Key information provided below to support your child’s learning
- Student Information Guide
- FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
- Career Coronavirus Information
- Safeguarding & online safety
- Year 10 Letter (27/04/20)
- Home School Timetable
- Visitor Protocol
The below timetables are intended to help support you and your child/ward in accessing and organising the weekly school work that should be completed during this difficult time of enforced school closure. Please be aware that the work outlined here is described in further detail on Class Charts and it should represent the maximum amount of work per week to be completed while Darwen Vale High School is closed. We are very aware that it can be difficult supporting students at home with their school work when there are a number of other responsibilities in the household that require parental attention. We are also acutely aware that the technology that is sometimes required to access distance learning can on occasion be problematic! It is for this reason that periodically we will be contacting households to see how things are going with: online lessons, accessing Class Charts and the general completion of work. Please note that while some of this activity will be to monitor, we also wish to support families with any difficulties that may arise and we can’t do this unless we know about them. We want to help you and your child/ward. Please do get in touch with your child/ward’s Director of Progress if you have any concerns or issues.
English & Maths Aldridge Masterclasses
How to access your masterclasses video guide
English Masterclasses – every Thursday
4th June, 3-4pm
Paper 1, question 4 – writing an exemplar answer
11th June, 3-4pm
Paper 1, Question 2 – selecting evidence
18th June, 3-4pm
Paper 1, Question 2 – writing a perceptive answer
25th June, 3-4pm
Paper 1, Question 3 – selecting evidence
2nd July, 3-4pm
Paper 1, Question 3 – writing a perceptive answer
Maths Masterclasses – every Wednesday
3rd June, 3-4pm
Shape 2: Pythagoras & Trigonometry
10th June, 3-4pm
17th June, 3-4pm
24th June, 3-4pm
1st July, 3-4pm
Pupils Starting In Year 7
If you have received confirmation you will be joining the academy in September 2020 you can find information relevant to starting on our website eg. Term Times, Free School Meals etc. You should also have received an email or letter from school outlining what will happen next. If not you can find the letter on the link below. Can I ask that you respond to the letter either by email or post to confirm you child place.
Finally I would just like to add thank you for choosing Darwen Vale and we look forward to working closely together in the future.
Support For Families During COVID-19
Useful Links and Info:
On the pages below are some links and information that you may find useful during this time.
These may be helpful to both parents and young people. The list is extensive as we realise that each family may need different access to various kinds of support, dependant on the issues you are facing during this time.
We have tried to cover as many topics as possible and have put them under headings so they may be easier to find. Please let us know if you think there are things that we have not covered.
If you are unable to access support, we may be able to signpost you to a helpful link or local service.
Please do not hesitate to contact someone at school and we will do our best to help.
As always you can contact the school on 01254 22300
Our school address is:
Darwen Vale High School
Blackburn Rd, Darwen BB3 0AL
Counselling Support – Parents and young people can download an app called Think Ninja – it is run by Helios who are an online therapy service and has been made free for children 10-18 during COVID. It has CBT modules as well as COVID specific info.
Young People can also access KOOTH – which is another resource for on-line therapy. It can be found on-line and is a confidential service
Thinkuknow has published guidance for parents and carers to support children who may be spending more time online at home while they do their school work and socialise with friends. Suggestions to help parents keep children safe online include: chatting to find out how they use online technology and what it means to them; reminding children to report anything worrying, and how they can do this; and setting up or reviewing parental controls.
Read the news story: How to support your child at home
The NSPCC Library and Information Service has created a reading list of books for children who are worried or anxious. Our free information service remains open, and can provide reading lists and help you to find information on safeguarding topics. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
NSPCC – Read the information and advice: Talking to a child worried about coronavirus (COVID-19)
See also on NSPCC Learning
> How to have difficult conversations with children
See also on NSPCC Learning
> Online safety training
The NSPCC has created an online Hub providing advice and support for parents and carers during the coronavirus outbreak. Content includes: information on keeping children safe from abuse; tips and advice to help parents working from home; and ways to talk to a child who is anxious or worried about coronavirus.
