39 Steps.
I know how hectic a drama teacher’s life is, so these twelve one-hour lesson plans are simply laid out and a doddle to follow. There are easy to photocopy handouts, lots of inspiring videos and many web links – so it’s important you can access YouTube to really take advantage of all the valuable resources. Read more below…

“This Scheme of work is brilliant”- Lance Keegan ‘Royal Latin School’

Posted on 09/11/2016

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Author: Katie Stevens

A new parent will know just how much time goes into making a home child-proof. You have to get on to your hands and knees and see things from a child’s angle. Cover open plugs, safety-proof stairs, remove or cover sharp corners and more. It gets easier as the child gets older as they can listen to and understand instructions, although you always have to be careful.

If you have a disabled child, the challenges are that much harder. Worldwide, roughly one in twenty children have some kind of disability. Children with physical disabilities often have accidents in the home, because of impaired sight, hearing, mobility and even smell and feel.

We’re going to start off with how to child-proof your kitchen area as this is where most accidents happen.

Look at the disabilities that your child has
You will know the problems that your child faces, but let’s go over them.
Hearing: Children who cannot hear need to get warnings through any means other than audio. These will be visual.
Sight: You will need to have warnings for your child that are not visual. These will be tactile.
Mobility: You need to think ahead of how your child will be able to escape a dangerous situation. It could be an alarm or special access.

Communicate with your children about safety
You need to talk to your child. Explain from early on that there are dangers in the world, the house, and in the kitchen and how important it is that they are aware of the possible dangers. Reinforce the possibility of danger, role play if that is helpful, reassure them about the dangers but make quite sure they know what to do.

Cultivate good habits
Don’t do anything that you don’t expect your child to do. Do not play with matches. Do not leave taps running or the stove on. Put away cleaning products, close the fridge and do not leave anything lying around.
Also, if you have taught your child not to touch the oven plate when it is on, don’t do it yourself. Be a good role model.

What are some of the potential dangers?
Fire. Explain to the child why they cannot play with an oven or matches. Never leave matches lying around.
Water. Explain what a flood is. Or what happens if you drown. Remove the plugs from sinks or baths.
Knives: Never leave them lying around. Show kids what happens if they cut themselves.
Poison: Talk to your child about the potential dangers of chemicals and why they must never drink detergents or kitchen cleaning products.

What action can you take to ensure safety?
First of all ensure that all cupboards have childproof locks and that all sharp corners are covered on tables or counters. Any open plugs should be blocked or covered. Knives must always be put away, as must all domestic products or detergents. The oven buttons should be out of reach, dustbins should be closed and difficult to open, dirty sponges must be out of reach and the fridge needs a lock too.

Remember that child with a hearing disability will not hear a smoke alarm or the water boil. You need to find an alternate method, possibly something with bright or flashing lights. If your child is hard of hearing but can see, use visual signs to alert them to what is going on.

A child in a wheelchair will find it hard to exit the kitchen in case of fire. You need to ensure there are emergency and easy exits that are disabled friendly. All passageways should be wheelchair accessible.

Remove obstacles that could get in their way. A vase as decor is not a good idea if a child is going to knock it off the counter. Tables and chairs should always be in the same position.Remove the clutter.

If your child cannot hear a smoke alarm, have something visual that will notify them of a problem. Flashing lights are a good idea, or vibration pads. Remove obstacles that could get in the way.

Keep dangerous items away, at all times, including knives, any sharp objects, food processors and chemicals. Keep pan or pot handles turned inwards at all times.

Things to teach your children, a rulebook!

• Stay away from the oven.
• Never touch the stove, kettle or toaster.
• Do not use cleaning products.
• Keep your fingers away from plug points.
• Do not play with electrical chords.
• Do not play with knives, cutlery or crockery.
• Only help cook when someone is with you / watching you.
• Only help clean when someone is with you / watching you.
• Walk slowly in the kitchen.
• Do not play with matches.
• Never panic and always ask for help.

Useful Resources

Kitchen Safety for Disabled Children
Adapting the Childcare Environment for Children with Special Needs
Housing options for people with disabilities
Home Modifications - Funding Sources
Financial Assistance for Accessibility Home Repairs and Modifications

Posted on 25/10/2016

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Winners Again at 65 Years Young

Author: Norma Phillips
Secretary of
Teesside Musical Theatre Company


More awards for TMTC and celebrating 65 years in musical theatre

The multi awarding winning Teesside Musical Theatre Company, as well as celebrating 65 years in musical theatre this year, have also won the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) Region 8 Adult Performance Award for their 2016 production of “Jesus Christ Superstar”. This award was presented at the NODA North Youth and Performance Awards on 10 September 2016 where TMTC’s young and talented member, Emily Bashford, won the “Rising Star” award for her performance in Teesside Musical Theatre Youth Company’s production of “Scrooge – The Musical”. Hannah Smith was also nominated for the adult performance award for playing the role of Mary Magdalene so beautifully in “Jesus Christ Superstar”.

Added to previous performance awards for “The Producers” in 2014 and the programme award last year for “Carousel”, there are so many reasons why a TMTC production is the obvious choice when planning an evening at the theatre. It will always be an evening of spectacular entertainment.

As part of their celebrations, Teesside Musical Theatre Company are performing a concert entitled “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” to be performed at Teesside High School, Eaglescliffe, on 27-28 October 2016 at 7.15 pm. The concert will include hit songs from the shows and a spectacular finale from their upcoming 2017 production of “Spamalot” being performed at Middlesbrough Theatre on 15-20 May 2017. Teesside Musical Theatre Company were proud to be the first theatre company in this area to be granted a licence to perform “Spamalot”, and this will undoubtedly be the most amazing and hilarious production which will appeal to everyone who wants to leave the theatre feeling happy and thoroughly entertained.

Tickets for “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” only cost £10 for adults and £8 for under 14s and can be ordered from Jacquie Kelly on 01287 635259 (Mobile: 07712 485211). Jacquie will, of course, also be happy to discuss booking enquiries about “Spamalot”. It’s never too early to reserve your seats.

Members of Teesside Musical Theatre Company and their families and friends will also be getting together to celebrate the great achievement of 65 years in musical theatre at a dinner dance at Eaglescliffe Golf Club on Saturday, 29 October 2016.

Posted on 16/10/2016

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Leicestershire Safeguarding Children's Board

Leicestershire Safeguarding Children's Board

Safeguarding children

Leicestershire Safeguarding Children's Board Questionnaire
Do you work with children, young people and families?
Are you within the Voluntary/ Community Sector?
Is safeguarding children high on your agenda?

Children’s Safeguarding is Everyones Business – Have your say
The Children, Young People and Families team at VAL have been commissioned by Leicestershire and Rutland LSCB to conduct a survey of the VCS to identify the learning and development needs of groups working with children, young people and families.

The Leicestershire Safeguarding Children's Board would like to hear your feedback around safeguarding issues, training and development.
The questionnaire is NOW AVAILABLE to complete online (this should only take 5-7 minutes to complete). Your answers will help the LSCB understand the needs of the voluntary/ community sector & how they can support best practice for people working with children, young people and families in Leicestershire & Rutland.

complete the questionnaire here online with Survey Monkey (5-7 minutes): /r/LSCBquestionnaire

Quarterly and yearly reports can be found on our website along with FREE courses for Safeguarding information at:

For further information contact:

See Children's Safeguarding letter here

Posted on 06/10/2015

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