The BBC has put together a number of short videos and games to get you excited about starting school as well as offer support with some of the main questions you may have – some of these are answered my students themselves!
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Moving from primary to secondary school – Activity pack
Together with children on my Children’s Advisory Board, we have created an activity pack to support you moving from primary to secondary school. It has questions to help children think about things they might want to find out about their new school, things they like doing and want to continue doing, who they can go to for support and their goals for the future. We also share some top tips from other children who’ve already moved from primary to secondary school.
Looking after your mental health and wellbeing
Some children told us that they struggle to attend school due to feelings of anxiety, or other mental health worries. Find guides for how to talk about your mental health and how to find support from charity Mind:
The charity Young Minds provides lots of guides and advice for understanding, supporting and managing your metal health as well as real stories from young people who have struggled with their mental health:
The Children’s Commissioner heard from half a million children and young people across England and a lot of them said that they were worried about their mental health. This short flyer for primary school pupils can help you to talk about your feelings and shares where to find more support:
The Children’s Commissioner heard from half a million children and young people across England and a lot of them said that they were worried about their mental health. This short flyer for secondary school students can help you to talk about your feelings and shares where to find more support:
On My Mind aims to empower young people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing. Their pages have been co-produced by young people to help other young people.
Kidscape is here to help if you’re dealing with bullying and have created top tips to support you.
Help at Hand
If you’re in care, leaving care, living away from home or working with children’s services, Help at Hand can offer you free support, advice and information. Find out more and contact the service:
Support for young carers
Are you looking for advice or support for yourself or another young carer? Local projects can offer professional guidance, connect young carers with other young carers, and provide important breaks from caring responsibilities. Follow the link to find your local service:
Warwickshire Young Carers and the University of Warwick have worked together to try and put all of the information and links you need for help with Post-16 options in one place in an E-Book so that young carers can access it quickly and easily. You can read the E-book here:
The Young Carers Support App enables young and young adult carers in the UK to find information and advice, self-help resources, wellbeing tips and activities, plus a catalogue of support services – all in one place. Follow the link to download the app:
As a young carer you have a right to be supported and to get the help you need. Carers Trust have put together this guide to support you identify the support available to you. Follow this link to find out about your rights:
Support for children in kinship care
We’ve been hearing from children and families across England that family comes in many different forms and hearing about different experiences of family is really important. You can learn more about kinship care directly from the children who experience these family arrangements, we made this video with Kinship Carers Liverpool that you can watch and share with your friends to raise awareness.
I found it hard that in 2022 young people who are in kin families still feel like they have to explain their situation over and over, by educating professionals on kinship this will hopefully reduce the need for a kin kid to have to keep repeating their storyChild in kinship care
Kinship Carers Liverpool have also made the following animation to raise awareness about Kinship and what it is.
How do families arriving from Ukraine apply for a school place and childcare? Як родинам, що приїжджають з України, подавати заяви на отримання місць у школі та допомоги з оплати послуг з догляду за дитиною?
All children and young people arriving in England from Ukraine via the family route or the sponsorship route have the right to access education whilst in the UK. The best place for all school-age children to be educated is in schools. The Department for Education have provided guidance on applying for a school place here:
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