Emerging Minds, in collaboration with the University of Reading and the University of Oxford, has published evidence-based advice for parents and carers supporting children and young people with worries about Coronavirus. A resource list from trusted sources is also available which includes links grouped by age category and resources for children and young people with specific needs. Emerging Minds has also shared a podcast from a recent webinar on supporting children and young people with their worries and anxiety.
Read the news story: How can we best support children and young people with their worries and anxiety?
Read the advice: Supporting children and young people with worries about COVID-19 (PDF)
Read the resources list: Recommended resources
Listen to the podcast: How can we best support children and young people with their worries and anxiety?
Childline – Childline has updated its Coronavirus webpage to include tips for children and young people on coping at home during lockdown. Advice includes: keeping in touch with friends online and talking to people at home; staying busy with things like schoolwork or hobbies; and speaking to a trusted adult or parent if they need support.
Visit the webpage: Coronavirus
The National Crime Agency (NCA) CEOP command has launched a campaign to help keep children safe online during the coronavirus pandemic.
The #OnlineSafetyAtHome campaign contains home activity packs with 15-minute activities for parents and carers to do with their children using CEOP’s Thinkuknow educational resources.
New activities will be launched fortnightly. The NCA has warned of a spike in online child sex offending during the coronavirus crisis, with latest figures indicating that there are at least 300,000 people in the UK posing a sexual threat to children.
An article in the Guardian reports on NSPCC concerns that a shortage of moderators who combat sexual abuse online combined with children spending more time on the internet at home has created a “perfect storm” for abusers to take advantage of the pandemic.
Read the Thinkuknow news story and download the packs: Home activity packs (PDF)
Public Health England – Public Health England (PHE) has published advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus outbreak. The guidance covers: helping children and young people cope with stress; how children and young people of different ages may react; children and young people who are accessing mental health services; children and young people with learning disabilities; autistic children and young people; children and young people who care for others; and bullying. The guidance will be updated in line with the changing situation.
The British Psychological Society – Advice on talking to children about illness
Other resources to promote and support children and young people’s mental wellbeing include:
- MindEd educational resources for adults about children and young people’s mental health, which is relevant for parents and carers as well as volunteers, teachers, and other professionals working with children
- the Every Mind Mattersplatform which supports looking after your own and other’s mental health
- guidance on looking after wellbeing and mental healthduring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
- guidance on supporting children’s wellbeing and mental health
All NHS mental health trusts are setting up 24/7 helplines, and seeking to use digital and virtual channels, to continue delivering support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
- Thinkuknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
- Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)
- Let’s Talk About It (support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation)
- UK Safer Internet Centre (tips, advice, guides)
Materials to promote and support mental wellbeing are included in the list of online resources we have published to help children to learn at home.
Public Health England’s Rise Above platform supports young people.
Other useful websites and info for parents:
During these challenging times due to the coronavirus outbreak, many young people living with mental health conditions, or young people starting to develop signs and symptoms as a result of what’s going on, may really benefit from having their own Wellbeing Passport. It’s a resource that it completely free for any young person to use, and you can quickly and easily download and save your own copy from our dedicated web page: www.wellbeingpassport.org.uk. You can also download a guide to completing the Wellbeing Passport.
For general enquiries – contact email@example.com for general enquiries.
You might find it useful to share with colleagues, and people who use your services, this link to information on the national Mind website about Coronavirus and Wellbeing
The WISH Centre – Domestic Abuse Issues – helpline number 01254 260465
Home should be a safe place but for victims of domestic abuse it is not, in our current climate social distancing and self-isolation has increased the barriers that often victims and children face if they are living in an abusive household.
We have launched a Live chat service that is available weekdays 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm to offer another means of communication. The service is available to young people and adults.
We need your help to promote it so if you can share the information with colleagues and friends and share our post promoting the helpline on your social media page you can help us to reach people who are in need of support.
