support for parents
The Oaks Academy believe that our students do best when they are supported by their family. Hopefully this page may help you to support your child and your families education and well being.
The DFE have jointly published new guidance with the Home Office, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and Public Health England on keeping children safe from abuse and harm. This guidance brings together sources of information about the main risks children may be vulnerable to during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and signposts you to help and support available.
The guidance can be found here:
Help to Support your Child
Children can achieve well at school when their family and friends take an interest in their school and schoolwork. Getting involved in your child’s education, even in the simplest way, shows that you care about their school life. Often, the more supported a child feels at home, the more effectively she or he will learn at school. Whatever your lifestyle, or family situation, it is never too soon (or too late) to start helping a child develop a positive attitude towards learning.
Below you will find links to information you may find useful to support you and your family in their learning and much more.
Mental Health Resources
YP Mental Wellbeing in Pan Cheshire
This week intel has been shared by CAMHS in Pan Cheshire highlighting that the key covid-19 impact to wellbeing for young people is in relation to anxiety and separation anxiety.
The NSPCC has an extensive page of resources which can help parents and carers to support children and young people who may be suffering from anxiety during this period.
This blog highlights key messages about loneliness and social connection, looks at how they can be applied to social care practice and contains access to useful resources.
Think Ninja App – Free during Covid-19
The Think Ninja App is a commissioned child mental wellbeing app. In response to Covid-19 the app has been updated with specific content and made freely available to young people aged 10—18 years old.
Regardless of their age, this may be a difficult time for children and young people. Some may react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty later on.
How a child or young person reacts can vary according to their age, how they understand information and communicate, their previous experiences, and how they typically cope with stress. Negative reactions may include worrying thoughts about their health or that of family and friends, fear, avoidance, problems sleeping, or physical symptoms such as stomach ache.
During this time, it’s important that you take care of your family’s mental health – there are lots of things you can do, and support is available if you need it.
Children may respond to stress in different ways such as being more clingy, anxious, withdrawing, angry or agitated, bedwetting etc. Respond to your child’s reactions in a supportive way, listen to their concerns and give them extra love and attention.
The NSPCC has created an information and advice resource for parents/careers of young people with anxiety about Coronavirus.
Visyon is a charity that supports the emotional health of children, young people and their families in the Cheshire and Staffordshire moorlands areas.
If you are a child or young person, Visyon can help you improve your mental health so that you feel better about yourself and the things that happen in your day-to-day life. If you are a parent, grandparent or carer, you can come to us to gain the skills to give your child the support they need.
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has recognised this is a worrying time for children and their families and in response has published some useful COVID-19 resources for parents and carers on its website. This includes a poster providing advice to parents/carers about what to do if their child is unwell, or injured, whilst we are being asked to stay at home as a result of the coronavirus.
Click above to visit their website
The following information/links will help you to ensure your child works safely online.
Net Aware, produced by O2 and NSPCC, is a guide for parents to 39 of the most popular sites, apps and games that young people use. Using reviews from adults and children, it helps parents decide if a site is right for their child, if it’s age appropriate and explores what risks they might encounter, enabling parents or professionals to help keep their children safe online. The NSPCC have just launched a refreshed Net Aware site.
Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
Working from Home
At present many parents will be juggling childcare with working from home. Top tips for parents working from home:
The information below is aimed towards students but it would really help them if you could assist them in creating good home working environment.
Create a study area
Although you may be competing with others in your household, try to mark out a work space. Set boundaries with others. If your study space is now the kitchen table, try to get an agreement that it is yours for a set time period.
Plan your day
Set yourself a plan for the day. Look at the lessons you have that day but be realistic about what you do at what time. For example it might be better to complete more academic subjects in the morning and save practical tasks for the afternoon. Recognise that different tasks require different levels of concentration. Watching a video can be easier than reading a complex text and taking notes. Divide your work in to manageable time slots and take proper breaks.You do not have to stick to the school times of the day. You might wish to work in smaller chunks of half an hour – 40 minutes per subject
9.30 – 10am Reading
10 – 10.30am Maths
10.45 – 11am Break
11 – 11.30am English
11.30 – 12pm Spanish
12 – 1pm Lunch
1 – 1.30pm PE
1.30 – 2.15pm Art
2.15 – 3pm Well being task
Although you may miss school and socialising in person, reaching out and connecting with staff and other students can maintain a sense of community. Email your teachers and form tutors if you require support or to share the work you have been doing. We love seeing what you have been up to.
