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Living With Teenagers

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At Saddleworth we believe in supporting each student’s needs.  To do this successfully we need to work together with parents / carers in order to ensure that our students leave school as well rounded individuals that are ready for the next stage of their education and lives.  With that in mind, we offer parents an opportunity to be a part of our Parent Information Evening ‘Living with teenagers’.

The aim of this evening is to help parents understand their teenagers and give practical advice and strategies to use when facing the challenges that all parents / carers face.

In 2017, we held a ‘Living with teenagers’ evening and we invited guest speakers to give parents / carers an introduction into different aspects of their child’s life that we felt would be relevant to the current social and educational climate.

Following the feedback from 2017, our 2018 ‘Living with Teenagers’ evening provided practical guidance and open discussions surrounding a variety of scenarios, including Gaming and Pushing Boundaries.

In addition, you will find below the links to all of the information that was available at the ‘Living with Teenagers’ evening.

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A Parents’ Guide to Encouraging Reading

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As children get older, it is sometimes difficult to develop and maintain a love of reading for pleasure in a world so full of other distractions. However, as well as all the joy a good book can bring just by transporting us to another world, much research has been done into the impact independent reading can have on educational outcomes and our development as well-rounded people. These include:  

  • Wider general knowledge

  • Greater insight into human nature and decision-making

  • Better well-being and mental health

  • Improved reading and comprehension skills

  • Improved writing ability and more accurate spelling and grammar

  • Increased range of vocabulary

More on the benefits of reading can be found on the National Literacy Trust and The Reading Agency websites: https://readingagency.org.uk/ and https://literacytrust.org.uk

Research has also found:

  • There is a direct link between a child’s reading age and their life chances.

  • The more a child reads independently, the higher their reading age.

  • A child is more likely to read independently if there is a culture of reading at home.

How can you help your son or daughter to read more?

The importance of parents reading as role models is a key factor in encouraging young people to read. ‘Save the Children’ have promoted this in a video on the impact of reading for just ten minutes a day. See their film at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Orb6xXPPBKo

Boys in particular often struggle to see the value in reading as they get older. If you’re having difficulties encouraging your son to read, visit the Oxford Owls website, where Gary Wilson (who has visited our school in the past) has created an advice video on how you can help: www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/expert-help/encouraging-boys

Even listening to audio books can harness some of the benefits of reading, including the development of the imagination. On the World Book Day website (www.worldbookday.com), you’ll find thirty-seven extracts from a range of books for different age groups. Check this out in the ‘World of Stories’ section on their webpage.

 Tips from our students to encourage reading for pleasure include the following ideas:

  • Reading favourite film/sports stars’ or (the latest trend) YouTubers’ autobiographies

  • Reading sports reports in different newspapers/magazines

  • Reading a book which has also been made into a film (and deciding which is the best)

  • Reading for just ten minutes every night before going to sleep

  • Reading the same book as a friend and setting up a mini book group to discuss it. Alternatively, have a competition to see who can complete it first (honestly of course!).

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The World Book Day website has many other ideas to inspire reading, including the results of a nationwide survey to find people’s favourite books of all time. The completed project, called ‘Writes of Passage’, lists ‘fifty books which will change your life’ and includes titles such as ‘Of Mice and Men’, ‘War Horse’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ (and other books suitable for a range of ages/interests). See the whole list at www.worldbookday.com/writes-of-passage

If you’d like any more advice or want to share your thoughts, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mrs H. Michell (Language for Learning Coordinator): h.michell@saddleworthschool.org

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USEFUL LINKS

Parent magazine

Parents were given a copy of the magazine. Updated copies can be accessed online. https://parentzone.org.uk/Digital-Parenting-Magazine-order-here

Vodafone digital parent guide

A very a formative website to keep you up to date with your child’s use of social media, gaming and other technology. http://www.vodafone.com/content/digital-parenting.html/

Young Minds Website

Young Minds is an excellent website to help parents understand teenagers and their mental health.  https://youngminds.org.uk/?gclid=CNLB7fqfxdYCFUO37QodsN0NIQ

Relate on-line counselling

Children and Young People's Counselling website. https://www.relate.org.uk/relationship-help/help-children-and-young-people/children-and-young-peoples-counselling?gclid=EAIaIQobChMItu7u-J_F1gIVbrXtCh0nNQG9EAAYAiAAEgJEkfD_BwE

Brook Sexual Health

Brook has been at the forefront of providing wellbeing and sexual health support for young people for over 50 years. https://www.brook.org.uk/find-a-service/regions/oldham?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzem44KDF1gIVzrXtCh2OAA5oEAAYASAAEgK_lfD_BwE

Healthy Young Minds Oldham

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. At Healthy Young Minds Oldham (formerly CAMHS) they offer specialist services to children and young people who are experiencing mental health and emotional wellbeing difficulties. https://www.penninecare.nhs.uk/your-services/service-directory/oldham/specialist-services/healthy-young-minds-formerly-camhs/healthy-young-minds-oldham-child-and-adolescent-mental-health-services/

Early Help.

Free help for you and your family. Do you or a family member need practical help to support you to take control of your life? Do you and your family have difficulties such as housing, money, parenting, confidence, looking for work or want to improve an area of your life? They can provide you with an allocated Engagement Worker to help you develop the skills to help yourself. There are different levels of support available depending on your needs. https://www.positive-steps.org.uk/services-for-adults-and-families/early-he

Early Help Referral

This is a link to the early help referral. https://apps1.oldham.gov.uk/EarlyHelpReferral/EHR00Referral.aspx

National on line safety

Equip school staff, parents and pupils with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers. https://nationalonlinesafety.com/


Contact Us

If you would like any specific information or aspects adding to our 2019 ‘Living with Teenagers’, or feel you are in need of some support from our team, please email Mrs K Wolfenden on K.Wolfenden@saddleworthschool.org