COVID-19: UPDATE

Autumn 2020

Our team has given considerable thought to how Freshwater can continue to deliver its engaging and interactive drama workshops.

Our aim is to create a safe experience for everyone involved. We recognise that schools have a fundamental duty of care towards their pupils and staff and we will do all we can to support you in this, whilst also ensuring that our facilitators can work safely.

Read some of our frequently asked questions below. 

We appreciate some schools are unable to welcome any visitors at this time. We recommend exploring our online workshops if you're still looking for a way to bring workshops to your school.

 

FAQs

  • We would love a workshop. Are you able to visit?
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    Of course! We are ready and raring to go, with adapted, COVID-safe sessions, and wonderful facilitators who can’t wait to get back into schools and do what they do best: deliver fun, interactive drama workshops.

  • Are you taking safety precautions with workshops?
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    We have put measures in place, based on Government guidance for Education, along with Government guidance for the Performing Arts. We are following a set of key principles:

    • Social distance
    • No prop sharing
    • Enhanced cleaning procedures
    • Enhanced hygiene/protective measures (incl visor)

    Further details will be sent out upon enquiry.

    Our aim is to create a safe workshop environment for children, teachers and facilitators alike. We want you to book with confidence, knowing your children can still enjoy the benefits of a Freshwater session.

  • And your facilitators?
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    Our facilitators are co-operating fully with the NHS Test and Trace scheme. If we have any concerns about the health of one of our facilitators, we will inform you immediately.

    Once in your school, they will be following the key principles and protocols we have set out.

  • Will it still feel like a Freshwater session?
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    Absolutely! We have adapted our workshop delivery to make sure they are COVID safe, whilst maintaining the educational, engaging, and fun nature of a Freshwater session. Some of the activities will look a little different, but we know the children (and teachers!) will have a learning experience they recognise and enjoy.

  • Do you have a risk assessment?
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    Yes. Our risk assessment has been conducted using Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance, and we continue to monitor government advice for safe working in education and the performing arts. In turn, our risk assessment helps us to make the best decisions when it comes to workshop delivery. A copy of our risk assessment is available on request.

  • Can we do it in the classroom?
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    Freshwater sessions work best in the school hall (or a similarly large space). A large, well-ventilated space is also the safest space for a workshop to take place at present.

    However, we appreciate this may not be possible right now. If this is the case, then we can usually adapt the session to be in a large, cleared classroom and we will work with you to find a way for the workshops to go ahead.

  • Can we book a Large Group session or a History Show?
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    Absolutely! Our Large Group workshops (incl MFL) and two person History Shows have been adapted to follow our COVID safe principles and the government guidelines. They are suitable for up to 120 children.

    If your school set up means you can’t have multiple classes together as one group, please get in touch: many of our large group sessions are also available in ‘standard’ formats, for groups of up to 30 children.

  • If we have a case of COVID-19, what do we do?
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    Get in touch! We will work out the best course of action- whether the scheduled visit is still possible, or if we need to postpone. These are unpredictable times for everyone, so we will work with you to find the best solution.

  • What is your cancellation policy?
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    If a confirmed booking is not able to go ahead due to a COVID outbreak or enforced closure we will work with you to find a new date.

    Ideally, we will reschedule to visit you as soon as it becomes safe to do so, but if you you need to postpone the booking longer, we simply ask you to reschedule or make a new booking within 12 months of the original date. For further details here, see our COVID CANCELLATION POLICY.

    If you are cancelling for any other reason, our usual T’s & C’s apply.

  • We have a ‘No Visitor’ policy. Are there other options?
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    Yes. We have taken some of our most popular in- person workshops, applied some artistic flair, and created online alternatives! Your KS1 classes could experience a live virtual visit from Florence Nightingale- asking questions about her life and helping to recreate Scutari Hospital. Or your KS2 children could take a journey back to the Stone Age with the Freshwater Time Traveller.

    Click here for more details or get in touch.

Related Information

Please contact us for any further information you require regarding the statments made.

For information on your current bookings, please see below or contact us directly.

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