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13/08/21

An amazing achievement from Harmyani Allison who achieved 6 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s and a D2. A true role model for other students, we wish her every success in the future. https://t.co/5olbyCN8lR

13/08/21

A fantastic set of results from Louis Vercaigne! 2 grade 9s, 4 grade 8s, 1 grade 7, 1 Distinction* and a grade 5 https://t.co/R2WHOpqcdE

13/08/21

"Students have achieved the best results in the school's history, which is a testament to the hard work of students & staff. Students have not had the Year 11 they imagined but can look forward proudly to a very bright future", Principal Jo Rainey https://t.co/WEkX4FmXfT

13/08/21

Really proud of Madeline Porter who achieved 4 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s, 1 grade 7 and a D*2 https://t.co/Nvv1koxKki

13/08/21

A brilliant set of results from Samantha, Qiao and Megan who have achieved a combined set of results of 13 grade 9s, 13 grade 8s, 1 grade 5 and a Distinction *. https://t.co/BFzKWlKI5N

13/08/21

Well done to Neel Ramjee who achieved 5 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s and 1 grade 5 in his GCSEs https://t.co/I5ou00CtI7

13/08/21

A huge well done to Theo Clements-Hay who achieved 5 grade 9s, 1 grade 8, 2 grade 7s and an M2 in his GCSEs https://t.co/qhqJfYBcCB

12/08/21

Great to see our students back today collecting results, with over 100 students enrolling at our successful . Congratulations to all! If you want high quality careers advice and pastoral care contact A.nutman.org.uk to find out more https://t.co/5oOO18rqqz

12/08/21

We offer a wide range of A-levels alongside vocational qualifications. Join us in September in our state of the art Sixth Form with Outstanding A level and vocational results above the national average. Come in today from 12pm or email a.nutman.org.uk https://t.co/USMhS7SW9P

12/08/21

Smiles from our students collecting their results this morning! Looking forward to supporting them with their next steps and welcoming many back to our thriving which achieved the highest progress in the Harris Federation in our most recent results https://t.co/TUACQemqaJ

12/08/21

Great to see our students coming in to collect their GCSEs. We're really proud of all their hard work and efforts and look forward to supporting them with their destinations https://t.co/vxA2arI5vq

11/08/21

A huge well done to Kacia Matthieu for achieving A* A* A* The best results ever in our school's history! We wish her every success studying Sociology at Loughborough University https://t.co/sPq3BmJJMB

10/08/21

Amazing results for Emily Fall who achieved A* A Distinction*. She will be studying Law at the University of Warwick. Congratulations! https://t.co/136MNUO7i8

10/08/21

Megan Kelly has achieved A, A*, Distinction* has secured employment with Aretian Wealth Management based in London. Congratulations https://t.co/UEld7LrFYP

10/08/21

A brilliant set of results from Max Costello gaining D*D*D* and going on to study Sports Science at the University of Greenwich https://t.co/dQcMQuslA1

10/08/21

Ronnie Young who achieved A*A* A and will be going on to read Mathematics at the University of York. What a great achievement! Well done https://t.co/U9U4QE0o37

10/08/21

Congratulations to Summer-Marie Sandy who achieved A* A Distinction* and will be going on to read Law with Philosophy at the University of Essex https://t.co/cYpl3ItE9C

10/08/21

Congratulations to Emma Burroughs who achieved A*A*A in her A-levels and will be going on to read Biosciences at Imperial College, London. Amazing results! https://t.co/SCrn7RvCln

13/07/21

Knowing what to do beyond post 16 can be both daunting & exciting. We’re preparing our new post 16 cohort with valuable insights about university and apprenticeships as part of our post 16 induction https://t.co/BNrwNO3UEp

13/07/21

Kicking off with a Career Ready Assembly on day 2 of our post 16 induction programme. It’s not too late to join in call 01708 852661 https://t.co/DeevNEb7L0

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Support for parents

Studies tell us that 99% of 13-17-year olds are in front of a screen for 20.5 hours per week.  With screens playing such an important role in not only education, but also contact with friends, how do we encourage our children to create a healthy screen-time balance?

Studies show that too much ‘screen time’ on any electronic device can have a direct impact on our mental health.

