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Weekly Welfare - 8.1.2021

Welcome to our Weekly Welfare email!

Dear GPUTC community, 

Welcome to your weekly welfare email. This is an email that I will be sending to all GPUTC students, parents and staff every Friday whilst students are learning at home. Each email will include a selection of positive news stories, mental and physical wellbeing tips, links to interesting resources for parents and students and links to support services. I hope this is helpful to our community in these challenging times. 

This week, I want to focus on how much progress we’ve all made in just 5 days. It has been a steep learning curve for some of us, and all of us have had to get our ‘home office’ set up again. Whether that’s the dining room table or a desk in your bedroom, I hope you’ve managed to get yourself set up ready to continue your learning/ teaching/ supporting.  Everyone (that’s teaching staff, support staff, students and parents) have moved mountains this week to make online learning happen. We all definitely deserve a rest this weekend!  Please make sure you take a break so you’re ready to face next week’s opportunities (not challenges!). 

Our welfare and pastoral teams continue to work hard to support students whilst they are learning at home. If you need to be in contact, your first port of call is your child’s mentor. You can also contact safeguarding@gputc.com for urgent matters.  

Positive news story: LadBaby achieved a third consecutive Christmas number one with his version of “Don’t stop believing”, putting him in the esteemed company of the The Beatles and The Spice Girls. Whilst we might not all love the song, we can’t take away from him the amazing fundraising he has done for The Trussel Trust! Read more here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-55436050   

Helpful resource for parents: This week’s helpful resource is a blog post offering some tips on getting teenagers into a routine: https://anitacleare.co.uk/education/?cli_action=1609842755.87. This resource is from the Positive Parenting Project, “a social enterprise which aims to bring the benefits of proven evidence-based parenting strategies to as many parents (and children) as possible.” Their website is a treasure-trove of useful resources, especially within the “Thinking parenting” blog section.  

Helpful resource for students: Just in case you’re still having some problems getting to grips with Microsoft Teams, here is a video explainer for students: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jx36qQf_Qpk. This is specifically designed for students using both computers and ipads, and should come in handy if you have any questions. The author, Mr Tompkins EdTech, has lots of other videos which go into more detail if you want to explore further. If you’re still struggling, please let your mentor know.  

Also, here’s a great explanation of how to access Microsoft 365 (so that’s Teams, Word, Powerpoint etc) via your console: https://youtu.be/mfrSCeedsmE.  If you need to borrow a keyboard from school to make this easier, just email office@gputc.com and we’ll arrange that for you.  

Links to support services

Working online

We are all spending more time online at the moment, so it’s really important that we understand how to keep ourselves and others safe online. The following organisations have loads of information about how to do that: 

For students: Thinkuknow  

For parents: Internet matters 

For staff and parents: London Grid for Learning 

 

Mental health support

For students: YoungMinds Crisis Messenger - If you are a young person experiencing a mental health crisis you can text YM to 85258 for free 24/7 support 

For parents: Parents Helpline - If you are a parent who needs advice about your child’s mental health you can contact the Parents Helpline directly on 0808 802 between 9:30am-4pm 

For staff: If you are a member of staff or parent who works in a school, college or university, you can call the Education Support Partnership for free support on 08000 562 561. 

If you need assistant to contact other support services, please email safeguarding@gputc.com and we will be in contact.  

I hope everyone has a lovely, restful weekend. I’ll be back next week with more positive stories and resources. If you have anything that you think other students, parents or colleagues would find useful please email me the details (l.donaldson@gputc.com). 

Kind regards, 

Lynne Donaldson 
Director of Support