Care, Guidance and Support Archive

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Careers Information, Education and Guidance

Careers


Concerns about your options and future career? Please take a look through some of the useful resources below:

prospects

Prospects provide careers information, advice and guidance for young people that are not in education, employment or training (NEET) aged 1619 (and up to 25 for young people with a learning disability or difficulty) on behalf of Leicestershire County Council.

They operate a drop-in and an appointment service in Hinckley and Loughborough and also provide support at outreach venues throughout the county.

Both of the centres are open Monday to Friday and can be contacted on 01455 632719 (Hinckley)  or 01509 214002 (Loughborough)

Need more information? See below a range of people who are available for advice and guidance

  • Careers Library
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Subject teacher
  • Form Tutor
  • A Pastoral Manager
  • Your Head of Year
  • Teacher in charge of careers (Mrs Thorpe/Ms Darby)
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Summer Enrichment Programme 2017

Please click here for the Summer Enrichment Programme 2017.

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Post-16: Life after Brockington

Please click here for the Post-16 Presentation notes delivered by Brockington College.

Over the course of the year a number of schools are presenting their own options for Post-16 to students. For their presentation notes please click the relevant school below:

 

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Free Online Support for Young People

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Kooth is a free online service that offers emotional and mental health support for children and young people. When you sign up you can choose an avatar, which helps to keep you safe and anonymous.  You can have a “drop-in” chat with a counsellor or therapist or book a one-to-one session.

Kooth’s counsellors and therapists are available until 10pm, 365 days a year. You can talk to other young people anonymously on the forums whenever you like, and keep an online journal.

 

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Bullying

Bullying


The ABA defines bullying as:
the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person by another(s), where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be carried out physically, verbally, emotionally or through cyberspace.

Bullying is when someone or a group of people make you feel sad or afraid, over and over again. It is defined as:

It can be:

  • Physical : Pushing, kicking, hitting or any use of violence
  • Verbal : Name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, threatening, teasing about someone’s race/gender/size/performance/looks/background etc
  • Emotional : Excluding, tormenting, being unfriendly, looks, silence, staring etc
  • On MSN and by mobile phone
  • A ‘hate’ incident – meaning you or someone else is being targeted because you or they are seen as being different. This might be because of disability, gender, race, religion/belief or sexual orientation.

You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect and to live without fear. So: you must tell someone.

Who could you tell?

  • Your parents
  • An adult you trust
  • A friend
  • Your form tutor
  • Use the ‘Voice It’ form below, or the Voice Box outside 018, to report anything causing you concern
  • A Pastoral Manager (Mrs Underwood/Mrs Heath/Mr L Mayes/Mr Coombes)
  • Your Head of Year (Mr Marsden/Miss Heggs/Mr Clark/Mrs Wright/Mrs Smith)
  • Email your pastoral team by clicking here: pastoral@brockington.leics.sch.uk
  • Contacting Childline on 0800 1111
  • Anti Bullying Alliance live chat widget – click here to talk to a trained counsellor

Remember: you must tell someone. As long as you tell someone they will make sure the school knows, and we can help.

Voice It

Please use the box below to report any incidents of bullying, either to yourself or that you have witnessed around the college. The name box on this is optional and you can remain completely anonymous if you wish.

Your Name (optional)

Your Email

Your Message

What is the capital letter of j? 

All incidents will be treated seriously and appropriate action will be taken.

If we don’t know, nothing can be done to help you and STOP it!!

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Health

Health


Medicines Guidance for Parents/Carers
Downloadable Medicines Form
Head Lice – information and guidance

If you have concerns about your health, there are people you can go to for advice. Remember, by ‘Health’ we mean your body and your mind. You may be physically well but anxious, or unhappy. So, where can you get help or support?

  • Your parents
  • An adult you trust
  • School Health Co-ordinator
  • Your tutor
  • Pastoral Managers
  • Your Head of Year
  • School Nurse: ChatHealth Text Service 07520 615 378 – available to 11-19yr olds Monday – Friday 9am-4pm
  • Contact the pastoral team etc
  • Websites such as KidsHealth.org or NHS LiveWell
Healthy Eating

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. It can be simple, too. Just follow these eight tips to get started.
The two keys to a healthy diet are:

  • Eat the right number of calories for how active you are, so that you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use. If you eat or drink too much, you’ll put on weight. If you eat too little you’ll lose weight. The average man needs around 2,500 calories a day. The average woman needs 2,000 calories. Most adults are eating more calories than they need, and should eat fewer calories.  For teenagers (11-14 yrs) it is slightly lower, with Boys needing 2,220 and girls 1,845 calories per day.
  • Eat a wide range of foods to ensure that you’re getting a balanced diet and that your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs.

