Top Tips For Home Learning
Here is some motivation and advice from the staff at Culverhill School for all of our families during this current lockdown:
- Learn to say ‘I don’t know’ – Remember you are parents and not teachers! Google questions when you get chance! You are not being judged by the school or by Ofsted!
- Remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect – If you are having a particularly challenging day, just leave your child to complete the tasks (even with mistakes) this may even be helpful, for the teacher to assess areas of improvement.
- Kids don’t concentrate for long! – You may have been alarmed at what limited concentration your child has. This is normal for young people, try to chunk information, feel free to break a task up and even move on if it’s too tricky. Taking a mini break can sometimes be the key to success: run laps around the living room or try a “Go Noodle” or just go for a walk.
- Young people need to experience success- If a task has been set and it’s too difficult for them, try and simplify or attempt something else. They need to feel like they are making progress!
- Use incentives, rather than threats or punishments! – This is probably the hardest thing to do. It is so easy when you feel frustrated to say “You won’t get a go on the Playstation if you don’t complete this work!” Try to use an incentive and masses of praise to get them motivated- It will help to keep a positive atmosphere in the house. Many parents have made reward charts!
- This is not going to be forever! – In the midst of the stress, the arguments, the repetitive ‘being-at-home-feeling!’ We must all remember that this will come to an end, parenting will become ‘normal’ parenting again! Who knows? You may even miss them!
Culverhill School would like to say how fantastic you all are! You are doing a great job!
Please keep communicating with your child’s staff team on Seesaw messages, through weekly phone calls and TEAMS meetings about you and your child’s well being.
The staff at Culverhill School cannot wait to welcome your children back when it is safe to do this!
Mental health and wellbeing during Home Schooling:
Some children and young people may be experiencing feelings such as anxiety, stress or low mood as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the recent change in circumstances.
Schools and colleges will continue to offer pastoral support to pupils working remotely. There are also online resources available to help you and your child with mental health and wellbeing, including:
- www.minded.org.uk/ Mind Ed, a free educational resource from Health Education England on children and young people’s mental health
- riseabove.org.uk/ Rise Above, which aims to build resilience and support good mental health in young people aged 10 to 16
- www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/ Every Mind Matters, which includes an online tool and email journey to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing
- www.childbereavementuk.org/ www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/ Bereavement UK and the Childhood Bereavement Network, provide information and resources to support bereaved pupils, schools and staff
Public Health England's advice and guidance for parents and professionals on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing includes key actions you can take to support your child’s mental health and wellbeing, such as supporting safe ways to connect with friends.
Stay Fit and Healthy:
It also emphasises the importance of children continuing to remain fit and active and, wherever possible, having the 60 minutes of daily physical activity, recommended by the Chief Medical Officers. Further advice and support to help pupils remain physically active are available from Youth Sport Trust and Sport England. www.sportengland.org/
The Department for Education has put together some useful links and sources of support so that children, parents, carers, and school staff can get the advice and help they need. https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2021/02/01/mental-health-resources-for-children-parents-carers-and-school-staff/
Where further support is required, NHS mental health services remain open, and they have digital tools to enable them to connect with people and provide ongoing support, so you should continue referring to your local children and young people’s mental health service when needed.
There is also a range of support directed at children and young people, including:
- free confidential support can be accessed anytime from government-backed voluntary and community sector organisations by:
- texting SHOUT to 85258
- calling Childline on 0800 1111
- calling the Mix on 0808 808 4994
- online information on COVID-19 and mental health is available on the Young Minds website
- Think Ninja (freely available and adapted for COVID-19) app educates 10-18 year olds about mental health, emotional wellbeing and provide skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well www.healios.org.uk/services/thinkninja1
- Rise Above (adapted for COVID-19) website aims to build resilience and support good mental health in young people aged 10 to 16 https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/topics/mental-wellbeing/overview
Barnardo’s See, Hear, Respond service, provides support to children, young people and their families who aren’t currently seeing a social worker or other agency, and who are struggling to cope with the emotional impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). You can access via the ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service self-referral webpage here: www.barnardos.org.uk/c19 or Freephone 0800 151 7015.
It is also vital to report any safeguarding concerns you have about any child. Contact the NSPCC helpline. www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/reporting-abuse/dedicated-helplines/