Here are some effective strategies for helping your children strike a healthy balance and look after their mental wellbeing;

  • Set limits on screen use for everyone in your house. This will differ for every family but set the limit and ensure everyone sticks to it. Once the time is up, no more screens until tomorrow!
  • Ensure the hour before bedtime is screen-free – this will ensure your child’s brain has time to “wind-down” before sleep
  • Avoid letting your child take their phone/tablet to bed with them (this is even a good tip for adults as well!). Find a communal place where all phones can be charged overnight
  • Build time into your child’s daily routine for non-screen activities. Reading, exercise, a walk, gardening, baking, board games… it can be anything just so long as it doesn’t involve a screen! If you just remove a child’s device with nothing to replace it, they will quickly become bored and even resentful, which can lead to a lot of resistance to stop the use of their device
  • Avoid letting your child have a screen during mealtimes. Use mealtimes as an opportunity to talk, communicate and catch up
  • Lead by example. If you expect your child to have screen-free time at meals or any other time – parents/carers/older siblings should follow the same rules. Each one of the tips above should also be applicable to adults in the family (wherever possible)

How do we effectively monitor our children’s use of screens and online material?

In many households, children are more tech savvy than adults. This can make it difficult for parents or carers to monitor what their children access online to ensure the content is always appropriate and to ultimately keep them safe.

Here are some helpful tips to help you with monitoring their online activity.

  • Wherever possible (and this might not be in busy households), ensure your child uses their device in a communal area. Could they set up a “workstation” at the kitchen table or in the dining room?
  • Stay engaged with what your child does online. The more you get involved and understand the things your child does online, the easier it is to gain respect and be influential in their digital world. Also, making screens part of family time, like a movie or an online games night, is one way to make it more inclusive and engaging
  • Use device settings on your child’s device to set time limits on certain apps. All consoles and some social platforms have in-built settings that allow you to set alerts to tell you when you’ve reached a certain amount of time on the platform and gives you a summary of time spent to support digital wellbeing
  • Set privacy and parental controls on your child’s device- a quick Google or YouTube search with the name of the device and ‘parental controls’ usually brings up useful information
  • If your child uses an app regularly and you are not aware of the content, download the app yourself or do a little investigation to check the content and features are age-appropriate. You can use these websites: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ or https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ which outline the content and features of every app available
  • If your child has a profile on a particular app, you can download the app yourself and add their profile. This will enable you to monitor who they ‘follow’ or who is ‘following’ them online, as well as monitor any content they post or have access to
  • Talk about the online risks with your child. Be open and honest about the online risks teens face so they feel confident to talk to you if they get into trouble online – don’t overreact – remember that the dialogue is important and you want them to come back to you the next time they need support
  • Be aware of the signs of screen-time overuse. Often a sign that a child is spending too much time in front of a screen is when they may feel anxiety or stress if they are disconnected or separated from their phone. Lack of sleep and exercise may be a sign they need to take a break from their device
  • Make a “family agreement” about use and time online and ensure all in the household stick to it. An example of a family agreement can be found here:https://www.childnet.com/ufiles/Family-Agreement.pdf
  • Be aware of material accessed / shared. (The Internet Watch Foundation reported in 2020 over 68,000 webpages containing indecent images were removed)

Useful Websites

Harris Academy Ockendon recommends Kooth or shout 85258 to provide free, anonymous online counselling tailored to young people.

Their specialists are available every day and are on hand to support young people either over the phone or through instant messaging.

It can be used for any form of mental health support.

For further information, please visit their website at the links above.

In addition Thurrock’s Educational Psychology and School Wellbeing Services helpline offers support to young people and families.

You can contact them by phone (01375 652537) or email via sws@thurrock.gov.uk

Some other websites you may find useful are found below;

https://www.internetmatters.org/

https://www.childnet.com/

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

If you have any queries, questions or concerns, please feel free to contact a member of staff:

Miss Dodge, Assistant Principal, Designated Safeguarding Lead s.dodge@harrisockendon.org.uk

Mr Pearce, Vice Principal, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead d.pearce@harriockendon.org.uk

Miss Thompson, Assistant Principal, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Alicia.thompson@harrisockendon.org.uk