Support for Parents and Carers

Being a parent of a secondary school student can be a challenge – your child is growing and changing quickly, building their independence and learning new things every day.  They still need lots of support, but they are developing into the independent adults that they will become all too soon. Here we detail some of the things that you can do to support your child, and things that we can do to support you.

You are the most powerful influence in your children’s lives and as such we welcome the importance of working very closely with you.

For information or advice on any aspect of supporting your child through secondary school, or any worries you have about your child, please contact Mrs Evason, e-mail s.evason@manchesterhealthacademy.org.uk or telephone 07980 402 466.

Maintaining good routines

Your child will need to develop their organisation skills, as they have more things that they will need to be responsible for than they did at primary school.  A calm, positive start and end to the day will make a huge difference for them and the rest of the family.

Tips for staying on track every day:

  • Encourage your child to pack their bag and lay out their uniform each evening ready for the next day.
  • Try to have a healthy breakfast, either at home or your child is welcome to attend our daily free breakfast club
  • Work out what time your child needs to leave to give them plenty of time to get to school – factor in a little extra to allow for transport delays. Registration/form time is a time where we share important notices and other information with students, so it is very important to be here on time.
  • Check your child’s planner and ask if they have any notices/forms each evening.

Do you need a boost?

FREE six week course to improve your wellbeing.  Day and evening sessions available.

Our Boost course is all about building positive relationships and helping you to meet the challenges that parenting teenagers brings.  It is friendly, non-judgemental and low-key.   To find out if this course might be just the thing for you, please contact Mrs Evason, e-mail s.evason@manchesterhealthacademy.org.uk or telephone 07980 402 466,  with no obligation.

  • Understand yourself more
  • Manage stress better
  • Raise your self-esteem
  • Improve communication
  • Recognise and challenge negative thoughts

Parents/carers who have attended this course say:

“I’ve become more determined and confident to meet people and socialise”

“This course was so well run, I always felt welcome and as though I contributed”

“The course has made me feel positive and pushed me to make my future become the future I want it to be”

“The course was fantastic, I’ve made new friends which has been lovely”

“I enjoyed the course so much I want to come on the next one”

Help Available to Parents/Carers

We have a wide range of people available to help parents and carers with any issues they may have.  Please ring the Academy Office to request an appointment.

  • Form Tutor – your first point of contact for all routine issues and concerns
  • Assistant Principal – issues concerning attendance, behaviour and uniform
  • Welfare Co-ordinator (formerly Year Leader) – support for students and parents, routine issues and concerns
  • School Nurse – any medical issues and concerns
  • Curriculum Leader – subject-specific information or concerns
  • Attendance Officer – support for students, parents/carers and teachers in matters of attendance
  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator – support for children with special learning needs
  • Behaviour Team – support to help students overcome difficulties with their learning and to provide support and guidance
  • Principal – for issues not resolved satisfactorily after all other channels have been explored

Supporting your child’s learning

Starting conversations with your child about what they are reading and studying, and talking to them about books that you may be reading is a good way to show your child that you are interested, and to keep up with what they are learning.

Keeping up with current affairs is another good way to introduce conversations that may well link to school work.

Tying in visits to a museum or exhibition links to your child’s school work is a fantastic way to deepen their knowledge and to show them that learning can be an enjoyable activity.

Supporting your child with homework

Your child will need to work more independently at secondary school than they did at primary, but your support and encouragement can make a real difference to their achievement.  Helping your child to organise their homework, encouraging reading and talking to your child about what homework they have to do provides an opportunity for you to be engaged with what they are learning at school.  See the homework page for more information about the homework we set at the Academy.

Supporting your child with exam revision

Exam time can be stressful – your support as a parent/carer can make a real difference to you child as they work through revision and sit their exams.

We recently held a revision workshop for all parents and this presentation may help you to organise your child.  Parent forum revision workshop – April 2017.

This information may help you to reduce the stress of exams Exams and Stress.

Keeping Your Child Safe

Travelling to and from school

Please ensure your child is aware of traffic and stranger dangers especially if they are travelling to the Academy on a bicycle or on foot.  We also advise students not to wear headphones to and from the Academy as this can be a distraction to outside noises.  It is a good idea to walk with other students where possible.

Metrolink

The trams run every 12 minutes outside the Academy.  Please remind your child to remain safe near tram lines and overhead electricity cables.  It is especially busy in the morning and afternoon with children either arriving or leaving.  We ask parents are also extra vigilant when dropping or picking up.  Once students return in September there will be a number of assemblies from Metrolink staff on safety near tram lines and overhead cables.

E-Safety and Social Media

As your child moves up to secondary school they will be exposed to an increasing number of social media and websites.  It is important that both of you understand how to stay safe online.

Talk to your child before they start in Year 7 about social media if you haven’t already.  As in real life, the people that they meet in the first few days may not turn out to be their closest friends later on, so encourage them to keep their details personal until they get to know fellow students better – this will help to avoid social conflict arising.

Please be aware of the age restrictions for sites that your child uses:

Age 18 (or 13 with parent’s permission): YouTube, Flickr, Keek

Age 16: Whatsapp

Age 13: Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Reddit, Tumblr, Google+, Pinterest

The NSPCC website (link) has some very useful information about online safety, and their Be Share Aware(link) page is worth looking at.  The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (link) also gives good advice, and is the place to go if your child experiences anything untoward online.

5 top tips for safer social networking from the CEOP website:

If you use social networks always think about who can see the things you post and what they reveal about you.

Know who your friends are.

It’s really tempting to accept as many friend requests or follows as possible. It can make us feel popular. But remember, they could be anyone. Do you really want them seeing your pictures, videos or comments?

Share with care.

Once you’ve put something online you’ve lost control of it – it can be copied, shared or edited. It could turn up anywhere. You might be happy showing a funny picture to your friends but would you want your parents or teachers to see it?

Use privacy settings.

Most social networks let you limit what you share to friends or followers you’ve OKed. It’s always a good idea to only let people you know and trust see your stuff. Learn how to use privacy settings and how to block people who are bothering you.

Know how to report.

Most social networks let you report to them if you have a problem on their site. So if someone’s shared an embarrassing picture or is being nasty to you, you need to know how to get help. Learn how to report on any site or app you use by visiting their ‘safety’ pages. Find the Safety pages of popular sites

Know how to get help.

If you feel someone’s bullying you on a social network you should talk to an adult you trust, or, if you’d rather speak to someone you can call Childline on 0800 1111. If someone’s being weird or making you feel uncomfortable, talking about sex or asking you to do things you don’t want to do you should report to CEOP, whatever may have happened CEOP will understand or you call call the police on the non-emergency 101 number. You won’t be in trouble. Here is their website for further details https://ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

 

If there is anything you are unsure about or would like to talk about regarding your child’s e-safety, please feel free to call the Pastoral Team at the Academy.

Parent Forum

The Parent Forum group aims to improve communication and promote a strong partnership between the Academy and our parents/carers.  Meeting once every half term, all parents and carers are encouraged to join, see more details here.