310 9Th June Godolphin School By Ash Mills

Pastoral tips for Parents

Parents often ask us for advice concerning different issues and worries parents may have around their daughter and adolescence.

Here are some useful tips including copies of presentations used in workshops, help sheets you can print off and links to useful websites. We also run a series of seminars and workshops for parents, so keep an eye out as they will be promoted on our website and in The Blue Pinny.


Deputy Head Patoral, Jenny Price, as created an information page on 'How to stay safe & stay mindful during COVID-19'

With remote learning now perhaps on one side as we enter the Easter 'holiday', I think it's more important than ever that we stay in touch and share our thoughts and experiences.

We have made a page with some ideas, websites, resources and suggestions as to how we might navigate these uncharted times. Remember at Godolphin, your support network is still here and we will respond to you as soon as we can.

Other suggestions can be found here: 'How to look after ourselves whilst we're at home' calendar, Action for Happiness, Active Coping Calendar, Free Celebrity Classes for Kids in Lockdown, Mr Dain's 30 Challenges.

We hope you enjoy our recommendations and don't forget to keep in touch! Please email any photos/videos of experiences you would like to share to events@godolphin.org.

The Mental Health Foundation have shared this useful page on 'How too look after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak'. The page includes tips on working from home, financial worries, mental health and how to speak with your children about the outbreak.

YoungMinds have shared information on 'How to support your child if they are feeling anxious about Coronavirus'. It has useful tips and resources to help.

Psychology Today have shared a page titled 'This Is the New Normal: A COVID-19 survival guide for parents of tweens and teens'.

The UK Safer Internet Centre have shared a information page on 'Keeping children happy and safe online during COVID-19'.

James Shone is offering free online one to one mentoring support.

'I am conscious that for many of us we have been forced in to a space that we have never been in before and to that end I would love to support families (adults, teenagers or younger children) with free mentoring sessions which I’ll now be conducting online. If you know of anyone who is needing support please do share this email.'

Book an appointment or contact James with any questions by emailing enquiries@icanandiam.com.

YoungMinds have released a helpful article titled 'Talking to your child about Coronavirus' and supplied parents with Ten Tips from their Parent Helpline.

Bob Tait's video regarding Drug Education is below.

Bob Tait, Drug Education UK

Snapchat is a social media platform very popular with young people. They have introduced the feature Use My Eyes Only for privacy on the app. The guide for How to Use My Eyes Only is here.

Dr Kathy Weston has 15 years experience as a social researcher with a particular interest in parenting, education and family life. Dr Weston has created a useful guide on buying your child's first phone, view the guide here.

National Online Safety have created great 'What you need to know about...' posters which provide top tips for parents on the use of various social media platforms. Click the link to view the following: Online Grooming, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Sexting.

John Perry is Principal Teaching Fellow in Healthcare Communication, Lead for Communication Skills Theme and for Student Selected Units in Peer Teaching and Counselling Skills. The presentation from his talk 'Stress Management, Emotional Intelligence and Resilience' can be found here. We also have links to his Mind Your Language exercise, The Facebook Experiment and The Fusion Model's Blackboard Technique for sleep. He also recommended reading the article 'How does breathing make you feel more relaxed?' and information on Insomnia.

For the Common Sense Guide's 'Parents Ultimate Guide to TikTok', follow this link.

Dr Claire Hardaker joined us for our GO Parent: Mental Health and Well-being conference. She has provided us with some information on the risks and realities of young people online.

Satveer Nijjar who came to speak at Godolphin's GO Parent: Mental Health and Well-being day has provided us with some useful websites and apps for people struggling with self-harm.

Alicia Drummond from Teen Tips spoke to girls about Friendships & Relationships. Teen Tips offers practical support for parents and schools.

From Karl Hopwood's talk on e-safety, here is a session for parent's on online safety.

An emotionally healthy approach to GCSEs: a guide for parents provides good advice for parents of Fifth Year students.

Digital Wellbeing is a helpful guide for parents, which was created as part of Childnet’s work in the UK Safer Internet Centre. It is about the impact that the online world can have on the lives of young people. There are some tips on supporting children at different ages. Another article regarding safe internet use can be found here.

Bob Tait travels the country talking to youngsters with the most up to date information regarding alcohol, drug use, (including supply and possession), the law and making it very clear that every individual is responsible for their own decisions. His talk at Godolphin focused on Substance Misuse Education and Legal Ages and the Law.

From CWMT News, here is an article about Social media and teenagers- a practical approach.

Natasha Devon MBE is a guru in Mental Health and consults with a range of experts in the field of psychology, neuroscience, body image and mental health. She was also Mental Health Advisor to the Government. She has provided us with her Mental Health Reading List following her visit to the school. We would also recommend following Natasha Devon on Twitter.

#UKPastoralChat, Pastoral Periodic is a great source of information for practical ideas on and activity on parenting by professionals in this field.

Teenagers Translated – Teenagers Translated is a website offering help, support and advice about parenting and understanding teenagers. (Jayne Downshire, founder of Teenagers Translated spoke to Godolphin parents in 2016.) Digital Awareness – Digital Awareness UK offers tips about what to do if your child feels they are being bullied and gives advice on how to keep them safe online.

10 ways to manage screen time by Digital Awareness UKPublished on Apr 22, 2017

HMC and Digital Awareness UK have produced Tech Control, a groundbreaking video on digital addiction which will form part of new classroom resources to help children to use digital devices responsibly.

NSPCC – the UK’s leading children’s charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover. This website provides useful tips for parents that are concerned their child is being bullied.In partnership with O2, the NSPCC has launched a new aspect of their Share Aware campaign, supporting parents to help keep their children safe online. Share Aware gives straightforward, step- by-step advice to help teach children how to make the right decisions online, even when their parents aren’t there. The campaign aims to drive frequent and informed conversations between parents and their children around online safety. The NSPCC has also recently updated their Net Aware guide, site and app, providing parents and professionals with an overview of safety and age appropriateness of all the sites and apps that young people use. Youngminds – the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Driven by their experiences they campaign, research and influence policy and practice.

Living together at Godolphin This document highlights the Safeguarding Policy for pupils at Godolphin. LawStuff is run by Coram Children’s Legal Centre, and provides free legal information to young people. If you have any concerns about your daughter or you would like more advice, please get in touch to contact me, or alternatively, Sister Gill in the Health Centre.

Jenny Price
Deputy Head Pastoral