Homeschooling during COVID-19: How one family is doing it

This guide contains plenty of helpful information such as:

  • Useful tips and ideas for parents homeschooling their children during the COVID-19 lockdown.
  • Written by Emma Bradley, a qualified teacher, and mum of three, the blog is full of details from her personal experience – a great source of inspiration for other parents.
  • Advice on a range of topics; including how to structure the day, how to give children a choice in what they do, how to give teens a sense of purpose, and how to make learning fun.
  • Advice on supporting your teen’s mental health during the lockdown.

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Practical Materials for Primary and Secondary Schools launched to train staff about teaching mental wellbeing.

Although not specifically about COVID-19, it may help staff to manage the impact of the outbreak on pupil wellbeing and mental health.

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Looking after children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak

For a variety of tips and advice for looking after the mental health of children and young people, visit EveryMindMatters

If you’re worried about a child’s wellbeing, you can contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk.

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A guide for children aged under 10 has been produced by the NHS

It includes information about explaining the Coronavirus to young children, how to stay active at home and mental health resources.

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What parents and carers need to know about schools and education during the coronavirus outbreak

Updated 11th May 2020

Information for parents and carers about the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges, transport, attendance, free school meals and remote education.

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New major package to support online learning

Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, announces that vulnerable and disadvantaged young people across the country will receive free laptops to make remote education accessible for pupils staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

This week (Monday 20 April) the BBC is launching its own education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and some of the best teachers – helping to keep children learning and supporting parents.

This is alongside new guidance published Sunday 19 April for parents on how best to support their child’s education and development.

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OnlineSafetyAtHome

Every fortnight @ClickCEOP are sharing new OnlineSafetyAtHome activity packs for primary and secondary age children on their parents/carers site. For fun, age-appropriate activities you can do with your child to help keep them safe online whilst they are off school, download the most recent packs here https://buff.ly/2XT1rWM

Online safety at home

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ThinkNinja

ThinkNinja is an app specifically designed to educate 10-18 year olds about mental health, emotional wellbeing and to provide skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well.

Think Ninja app

Before coronavirus, ThinkNinja was a commissioned service only, made available in parts of the country through the NHS, schools, local authorities as well as charities working with young people.  Access was then provided to all children and young people aged 10-18 years old via an access code.

DURING THE CORONAVIRUS, ThinkNinja IS NOW FREELY AVAILABLE TO ALL.

The new content is designed to bring self-help knowledge and skills to children and young people (10-18 years old) who maybe experiencing increased anxiety and stress during this time. An increase in usage from those already accessing the App was highlighted in March, which was a significant indication that young people were worried about the virus.

Valentina (15), one of our young volunteers, took it upon herself to try out ‘Think Ninja’ for two weeks, to which she has provided an honest and reliable review of the app.

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Bedfordshire Community Health Services

Bedfordshire Community Health Services have created a new website page for their Bedfordshire Services, and all the latest information regarding these services, during this outbreak, click on this link.

CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Bedfordshire Community Health Services have a centralised single point of access number for all Bedfordshire children’s services: 0300 555 0606.

The only exceptions to this are:

  • Community nursing and continuing care services: 01234 310103
  • Nutrition and dietetics service (for children and adults): 01582 707400
  • Parentline, our confidential text message service connecting parents and health visitors, will continue to be available to text on 07507 331456
  • ChatHealth, the confidential text messaging service for 11-19 year olds will continue to be available to text on 07507 331450

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Information for children

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust have produced a fact sheet to help children understand what Coronavirus is, the importance of hand washing and how to help stop the virus spreading.

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How are charities and other organisations helping us during the Covid-19 Pandemic?