Please keep connected with us via our Facebook @wishcentre & Twitter page @WishCentreBDDWA
The Coronavirus spread is a worrying time for everyone, but being housebound with your abuser is a terrifying and potentially dangerous time. Following the instruction to self isolate in China, reports of domestic abuse doubled. This secondary effect of the pandemic needs to be addressed and people with no choice but to remain in their homes need to be aware of the risks and plan for their safety.
Below are our suggestions for keeping yourself as safe as possible.
- ALWAYS keep your mobile phone charged and with you.
- USE a code word with friends & family so they know, if you call or text them and use that word, they need to contact the police. Or agree with them you will send a blank text if you are in need of the police.
- If neighbours are aware of your situation, ask them to call police if they hear sounds of an attack.
- USE a code word with children to let them know they should leave the house. Agree with them before where they should go.
- DON’T drink alcohol together as the probability of abuse increases. If your abuser insists you drink, add lemonade or have a soft drink in between alcoholic drinks. Alcohol reduces your ability to think clearly and it’s difficult to reason with a drunk person.
- IF you are drinking, make sure you both are eating properly. Keeps snacks available and don’t skip meals.
- KEEP your bank card & car keys (if you have a car) in a safe place where you can access them quickly.
- Keep a little cash in your pocket if you can.
- USE your judgement and intuition with your abusers mood. Keep a close eye on their body language. Nobody knows them better than you know them.
- If a situation is escalating, try to leave the room. IF you can’t get out of the house, go to a safe room that you can lock.
- Consider purchasing a Howsar Quick Lock from Amazon or eBay. They can be slipped into a pocket and they will give you enough time to call 999. Alternatively, put a door wedge under the door once you’re in the room.
- IF the situation is likely to escalate, stay out of the kitchen, bathroom, garage, or rooms where there are possible weapons.
- Stay away from the top of the stairs.
- THINK about the quickest route out of your house.
- Consider risks that are unique to your home. Make sure children’s toys are not blocking routes and exits.
IF YOU ARE IN DANGER CALL 999
Wish Centre 01254 260465
Refuge Helpline 0808 2000 247
Samaritans 116 123 – if you are experiencing emotional/psychological abuse and feel low.
Shelter 0344 515 1831
Housing Needs Blackburn 01254 585444 – If the tenancy of your home is in the abusers name and they are threatening to make you leave or have locked you out.
Domestic Abuse Issues – WISH Centre – Blackburn
Contact – WISH – 01254 260465
Boots offering consultation rooms as safe spaces
Helpful advice on sexual violence and living with a perpetrator from Rape Crisis Centre
WISH – Guide to completing Children’s Safety Plan
There is nothing that is so awful, so BIG or so small that we can’t talk about it with someone.
Encouraging the child to seek help Reiterate that:
- the abuse is not their fault
- they are not going to get in trouble because of it
- people like the Police and Social Workers are there to try to keep people safe
- there are people who care about them and their family
- the problem will not go away without the right help
- talking can help to make us feel better and to solve problems
- Help the child to identify safe adults who they can contact in an emergency or if they are feeling unsafe.
- LISTEN to the child!
- Ask the child who they would choose to go to if they had a problem and ensure that any person that the child identifies knows what to do in case of disclosure.
- Help the child to work out how they would contact someone if they needed to- do they have access to a phone? If so do they have credit on the phone and is it always charged up?
- Help the child to make up a code word so that in an emergency the child just has to say the code word and the other person will know that the child needs help.
- Make sure that the person helping knows the child’s address and phone number and that they’ve agreed what they should do if the child calls.
- Help the child to identify back-up plans for if they cannot get in contact with the first person that they try to contact.
- Make sure that the child knows that they can ring 999, knows how do to it and what to say including knowing their own address.
Re: Covid-19 Wish Centre Service update
WISH have been monitoring the information on the Gov.uk site and have made the following decisions and changes to meet Government guidelines, our position may change in the coming weeks and further updates will be available on our social media sites.