Try to follow these 8 simple guidelines:

  • Base your meals on starchy foods
  • Eat lots of fruit and veg
  • Eat more fish
  • Cut down on saturated fat and sugar
  • Eat less salt
  • Get active and be a healthy weight
  • Don’t get thirsty
  • Don’t skip breakfast

For more info please click here.

Exercise

Everyone can benefit from regular exercise. people who are active will:

  • have stronger muscles and bones
  • have a leaner body because exercise helps control body fat
  • be less likely to become overweight
  • decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
  • possibly lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels
  • have a better outlook on life

Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, teenagers who are physically fit sleep better and are better able to handle physical and emotional challenges — from running to catch a bus to studying for a test.

Finding an activity they are interested in can be tough, but there are a whole range of activity experiences available, just find one that suits. Look at the local leisure centre or community centre at what courses and activities they offer. Even going out on a bike ride or for a walk in the evenings can help!

Sleep & Relaxation

Most teens need about 8½ to more than 9 hours of sleep each night. The right amount of sleep is essential for anyone who wants to do well on a test or play sports without tripping over their feet. Unfortunately, though, many teens don’t get enough sleep.

Until recently, teens were often given a bad rap for staying up late, oversleeping for school, and falling asleep in class. But recent studies show that adolescent sleep patterns actually differ from those of adults or kids.

These studies show that during the teen years, the body’s circadian rhythm (sort of like an internal biological clock) is temporarily reset, telling a person to fall asleep later and wake up later. This change in the circadian rhythm seems to be due to the fact that the brain hormone melatonin is produced later at night for teens than it is for kids and adults. This can make it harder for teens to fall asleep early.

These changes in the body’s circadian rhythm coincide with a time when we’re busier than ever. For most teens, the pressure to do well in school is more intense than when they were kids, and it’s harder to get by without studying hard. And teens also have other time demands — everything from sports and other extracurricular activities to fitting in a part-time job to save money for college.

Early start times in some schools may also play a role in this sleep deficit. Teens who fall asleep after midnight may still have to get up early for school, meaning that they may only squeeze in 6 or 7 hours of sleep a night. A couple hours of missed sleep a night may not seem like a big deal, but can create a noticeable sleep deficit over time.

How do I know if I’m getting enough?  You are not if you experience any of the following:

  • difficulty waking up in the morning
  • inability to concentrate
  • falling asleep during classes
  • feelings of moodiness and even depression

It is essential that students are prepared for a day of learning. Their minds need to be fully focussed and awake.  Here are some things that may help you to sleep better:

  • Set a regular bedtime.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Avoid stimulants. ( Coffee, fizzy drinks, energy drinks)
  • Relax your mind. Unwind by keeping the lights low.
  • Don’t nap too much.
  • Avoid all-nighters.
  • Create the right sleeping environment.
  • Wake up with bright light.

NHS – Junk Sleep

Conditions in School

Allergies: NHS Information | Anaphylaxis UK
Asthma: NHS Information | Asthma UK Advice Line (0800 121 6244)
Diabetes: NHS Information | Diabetes UK (0845 120 2960)
Epilepsy: NHS Information | Epilepsy Action (0808 800 5050)
Eczema: NHS Information | National Eczema Society (0800 0891122)

Infections in School

Health Protection Agency
NHS Direct
Immunisations

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Family

Family


Whilst most families are supposed to have a kind and caring relationship, it is not uncommon for families to have times where they do not get along (even in families that very rarely argue).

Some of the things related to your family which you may be worrying about are:

  • Parents arguing with each other
  • Arguments with your parents/stepparents or carers
  • Arguments with your brothers and/or sisters
  • Parents separating or getting divorced
  • Abuse – Sexual, emotional or physical
  • Problems with drugs or alcohol
  • Domestic violence
  • Neglect
  • Money worries
  • Children being taken into care
  • Cultural differences

If you are concerned about any of the above the best thing you can do is talk to someone.  Who could you talk to?

  • An adult you trust
  • A friend
  • Your form tutor
  • A Pastoral Manager (Mrs Underwood/Mrs Heath/Mr Mayes/Mr Coombes)
  • Your Head of Year (Mr Marsden/Miss Heggs/Mr Clark/Mrs Wright/Mrs Smith)
  • Email your pastoral team by clicking here: pastoral@brockington.leics.sch.uk
  • Contacting Childline on 0800 1111

Childline Website

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Cyber-bullying & E-Safety

Cyberbullying is the use of the Internet and other technologies such as mobile phones and devices which can send and upload messages/images in a way which is intended to cause harm other people, in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner.

At Brockington College cyber-bullying is treated as a very seriously and is dealt with in the same way, and with the same severity, that we deal with incidents of any other form of bullying.  So that we can help you to ensure the bullying stops you must tell someone!

Who could you tell?

