We continue to offer pastoral education as well as academic support for our students in these difficult times.
Our plans are focused on how we can offer excellent care during the period of home working. This will undoubtedly evolve over time in light of our experience. Below is a summary of what we will have in place for the start of the Lent term:
- Separate help packs for pupils, parents and staff with a range of resources;
- Links to helpful online pastoral resources for pupils, parents and staff;
- Sections on Firefly and our website (in case Firefly is not working) with the above and our Chaplain’s podcasts;
- A reminder to all pupils that the peer mentoring service is still available and with a list of peer mentors and their school email addresses;
- A reminder that pupils can still see the school counsellors via Skype/Teams. Counsellors will be in contact with their current clients and we will write to parents to explain how to request counselling for a pupil who has not yet received it.
Tutors will establish regular contact with their tutees from the start of the Lent term:
Each tutee will be asked to be a buddy with someone else in the tutor group. Tutors will help advise on this. These pairs will be encouraged to keep in regular contact with each other e.g. FaceTime/e-mail/social media.
There will be a live online tutor period (technology permitting) between 8.30am and 9am twice a week during term-time for tutor groups, during which time the tutor can pass on tips, field questions and maintain morale. These tutorials could be held on the normal tutor period days, or different days by arrangement with the tutor. This could be via Teams. Alternatively, an e-mail group will be established with e-mails being sent between 8.30-9am and inviting tutees to ask questions via ‘Reply to all’.
Other strategies to support our pupils pastorally in the coming weeks/months will be unveiled. Housemasters and Heads of Year will also be providing excellent pastoral support and are leading on the communications with parents.
Useful websites and resources:
- COVID19 Advice for Parents and Carers Open PDF (5MB)
- Mentally Healthy Schools Go to website
- Mental Health Go to website
- Young Minds (mental health charity) Go to website or text YM to 85258
- Anna Freud Youth centre Go to website
- Anxiety UK Go to website
- Mind Go to website
- UK Safer Internet Centre (E-safety) Go to website
- NHS Go to website
- Child bereavement Go to website
- Cruse bereavement Go to website
- Unicef Go to website
- Place2be Go to website
- Asthma.org Go to website
- Virtual college
- Young Minds
Useful telephone numbers:
- Public Health Wales 029-2022-7744
- Mental Health Helpline (24/7, Wales) 0800 132 737 (free) or text 81066
- NHS 111 online 111
- Shout Crisis Text Line – 85258 (find out more below)
- Anxiety UK 03444 775774