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CALL FOR COVID-CLEANING HEROES NOMINATIONS ACROSS EDUCATION SECTOR

  • With many workers going the extra mile to keep us safe during the latest lockdown, GAMA Healthcare launches search to find the nation’s Cleaning Heroes –
  • £12,000 prize fund –

 

With the third lockdown upon us, a leading British business is supporting those on the frontline who are helping suppress the spread of the virus through cleaning.  GAMA Healthcare, Britain’s leading supplier of disinfectant wipes and infection prevention training to the NHS, has launched the Cleaning Heroes award to recognise and reward workers who have taken on cleaning responsibilities. While many of us stay at home, many thousands of workers are playing a vital role in limiting the transmission of COVID-19 by maintaining high hygiene standards. 

 

This year teachers and school staff have gone the extra mile to keep us safe, working overtime to ensure our kids can get back to school and taking on new roles to keep their classrooms clean.

 

With 64% of people more concerned about cleaning practices than before the pandemic, learning organisations are relying on staff to take on cleaning duties more than ever as we face this next wave of lockdown. Many employees have had to learn new skills in infection prevention cleaning, and with data suggesting the new strain of the virus is 70% more transmissible, keeping cleaning standards high is essential to keep us safe.

 

The search by GAMA Healthcare will look for the best workers who have taken on cleaning responsibilities to keep us safe over the past year, from sectors including travel and transport, delivery drivers, schools, community healthcare, supermarkets and hospitality. Those people who are helping to provide and maintain clean, sanitised and safe environments for the rest of the country.

 

People who are benefiting from this huge effort to keep the country clean, are being encouraged to enter someone they know who is working to help suppress the virus through cleaning. A winner will be decided by an expert in infection prevention at GAMA Healthcare and chosen from each region across the UK, with a prize of £1,000 per person. Running from the 11th – 31st January 2021, entries should be submitted via the GAMA website (https://gamahealthcare.com/clinell-cleaning-heroes), with entrants given the opportunity to say why the nominee should be chosen as a winner.

 

Dr Guy Braverman Managing Director & Co-Founder of GAMA Healthcare says: 

 

“The world has changed and COVID-19 has made us all more aware of how easily viruses can spread and the importance of infection prevention through effective cleaning techniques. We’re calling for businesses, business groups, professional associations and individuals to get in touch and nominate someone who has gone above and beyond to ensure standards of cleanliness are in place to keep the services we rely on operational. Improving surface hygiene is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of infection and protect employees and customers. We’ve got a wealth of products, training and awareness building skills – honed through years of supporting the NHS and we are proud to recognise the workers who have become Cleaning Heroes in the fight against COVID-19.”

 

Huge numbers turn to the BBC as Lockdown Learning begins

Children, parents and teachers turned to the BBC in their droves yesterday for the launch of Lockdown Learning.

On TV, Lockdown Learning on CBBC saw the slot average (0900-1200) increase by an incredible 436% (age 4+) while BBC Two saw an increase of 29% (1300-1500). Both channels were compared to their slot averages of each Monday over the last 52 weeks.

Yesterday, Bitesize Daily episodes on BBC iPlayer were requested 275k times, 12% more requests than on launch day in April 2020, whilst Bitesize online attracted an amazing 1.6m unique visitors.

Patricia Hidalgo, Director of BBC Children’s and Education, says: “These extraordinary numbers prove that people continue to turn to the BBC in times of need. We’re thrilled to be supporting so many families and teachers across the UK with our curriculum based and edutainment content on-air and online.”

Lockdown Learning sees the BBC’s biggest ever educational offering now reaching more kids across more platforms. On CBBC, viewers can watch Bitesize Daily Primary from 9am-10am, followed by edutainment shows including, Horrible Histories, Art Ninja, Our School, Operation Ouch and Celebrity Supply Teacher up to midday.

Over on BBC Two, the channel is supporting Secondary school curriculums with episodes of Bitesize Daily Secondary complemented by Shakespeare and classic drama adaptations alongside science, history and factual titles from the BBC’s award-winning factual programming units. This week students can enjoy Professor Brian Cox’s: The Planets.

This TV offer sits alongside a wealth of online content which parents, children and teachers can access when and where they need.
Please click here for more information on Lockdown Learning.

Curriculum relevant, and native language educational content for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is available on BBC Bitesize, with educational programming also available every morning at 10am on BBC Scotland.

Schools lockdown: statement from Cambridge Primary Education Trust

Statement from the Lesley Birch, CEO/Executive Principal at Cambridge Primary Education Trust, on the national lockdown and provision at their schools.

 

“We are once again faced with the desperately sad news that we are having to close our schools to the majority of Cambridge Primary Education Trust (CPET) pupils as the country is placed in a national lockdown. All our schools are closed today (5th January 2021), but will re-open tomorrow (6th January 2021) for some children as detailed in the Government guidelines.  

 

For those children unable to attend school due to new restrictions, we will be offering remote learning from tomorrow. As part of the offer, we will be using Microsoft Teams. Parents have received information about how to access this and each child has been given their log-in details. We will provide further communication regarding home learning and other procedures via each school. 

 

For those in school, the protection of pupils, colleagues and their families remains our single most important priority. Throughout this pandemic we have regularly updated our Trust-wide risk assessment that is personalised for each school and shared this with Trustees and School Advisory Boards. Clearly procedures for children or adults who show Covid-19 symptoms will continue to be strict, as are quarantine guidelines. 

 

We have prepared for this scenario. Having had to deliver remote learning during the last year, we have reviewed and reflected on what works and will continue to do so to enable us to offer a high standard of learning tasks to all our children. Clearly we have had to implement this plan at very short notice, and our staff have been working hard to do so since the formal announcement was made last night. I would like to thank them for once again stepping up and doing what they always do – putting the children first. 

 

I would also like to thank parents and carers for their continued support and understanding in these difficult times.”