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If you don't have a security lockdown procedure, you can adapt our template.
Talk to pupils both before and after a drill
Before the drill
Talking to pupils before a lockdown drill will help you manage any anxiety they may feel.
You can do this in an assembly, or ask teachers to talk to their own classes.
It allows them to discuss a security lockdown in a familiar environment for pupils Pupils may feel more comfortable asking questions (about lockdown or the reasons for it) with staff they're more familiar with Staff can show pupils what they'll need to do, rather than tell them Staff can tailor the way they discuss the drill based on the pupils they have in their classes (for instance,