We have put in place our business continuity plan to ensure that we are operational, and our priority is to make sure that at this time of uncertainty we are providing a service to victims, perpetrators and children whilst ensuring that we keep our staff team safe.
- We have ensured that all staff working at the Wish Centre are equipped to work remotely.
- We are accepting referrals from Lancashire police and partner agencies as well as self-referrals for victims, perpetrators, children & young people.
- Our IDVAs/ Advice staff are risk assessing and safety planning on the phone and using digital technology.
- Our programmes team will be delivering our victim programme AIM using online platforms and our perpetrator team will be delivering the perpetrator programme using online platforms.
- Our assessments for these programmes will be via phone or using technology to do them via video.
- Counselling sessions will continue to take place on the phone.
- Our refuges are open, and staff are on site on a rota basis. We are currently full and not taking new referrals but monitoring the situation daily. § Referrals can be made via firstname.lastname@example.org or via Shigufta.email@example.com you can also ring 01254 260465
- Office opening hours remain the same 9am – 5pm Monday – Thursday and 9am – 4pm Friday. Out of these hours our helpline is directed to the National Domestic abuse helpline 08002000247
- We are linking in with community services and can connect people with them for further help and support.
Read the guidance for England: Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for victims of domestic abuse
Until further notice, all Brook clinics will be running an altered service, with adjustments to operating times and access. We will regularly update the public on the status of our services.
Brook will do all we can to support schools, teachers, parents and young people in these uncertain times. Below we have listed a range of our resources and services. If you have any additional questions, particularly those regarding at risk children, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our digital resource hub contains a range of handouts, videos and blog posts to support professionals and parents in talking about relationships and sex with young people.
Brook Learn is our free e-learning platform featuring short online courses to equip you with the skills and confidence to deliver excellent relationships & sex education (RSE). It is also a useful tool to support parents to have those conversations at home. Courses include: How To Deliver RSE, Consent, Puberty, Relationships, Contraception, STIs, Abortion and more.
Clinical service – Brook
Brook Blackburn is currently offering a slightly reduced service via telephone consultations. Appointments for telephone consultations can be made by ringing 01254 268700 during our usual opening hours:
Monday 12:00 – 17:30
Wednesday 12:00 – 17:30
Friday 12:00 – 17:30
Saturday 11:00 – 14:30
Please see the Blackburn service pages of the Brook website and Brook social media for updates and information
https://legacy.brook.org.uk/find-a-service/service/blackburn https://www.facebook.com/brookcharitylancashire/ https://www.instagram.com/brook_sexpositive/ https://twitter.com/BrookCharity https://twitter.com/BrookLancs
Education – e-learning
Brook Learn is a fantastic resource to share with teachers and parents who may be looking for free online resources while staying at home. Talking about relationships and sex with young people isn’t always easy. To help you, we have developed high quality digital learning to empower, support and encourage you to deliver effective relationships and sex education (RSE) – based on our 55 years’ experience of working with under 25s. Courses are free and include STIs, Puberty, Consent, IUD & IUS and Emergency contraception, Pleasure and Enduring Love.
Drug and Alcohol services
Inspire & Go2 Blackburn with Darwen information during COVID-19
We’re your local drug and alcohol team, supporting people across all age groups to reduce or remove problematic substances in their lives.
What kind of work are you doing with people at the moment?
We’re still supporting everyone on our caseload, it’s just being done from a distance where possible. Our key workers are calling to check in on the people on the people they support and our group workers are maintaining contact with group members with check-in phone calls, WhatsApp groups and Zoom meetings.
We prescribe people opiate substitution therapy (OST) (things like Physeptone, Methadone, Espranor) and it’s one of our top priorities in this time to maintain this and keep people stable. We are still doing new starter clinics, so even if someone is not prescribed right now, we can start them off.
Our team are still delivering outreach support (from the government recommended 2m distance!) to those we struggle to keep in touch with over the phone. We’re delivering safe storage boxes and naloxone to those who are prescribed OST.
How do we keep in touch with what’s going on?
