Helping Your Child
This page contains information to help parents to support their children academically and personally.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. - Benjamin Franklin
You can find out what your child is studying when at Key Stage 3 on our curriculum page, and you can find the dates for assessments at Key Stage 4 on our exams page. You can also view any homework set for your child in the Insight Portal so you can offer support with organisation, meeting deadlines and specific homework tasks.
When approaching exam times, we have a dedicated Revison Centre on our website with links to subject-specific tasks and resources. Each student also has a login for the SAM Learning platform which contains tasks and activities to support most of our curriculum, which students can complete independently for self-assessment.
If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others. - Tryon Edwards
The best support you can offer is talking to your children about what they have been learning, and asking them to explain it to you.
In order to develop a growth mindset in children, it's also important to think about the type of praise you use. Try to praise your children when they persist with challenging tasks, and praise the strategies and techniques they use rather than the outcome. This video explains more:
We have produced a guide for families called "Helping Your Child to Revise" which you can find by clicking this link.
Mobile Phones and Online Safety
Many mobile phones now let you go onto the internet at the touch of a button. This guide from Ofcom will show you how to find information to help keep children safe online when using a mobile phone. Parents should see the Think U Know website at https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/ for wider guidance on e-safety, or download this Advice about online bullying help sheet from the Anti-Bullying Alliance. Advice can also be obtained from:
Stop Cyberbullying: http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/
There is also a helpful online guide from Parents Protect called "What's the problem? A guide for parents and children who have got into trouble online".
Using Social Media
Social media should always be used with parental supervision and permission. The school's guidance on the use of social media is that users should remember that whatever is tweeted, put as a Facebook status, or addded as a comment is a published (i.e. public) statement. If you would not be happy to say in person what you are writing in social media, then don't publish! The following advice from Solihull police may be worth using as a rule of thumb:
“@solihullpolice: Sing like no one is listening, Dance like no one is watching, Tweet- only what you're happy to have read out in court!”— Portswood Police (@PortswoodPolice) December 9, 2012
For parents who want more information, this Parents' Guide to Facebook may be helpful. It includes information about managing privacy settings and responsible use of Facebook's services.
Talking to kids about alcohol
The Alcohol Education Trust have published a very useful booklet to help parents and carers discuss alcohol with their children. It contains very clear advice about approaches, at what age to start talking about alcohol, the law, units, peer pressure , how to recognise if your child is secretly drinking and so on.
Hard copies of the booklet are available from Mrs Pope or in reception, and can be downloaded from http://www.talkaboutalcohol.com/uploads/parentsguide.pdf
Reading at home
The English Department and the school library have published an updated recommended reading list. The list is by no means exhaustive, but could help point you in the direction of a good book! There are suggestions for all year groups - and maybe parents might enjoy some of them too? Download the reading list here.
Although the school's reading list is fantastic, there are also some great web resources to help you choose your holiday reading. Try this flow chart, or the brilliant Read It, Loved It website for more suggestions.
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one. - George R. R. Martin