Reach out for help
Not everyone has access to a laptop and reliable wifi. Some students are relying on mobile data to connect to their online lessons and many are missing physical resources such as art materials. We are trying our hardest to make sure that the tasks that we set can be accessed by the vast majority of our students, but get in touch with us if you are struggling
Well being tasks
These tasks are designed to support learning in a different way. It’s important to continue to connect with those in our households, friends and family members we can no longer go and see. Why not try some of the tasks below, we will aim to update these regularly to give your more ideas.
- Make a story jar. You need to fill a jar with the names of different places, objects, people and situations. Take it in turn to pick out 4 pieces of paper and have to write a story using them, or ask a relative to write the story and then read it to them.
- Make a memory jar. For each day of lock down, each member of the family write down something they have done that has made them happy. Place in the jar then when lockdown is over spend the night as a family reading all the memories.
- As well as rainbows in the window add a teddy bear. Local children are also doing bear hunts
- Make a treasure hunt with clues for all the family around the house and garden.
- Choose a country from around the world – maybe one you are studying in Geography. Look up a recipe from that country and cook it for the family.
- Go to websitesfor different museums and galleries , they have lots of fun activities to do at home.
- An enterprising idea – Think about an idea for an enterprise that would work during these times. There are lots of ideas on social media where small businesses have adapted what they do to try and help the community and/or keep their business running. Try and think of something that hasn’t been done yet – Blue Sky Thinking! Think outside the box!
- Complete an inventor scavenger hunt – Find something you can turn, something that is bumpy, something metal, something you put together, 3 round things, something you can twist, something shiny, something you can roll, a tube, 3 squishy things, something clear, something you can bounce. Who can do it in the quickest time!
- Design an exercise routine for my family and show them how to do this; make a training circuit around the house or garden. At each station, complete a different exercise for 30 seconds (think dance moves, stretching activities and circuit training activities used in PE lessons.)
- Play the Alphabet Game. Choose a few categories (for example, an animal, a country, a fruit, girl’s name, boy’s name) and go through the alphabet, thinking of an example that begins with every letter. Some of the letters are quite tricky. For example – A – albatross, America, apple, Alice, Alex.
- Design a new waist-coat for Gareth Southgate for Euro 2021. This can be on a computer or on paper.
- Research, plan and deliver a meditation / tai-chi / mindfulness / yoga session for your family.
- Draw or paint a landscape picture (showing the view out of your window / a fantasy land).
- Think about your favourite book and design a new cover for it.
- Plan the menu for the family meals for the week , can you stick to a budget?
- Write a letter or email to a relative that you cannot see, telling them what you have been learning and how you are filling your time.
- Take part in the weekly photography challenge
- Take a daily walk with your family – can you spot the rainbows in windows?
Suggestions to support home learning
Music to Study to
Please visit the Young Addaction Pan Cheshire social media pages for daily updates, resources, tips and support
Some of these external sites may be able to help you during this time.
CEOP is a well known and valuable child exploitation resource bank. Given current circumstances they are releasing a new activity pack every 2 weeks to support parents to deliver online safety activities with children at a time when they will be spending more time online at home.
The BBC has launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents. BBC Bitesize can be accessed here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
We’ve not only created home learning and school closure packs, but have also introduced an offer for all of them to be completely free. Whether you’re a teacher, parent or home educator we’ve put together a simple, step-by-step guide about this offer of help, for you to use. https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/covid19-school-closures
Life can be tough, but please don’t feel like you’re alone! If you need help with please reach out, we may be able to help or at least point you in the right direction.
If you need help with any of the following you may find the resources on our safeguarding centre helpful.
- Domestic violence
- Internet Safety
- Mental Health Support
You can also find out about our safeguarding team and how to contact them.
If you need help finding a local food bank, please visit the Cheshire East Live Well page https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/livewell/livewell.aspx
If you need a referal to a food bank, please contact school or e-mail Mrs Smith directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
Domestic abuse comes in many shapes and sizes. It involves any kind of behaviour that hurts people who are in a relationship or part of a family – from put downs and belittling, through to physical and sexual harm. Abuse or the threat of harm is often used to control or force people to do/not do certain things or stay in a relationship that they feel isn’t good for them. If you need further support about domestic abuse please click the link.