'Parents and carers who showed their views wholeheartedly support the school' (Ofsted 2022)
Click on the red button below to access the Parent Pack.
The pack contains:
Aims and Values
Criteria For Admissions
Off site activities and trips consent
Sharing and collection of information consent
Staff transportation consent
Personal property waiver consent form
Parent-Learning Centre Partnership Agreement
KEEPING YOUR CHILD SAFE ONLINE
At ASPIRE: Lifeskills Learning Centre we take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and this includes online safety.
On this page you will find our E-Safety Policy, plus advice and resources to help you and your child navigate the virtual world safely.
We aim to provide our students with the skills, knowledge and understanding to keep themselves safe online within the Learning Centre environment and beyond, now and in the future.
The Learning Centre recognises that online activity brings with it potential risks including accessing inappropriate content, predation and grooming, bullying and threats, identity theft, financial harm
andcorruption or misuse of data. Our primary aim with regard to online safety is to give our students the ability to stay safe online – both inside the Learning Centre and beyond. We aim to do this through education, embedding online safety in every aspect of the curriculum and working with parents/carers, siblings and others to promote safe use of technology.
The Head Teacher, as the Designated Lead for Safeguarding, is responsible for ensuring the safety (including online safety) of members of the Learning Centre community.Day to day responsibility for online safety is delegated to the
Online Safety Coordinator – Steve Parkinson.
We struggle to keep up with our children and their activities online but there is lots of information to help you. Vodafone have an excellent parent information site which cab be accessed by clicking here;
Other useful information sheets:
Do you know what 'sexting' is?
NSPCC has a very useful website with lots of information
for parents, with simple to understand fact sheets, details
about how to set parental controls and what to do if your
child has been sexting. You can access it by Clicking Here
For E-safety support advice and latest news, please Click Here
MENTAL HEALTH AND AUTISM
Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people, and are often more common for those with a diagnosis of Autism. They include depression, anxiety and OCD, and are often a direct response to what is happening in the young person’s life.
Alarmingly, however, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.
The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.
Things that can help keep children and young people mentally well include:
being in good physical health, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise
having time and the freedom to play, indoors and outdoors
being part of a family that gets along well most of the time
going to a school that looks after the wellbeing of all its pupils
taking part in local activities for young people.
Other factors are also important, including:
feeling loved, trusted, understood, valued and safe
being interested in life and having opportunities to enjoy themselves
being hopeful and optimistic
being able to learn and having opportunities to succeed
accepting who they are and recognising what they are good at
having a sense of belonging in their family, school and community
feeling they have some control over their own life
having the strength to cope when something is wrong (resilience) and the ability to solve problems.
ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT YOUR CHILD’S MENTAL WELLBEING?
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
If you are worried about your child’s behaviour or mental health you can call
the YoungMinds Parents’ Helpline for free on 0808 802 5544.
Reliable information for parents and carers about common mental health and
behaviour concerns in children and young people aged 0-25 is available on the
Find out about symptoms, possible causes and what you can do to help, with
links to further information, resources and other organisations you can
contact for support.
Click www.youngminds.org.uk to access the YoungMinds website.
The National Autistic Society has a useful guide to mental health and autism.
Click www.autism.org.uk/enquiry to find out more.
The National Autistic Society’s Autism Helpline can be contacted for information about counselling and other therapies/interventions.
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) helps children and young people who have been referred by another healthcare professional. Referrals are made if it’s thought the child or young person has emotional and/or behavioural difficulties at a level which requires specialist support.
CAMHS provide a range of services including initial assessments, therapy, group work,
emergency assessments and in-patient care.
To access the CAMHS service you can:
Speak to your GP or Paediatrician
Speak to your Educational Psychologist - if you have one
Speak to a Social Worker - if you have one
Further information can be found by downloading the CAMHS