  • Your parents
  • An adult you trust
  • A friend
  • Your form tutor
  • A Pastoral Manager (Mrs Wright/Mrs Robinson/Mrs Heath)
  • Your Head of Year (Mrs Dobbins/Miss Heggs/Mr Clark)
  • Email your pastoral team by clicking here: pastoral@brockington.leics.sch.uk
  • Contacting Childline on 0800 1111

More information on cyber-bullying can be found below:

Simple Steps to Online Safety (***new***)

InternetMatters.org | E-Safety Tips for Parents of… 11-13 Year Olds & 14+ Year Olds

Childline Cyber-Bullying Information

Facebook Checklist (***new***)

Kidscape

Digizen Video on Cyberbullying

Whilst Brockington College makes every effort to protect you from unsuitable content on the internet and via email we realise that a large number of you use the net outside of the school environment.  Please have a look through the information below to make sure you use the internet in a safe and responsible way.

General Information

Social Networking

Anti-Virus Software

It is important to ensure your computer is free of viruses and spyware at all times to keep it running as well as possible.  Whilst there are a number of paid options from companies such as Symantec and Sophos, there are also a number of free alternatives.  Whilst we cannot advise one anti-virus over another (as everyone’s needs differ) we have listed a couple of the more popular free ones below for people with no anti-virus at all:

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School Work

School Work


You are at school to learn, but that doesn’t mean that learning can’t be fun.  If you feel like your having a hard time or are struggling with your work have a look at some of the advice offered by the BBC below.  If none of this helps there is no need to suffer on your own.  Talk to your parents, form tutor or a member of the pastoral team (pastoral@brockington.leics.sch.uk) to see what help and guidance they can offer:

{ I’m doing really badly }

Everyone has problems with schoolwork sometimes. Try to keep things in perspective.  Getting one or two bad grades doesn’t mean you’ll fail your Assessments. Work out why it’s happening and how you can fix it.

{ I’m really stressed out by homework }

Homework can seem never-ending and you need to find ways of managing your time effectively. Study somewhere quiet away from the TV and other distractions and make sure you don’t leave it all to the last minute.

{ How can I motivate myself in subjects I hate? }

If you hate a subject you’ll probably never learn to love it. However, with a good range of qualifications you’ll stand out from the crowd when you apply for jobs and college so it’s worth doing your best in all your subjects.

There are lots of websites offering study support and you should ask your teachers for advice – they’re there to help you learn.

{ I’ve got problems at home }

If something at home or in your personal life is worrying you, it can distract you from your schoolwork. Talk about it to your family and friends or a teacher you trust. Alternatively, call ChildLine – they won’t judge you and won’t tell anyone about your call.

If you’ve missed classes for any reason, talk to your teacher about what you can do to catch up.

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Dealing with Emotions

Some people deal with stress in the right way; by doing exercise, spending time with friends or relaxing by themselves.  Others don’t deal with it in the same way and can sometimes make bad decisions that put themselves and others at risk.

Stress can be caused by:

Low self-esteem   ~   Domestic Violence   ~   Anxiety   ~   Poor body image   ~   School Pressures   ~   Drug and Alcohol Misuse   ~   Bullying   ~   Depression   ~   Relationship Problems

It often helps to talk to someone about why you are stressed in order to break the pattern and overcome the condition.  This could be any of the people below:

  • Your parents
  • An adult you trust
  • A friend
  • Your form tutor
  • A Pastoral Manager (Mrs Robinson/Mrs Heath/Mr Mayes/Mr Coombes)
  • Your Head of Year (Mrs Dobbins/Miss Heggs/Mr Clark/Mrs Wright/Mrs Smith)
  • Email your pastoral team by clicking here: pastoral@brockington.leics.sch.uk
  • Contacting Childline on 0800 1111

Here is some information from the Childline Self-Harm website, with some suggestions of things which may help you deal with your situation in a better way:

{ Feeling angry? }

You could try: screwing up paper and throwing it, snapping twigs, running, doing some exercise, squeezing clay, hitting a rolled up newspaper on a door frame, screaming, crying, or a cold shower.

{ Do you feel like you hate yourself or that you’re not good enough (low self-esteem)? }

You could try: having a bath, listening to music, burning incense, phoning a friend, writing, painting, or listing good things about yourself.

{ Do you feel like you can’t control things in your life? }

You could try: organising something, cleaning or tidying, solving a puzzle, setting a target time.

{ Do you feel numb or like a ‘zombie’? }

You could try: being around people who make you feel good, craft activities, make a photo collage, focusing on something like breathing, playing an instrument, baking, playing computer games.

{ Do you feel like you want to escape from your life or a difficult situation? }

You could try a hot or cold shower, drawing on the body with red pen, massaging lotion into your skin, squeezing ice cubes or biting on lemon for the “shock factor,” or painting nails.