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Parents

Calendar of Events

Letters to Parents

For all of the latest letters sent home to parents, please visit our letters page.

Accessing Homework

We use ShowMyHomework which allows both parents and students to track homework online. Visit https://helenswood.showmyhomework.co.uk for more information.

Tools to view homework files

eSafety

Download our eSafety for Parents booklet for lots of tips and tricks about keeping your children safe online.

What is my child doing online?

  • Socialising
  • Gaming
  • Talking to people
  • Sharing
  • Searching
  • Using a mobile phone

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Secondary/What-are-they-doing/

How do I talk to my child about what they're doing?

  • Let them teach you
  • Reach an agreement
  • Go to the movies

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Secondary/Conversation-Starters/

What risks might my child face?

  • Cyberbullying
  • Grooming
  • Inappropriate websites
  • Online reputation
  • Overuse / addiction
  • Viruses, hacking and security

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Secondary/Risks/

What tools are there to help keep my child safe?

  • Technical tools
  • Reporting tools
  • Education tools

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Secondary/Tools/

Internet Matters

Internet Matters is a non-profit organisation which offers a wide range of advice and support to parents of digitally-minded children. Information like:

  • Parental controls for broadband
  • Parental controls for mobile phones
  • Parental controls for games consoles
  • How to deal with online bullying

Extremism and Radicalisation

Following on from the issues in Birmingham, Ofsted are looking carefully at how schools are safeguarding children from extremism and radicalisation. Indicators of vulnerability include:

Identity

  • the student/pupil is distanced from their cultural /religious heritage and experiences;
  • discomfort about their place in society;
  • personal Crisis – the student/pupil may be experiencing family tensions;
  • a sense of isolation;
  • low self-esteem;
  • they may have dissociated from their existing friendship group and become involved with a new and different group of friends;
  • they may be searching for answers to questions about identity, faith and belonging.

Personal Circumstances

  • migration;
  • local community tensions; and
  • events affecting the student/pupil’s country or region of origin may contribute to a sense of grievance that is triggered by personal experience of racism or discrimination or aspects of Government policy

Unmet Aspirations

  • the student/pupil may have perceptions of injustice;
  • a feeling of failure;
  • rejection of civic life;

Experiences of Criminality

  • involvement with criminal groups
  • imprisonment; and
  • poor resettlement/reintegration on release

Special Educational Needs

  • social interaction
  • empathy with others
  • understanding the consequences of their actions; and
  • awareness of the motivations of others

More critical risk factors could include:

  • being in contact with extremist recruiters;
  • accessing violent extremist websites, especially those with a social networking element;
  • possessing or accessing violent extremist literature;
  • using extremist narratives and a global ideology to explain personal disadvantage;
  • justifying the use of violence to solve societal issues;
  • joining or seeking to join extremist organisations; and
  • significant changes to appearance and/or behaviour;
  • experiencing a high level of social isolation, resulting in issues of identity crisis and/or personal crisis.

Stonewall

Challenging homophobia and celebrating different families and role models in secondary schools, primary schools, colleges and universities through Stonewall's Education for All programme. Working with schools, national and local government, teachers, parents, carers and young people themselves to raise standards.

Download Staying Safe Online

Parents and carers

Many parents and carers have questions about homophobic bullying and about how best to support their children.

http://www.stonewall.org.uk/at_school/education_for_all/parents_and_carers/default.asp

Parent Handbook / Resources

Letters to parents

All Helenswood Academy letters to parents will be published in PDF or Word format at:

Further letters

Ofsted 2015