We’d recommend you keep your eye on our Facebook & Twitter pages for the latest updates & support we’re offering. You can find us by searching InspireBwD & Go2BwD (our under 25s page) on these sites.
How can we refer to you?
Call 01254 495014 choose option 1 and speak to reception. At the moment we’re doing as many assessments over the phone as possible, so we’ll take some basic details and call you back at a time that suits you.
If you join us during this time and would like to be a part of our WhatsApp group or Zoom meetings, just mention this to your key worker and we’ll talk you through it.
Is there any other support available right now?
There are online mutual aid meetings taking place around the world every hour of the day.
Alcoholics Anonymous https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/AA-Meetings/Find-a-Meeting/Online
Narcotics Anonymous https://online.ukna.org/ Cocaine Anonymous https://www.ca-online.org/ All fellowships https://www.intherooms.com/home/ SMART Recovery https://smartrecovery.org.uk/online-meetings/
Other Useful Contacts for Young People
www.youngminds.org.uk (Young Minds for children’s mental health)
www.nshn.co.uk National Self Harm Network
www.childline.org.uk Childline (Offer a range of support)
www.samaritans.org Samaritans (offers a range of support)
www.getconnected.org.uk Get Connected
www.b-eat.co.uk Beat (support for young people with eating disorders)
www.thinkuknow.co.uk Think U Know (e-safety support)
www.kooth.co.uk On-line counselling service
Useful Contact Numbers
0800 1111 Childline (Free and confidential support, 24 hour support)
01254 226037 Minds Matter (Blackburn with Darwen)
116 123 Samaritans
0808 808 4994 The Mix (counselling and support)
0808 808 1677 Cruse (bereavement support for Young People, free number Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm)
0808 801 0711 Beat Youth line (eating disorder support)
03001110323 Nest Lancashire
Help Hub offers support to vulnerable people in Blackburn with Darwen
Blackburn with Darwen Council has launched the BwD Help Hub.
The Hub is here for residents who have no support networks they can call on during the Coronavirus outbreak. The Hub can provide a range of support, from organising deliveries of food and essential supplies to people in the greatest need, providing information and advice, to weekly telephone calls to help keep people’s spirits up during periods of isolation.
Four Neighbourhood Hubs, based around existing neighbourhoods, are supporting residents in: Blackburn North, Blackburn East, Blackburn West and Darwen.
Get the full story about the BwD Help Hub on The Shuttle.
How it works:
Anyone in Blackburn with Darwen who has no support they can call on through family, friends or neighbours can get in touch with the Help Hub:
- By filling in the online form at www.theshuttle.org.uk/coronavirus
- By calling 01254 588111
Requests will be assessed and passed on to one of four Neighbourhood Hubs: Blackburn North, Blackburn East, Blackburn West and Darwen.
Know someone in Blackburn with Darwen who’s struggling in isolation? Please share the Help Hub contact details with them.
On-line Radicalisation – Parent concerns and where to go for help
We recognise that this is a difficult time for parents and guardians and that the Coronavirus is having a significant impact on young people and families across the world. The closure of schools means that opportunities for children to talk to and play with friends will be limited to online interaction. This will almost certainly lead to children spending more time online.
Parents working from home may not be able to monitor their children’s use of devices as they usually would.
Unfortunately, whilst rare, there are negative influencers and online groomers who use the internet, social media and online gaming to spread their extreme ideas, which children can be exposed to.
Some of these ideas may be considered radical or extreme and when a person starts to support or be involved in them, this is called radicalisation.
Our experience of radicalisers is that they may link their extreme views to the global, national or individual response to Coronavirus which could be shown through films, images and discussions as;
- Conspiracy theories Blaming other people for the virus and its impact on life.
- Hate against groups because of race, religion, sexuality and gender.
- Radicalisers will want as many people as possible to believe their ideas and sometimes encourage them to take action, which might break the law. This can be how people are drawn into terrorism.
