Safeguarding & Wellbeing 25.03.2020

As part of our commitment to keep all students safe, staff are making contact with each student at Kingsbridge Community College in order to ensure that: 1. They are well. 2. That they are able to access work remotely from home.

Below you’ll find information that may help you to support students in managing their wellbeing and promoting positive mental health. We appreciate that this is a difficult situation for the entire nation and that some families will have a particularly challenging time due to their circumstances. Please get in touch if there’s anything that we can do.

Today, all students have been issued with three resources that I’ve also attached to this email.

1. Wellbeing Advice – This has been collated by Mrs Joyce and Ms Tully and is full of activities, suggestions and places to go for help in managing any mental health difficulties that students may face.

2. Living Life to the Full – This is an incredible online programme that is free of charge and is designed to help young people develop resilience and positivity. It’s a series of sessions all based around principles found in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and helps young people to understand the link between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Students need a code to log in and that’s provided on the attachment. The login is only for KCC students, it must not be shared with other students from outside of the college as we will not have enough logins for our students.

3. Safeguarding Cards – Students who were able to attend college last week would have been given a hard copy of this card. It may well be the case that students were already absent at this point so they’ve now got an electronic copy. It has some key contact details on it that may be useful. Please use your son/daughter’s tutor and Year Leader as the first port of call with any issues with remotely access work or any general concerns. If you’re concerns are of a Safeguarding nature though, please contact myself or Jo Stevens.

Online Safety & Social Media: It’s also worth pointing out that during periods of social-distancing, students are likely to be even more active online and in particular on social media. You’ll be able to find lots of information online about healthy internet use for young people. The three places below though are well regarded as the ‘best’ and most up to date: https://swgfl.org.uk/resources/online-safety-guidance-for-parents/ https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/ https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers

Work and Wellbeing: All staff have a driven aspiration to not allow the current period of school closures and remote learning to lead to any educational disadvantage in the future. Teachers are therefore working hard to aim to set a level of work that is challenging and manageable. This is much more difficult for teachers when we don’t have students in the classroom with us. As previously communicated, students should complete 5 hours of work for the lessons that they have timetabled each day. If any task is taking too long, or if you see that students are struggling with tasks set, please ask them to make communication via email (or by adding a comment on SMHW) for some additional help and support from the relevant teacher. We do not want students to become upset or anxious due to finding their work overwhelming. Please help us to help them by making sure that students are being open and honest about the work that they are able to complete. I know that there have been some issues with students uploading their work back to their teachers via SMHW. This will be resolved so that students can upload all work completed so far under the next post for each subject. We will not be setting any additional work over the Easter holidays.

Please pass on our thanks to all students who are doing their duty and self-isolating. It’s vital that they realise that staying home saves lives.

Many thanks for your support of your children and also for supporting their teachers.

Mr Crocker Assistant Principal – Quality of Education & Designated Safeguarding Lead