Kooth transitioning support and resources for years 6-7
As we move towards the end of term I wanted to remind you that KOOTH.com is available in Devon for young people aged between 11 – 25 years to access over the summer. For young people transitioning from primary to secondary school we want to ensure young people are supported through this challenging time and informed of the Kooth service and their accessibility to the support for their emotional health and wellbeing.
Kooth is a web based confidential support service available to young people that provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support either by speaking to one of our online counsellors and/or engaging in our Kooth community online with the range of therapeutic support tools we have online.
For your students transitioning from Year 6-7 and to support you in signposting Kooth.com to those young people a short presentation video has been shared with you to show with these students for an online assembly that explains the Kooth service in a little more detail.
The transition video can be accessed here where you will need to choose the video named ‘Transition Vid’ (Carina). This is a video (8mins 30sec) to be shown to students transitioning into secondary school.
Please find attached an introduction and assurance letter for schools as well as a letter for parents and carers. Please contact Carina Miles firstname.lastname@example.org on 07507 946564 / 020 398 49337 if you would like any further information or resources.
For more information, please see these documents:
Kooth Intro and Assurance letter
Kooth letter for parents and carers
ECI has launched a new phone advice line for parents and carers across Devon. The number for the new service is 01392 949059 and it is manned from 10 – 2pm Monday to Friday. People will be able to leave a message outside of these hours, or when the operators are all busy.
We offer advice on a specific issue around their children and their family relationships, including any communication issues or conflict they are having with their partners or co-parents of their children. It is not meant to be a replacement for more targeted work, but just a way to offer people a place to be heard and a few tips on how to deal with a particular situation or to signpost them to an organisation which may be able to help them.
Click here for more information
Pupils in school watched an online assembly today. The Duchess of Cambridge hosted a discussion about Kindness. You can watch this assembly by following the link here:
There is also lots of useful information on the Mentally Healthy Schools website:
You can also view previous assemblies here: classroom.thenational.academy/assemblies/
Parents and careers have a great opportunity to access free online courses to help understand and develop knowledge of children and teenagers.
To access the courses visit inourplace.co.uk
To find out more follow this link solihull.parents.faq.docx
or see the poster below for information and the free access code.
Think U Know have created videos to support parents during Covid-19 and the closure of schools to many children.
You can find the videos here: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/presentations-for-parents/
Mental Health Awareness Week is focusing on the power and potential of kindness. Research shows that protecting our mental health is going to be key to us coping with and recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.
Kindness can be defined as "Doing something for yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference." We know from research that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. Research also shows that kindness can help with problems due to isolation and creates a sense of belonging. It helps reduce stress, brings a new outlook on a situation and deepens friendships. Kindness to ourselves is also very important. It can help boost our self-esteem. Kindness can even improve feelings of confidence and optimism.
To find out more about Mental Awareness Week, see the link below:
Here are some activities you might like to complete with your child on this theme:
taking_turns_.pdf for younger pupils
paper_chain_friends.pdf for Key stage 1 pupils
marvellous_medals_.pdf for older pupils