Online radicalisation – Parent/guardian information and support:
Boredom could cause children to engage with new groups or individuals and this could make them vulnerable to those looking to influence young people. Online radicalisation may be hard for parents to notice because it is a complex issue.
There are a possible signs that someone may need some help (although a lot of them are quite common among teenagers), but look out for increased instances of:
- Exploring new and unusual websites, chat forums and platforms due to boredom or frustration.
- Joining new or secret groups since isolation.
- Speaking with new friends or being secretive about chats during online gaming or in forums.
- A strong desire to seek new meaning, identity and purpose.
- Using language you wouldn’t expect them to know.
- Watching, sharing or creating films online linked to religious, political or racial hate.
Radicalisers can target young people by sending friend requests on popular sites and platforms to see who responds. They may strike up a conversation to build a relationship with a child and ask them to chat privately. These chats can then happen on forums such as 2chan, 4chan and 8chan which are anonymous posting and discussion forums for over 18s.
The content is often unsuitable for children and not a safe place to have discussions and learn about issues.
What are the possible signs of online radicalisation?
These are indicators that they might need help, but you know your child best and we advise that you speak with them first. Check in with them and ask them about what they are viewing, who they are speaking to and how they are feeling.
This might feel difficult, but here are some tips to help you:
- Listen carefully to their fears and worries. There are some helpful tips here. https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-anxiety-tips/
- Avoid complicated and worrying explanations that could be frightening and confusing.
- There is advice and support to help them understand Coronavirus https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world/coronavirus/
- If they are finding it hard to cope with bereavement and grief – advice can be found here. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/coping-with-bereavement/
You can get more information from the following websites, these will help you understand why people sometimes need more support if they have been radicalised, what is available and how to access it.
What can you do… Firstly, we advise that you speak with the Dedicated Safeguarding Lead at your child’s school or college. They will know your child and have had extra training to know how pick up on concerning behaviour.
They can talk through your concerns, give advice and get extra support should you need it.
If you’d rather speak online, these websites can help you share your different concerns:
- You want to report any suspicious terrorism concerns https://www.met.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/ath/possible-terrorist-activity/
- If you need to report a hate crime https://www.report-it.org.uk/your_police_force
- You’ve seen something online that supports, directs or glorifies terrorism including websites, films or images report them here. https://www.gov.uk/report-terrorism
- The have a helpline 0808 800 5000 to talk to someone or an online form to share your concerns about your child
Other useful Contacts:
The Blurt Foundation
Quaranzine creative project
Stalking – advice if concerned:
Paladin Contact details
Facebook: Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service (Weekly hosted session Thursdays 12-1pm)
Instagram: Paladin_NSAS (Weekly hosted session Tuesdays 8-9pm)
Homelessness – Centrepoint has published a series of FAQs to support vulnerable young people who are homeless or facing the risk of being homeless during the coronavirus outbreak.
Read the news story: Facing homelessness during coronavirus?
Dealing with fake news – In a blog, Professor Sonia Livingstone discusses how families can manage the misinformation online surrounding coronavirus, and ways in which parents and carers can help children deal with the challenges of social isolation.
Read the news story: Coronavirus and #fakenews: what should families do?
Online Counselling Service and Mental Health Awareness Tips
- CYP Infographic Kooth
- 5 Steps to Wellbeing Interactive Activities
- Kooth COVID19 Response Poster
- Mental Health Awareness Poster
Useful Email Addresses
Twitter – @darwenvale
Useful Phone Numbers
Reception – 01254 223000
Childline – 0800 1111
Kooth (Free online counselling and support) – www.kooth.com
ITDS Servicedesk – 01254 819566
Email – email@example.com
(Please contact our ITDS servicedesk if your child needs help logging into any of our learning portals)
Online Learning Portals
Office 365 – www.office.com/login
iLearn – http://ilearn.daca.uk.com/
Century – https://app.century.tech/login/
Class Charts – https://www.classcharts.com/student
Citrix – https://citrix.darwenvale.com/
EzyScience – https://www.ezyeducation.co.uk