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11/02/21

Children used a traditional game of hide and seek to give them a break from lockdown learning. Children of key worker parents have been working with resident artist and high-level teaching assistant Karen Hopps. https://t.co/jDWqZ5GHze https://t.co/SXl6Kg4Lcj

04/02/21

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If teaching from home is leaving you with aches and pains, try Sarah Power's quick and easy chair yoga exercises https://t.co/jrEu74Dq0z

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04/02/21

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BMAT have vacancies for an IT Technician and a Senior IT Technician based in Harlow with frequent travel to Harlow and Epping schools. For more information visit - https://t.co/GJjumrMOBP https://t.co/tnjVlXa7rc

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29/01/21

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Out Now! The new issue of Latitude - The magazine for BMAT Schools, Parents and Communities. Read it online here - https://t.co/aqc2Xy6VVz https://t.co/Q0yot71LNk

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14/01/21

If your child is due to start primary school in September 2021 don’t forget to submit your application by Friday 15th January. https://t.co/PF2ObFuwtx https://t.co/1V5YA1MZh2

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30/12/20

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BMAT are recruiting a new team to support the mass testing for COVID19 across our secondary schools in Newham (London), Harlow & Epping (Essex) and Stansted (Essex). Full details and application info: https://t.co/GJjumrMOBP https://t.co/l1QBVVnarb

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09/12/20

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Train to Teach with BMAT Education! A series of online events to help you get into teaching. For a full list of dates and links to join please visit https://t.co/wwbLPVwgYJ https://t.co/Or4B7zdpXv

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08/12/20

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Hundreds of families will receive much-needed food hampers from their child’s school to help them during the Christmas break. Essential food and Christmas goodies are being distributed to 895 Free School Meal families across BMAT’s schools in Essex. https://t.co/hZm8cE6hR4 https://t.co/dEWd9WMxJM

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02/12/20

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BMAT have a vacancy for an IT Technician based in Harlow with frequent travel to Harlow and Epping schools. For more information visit - https://t.co/S8JKVKTrRg https://t.co/4QQU3Ess2r

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20/11/20

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Due to the current postholder taking up a wider role within the trust, Magna Carta Primary Academy in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, have a vacancy for a Head of School/Headteacher. For more information visit - https://t.co/lkYgzc1sjg https://t.co/pIWASstmK6

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20/11/20

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BMAT have a vacancy for an IT Technician based in (Harlow) with frequent travel to Harlow and Epping schools. For more information visit - https://t.co/NRnG3NguSl https://t.co/bSepWad4dx

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11/11/20

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"Mark Hall Academy looks forward to the next phase of its development." in Harlow will be joining BMAT to oversee and steer the next phase of its development. https://t.co/5ZPUBnI3TY https://t.co/tA1ZeoPngc

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16/10/20

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Primary school children are working on their health & fitness thanks to an investment in gym equipment. (Harlow) (Stansted) each had an investment of £3k in outdoor facilities. https://t.co/pmuujHUYHC https://t.co/eWxBCny307

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06/10/20

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Out Now! The new issue of Latitude - The magazine for BMAT Schools, Parents and Communities. Read it online here - https://t.co/aqc2Xy6VVz https://t.co/yyC20xOlAN

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01/10/20

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Our Virtual Open Evening video is now available to watch again. View the video and find out more about Burnt Mill Academy here - https://t.co/0OTlly46I7 https://t.co/fLvo4rQoh5

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30/09/20

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OUR ONLINE OPEN EVENT IS TONIGHT! We'll be live from 7pm. To join the event, and to find out more about Burnt Mill Academy, please visit https://t.co/0OTlly46I7 https://t.co/vUG9fVKrNv

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29/09/20

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OUR ONLINE OPEN EVENT IS TOMORROW! We'll be holding a virtual open evening for 2021 admissions on Wednesday 30th September. For more information, to register your interest and to find out more about Burnt Mill Academy please visit https://t.co/0OTlly46I7 https://t.co/FeyTXc87Zq

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25/09/20

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BMAT have a vacancy for an Educational Welfare Officer based at designated academies across Essex. For more information visit -https://t.co/OdgRtVIcYA https://t.co/4PXjm8Pc3P

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23/09/20

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ONLINE OPEN EVENT - We'll be holding a virtual open evening for 2021 admissions on Wednesday 30th September. For more information, to register your interest and to find out more about Burnt Mill Academy please visit https://t.co/0OTlly46I7 https://t.co/cStT8yK1Yq

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15/09/20

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Our virtual open evening is tonight! You can access our live event at 5pm and find more information on Forest Hall School via https://t.co/jAXGCkZX8f https://t.co/TJManWsOYe

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Being mentally healthy does not just mean that you do not have a mental health problem. The Mental health foundation says that: If you are in good mental health, you can:

  • make the most of your potential.
  • cope with life
  • play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends.

Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it is just as important as good physical health.

Mental health is everyone’s business. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us.

Everyone is different. You may bounce back from a setback while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time. Your mental health does not always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life.

There is a stigma attached to mental health problems. This means that people feel uncomfortable about them and do not talk about them much. Many people do not even

feel comfortable talking about their feelings. But it is healthy to know and say how you are feeling.

At Freshwaters Primary Academy would like to contribute to make pupils, parents, carers, teachers, and our community healthier. We are all here to support you and your child at school and if you wish to speak to one of us about mental health and wellbeing, please call our school office on 01279 454688 or contact us via email: adminfrw@bmatfreshwaters.org.uk

DURING THIS CURRENT TIME OF CHANGE AND UNCERTAINTY, WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER A BANK OF USEFUL RESOURCES AND ONLINE LINKS TO HELP YOU AND YOUR CHILD:

Domestic abuse chat lines.

During the COVID-19 social isolation/social distancing period we know that there will be victims of domestic abuse living with the perpetrator who are not able to call others for support or help if needed. If this applies to you or someone you know, please consider the support below.

National Live chats and survivor forums.

Women’s Aid Survivors Forum: https://survivorsforum.womensaid.org.uk/

Women’s Aid Live Chat: https://chat.womensaid.org.uk/

Victim Support Live Chat: https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-and-support/get-help/support-near-you/live-chat

Essex based.

Changing Pathways - https://changingpathways.org/

Next Chapter https://www.thenextchapter.org.uk/

Perpetrator – Respect phone line (for any one worried they may be harming someone else) - 0808 8021414.

Little Havens Bereavement support line.

Havens Hospice Bereavement Support Line which was set up this week to support anybody who is bereaved directly or indirectly because of Coronavirus and is available to anybody living in Essex. Access the support here: https://www.havenshospices.org.uk/coronavirus-crisis-bereavement-line/.

If your family have been affected in this way, please let us know so we can support your family.

Useful Websites and agencies

The following are links to websites and agencies parents may consider helping their children understand the Coronavirus and the current situation we all find ourselves in. Thank you to the Essex Local Offer team for sourcing most of these websites. We will add more as we come across them:

UNICEF gives six ways parents can support their children: https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/6-ways-parents-can-support-their-kids-through-coronavirus-covid-19

Zero to Three includes at home activity guides: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3264-at-home-activity-guide

Zero to Three gives five tips to make the most of video chats: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/2535-five-tips-to-make-the-most-of-video-chats

Young Minds gives advice for young people and parents on the impact of Coronavirus on mental health: https://youngminds.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/youngminds-publishes-advice-for-young-people-and-parents-on-mental-health-impact-of-coronavirus/

Cosmic Kids Yoga for yoga and mindfulness activities: 
​https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

MIND give advice on the Coronavirus and wellbeing: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Anna Freud support young people during periods of disruption: https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/

Home Start give ideas of activities for families during self-isolation: https://www.home-start.org.uk/news/activities-for-families-during-self-isolation

Relate is a parent helpline and offers online counselling: https://www.relate.org.uk/relationship-help/talk-someone

The National College has released a free webinar ‘Self-Isolation and Mental Health: Practical Strategies for Managing and Supporting Staff and Pupil Wellbeing’: https://thenationalcollege.co.uk/webinars/self-isolation-and-mental-health-practical-strategies-for-managing-and-supporting-staff-and-pupil-wellbeing ü MindEd educational resources for adults about children and young people´s Mental Health, which is relevant for parents and carers as well as volunteers, teachers and other professionals working with children.

The EVERY MIND MATTERS platform which supports looking after your own and other’s mental health.

Here you will find guidance on looking after wellbeing and mental health during the coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak.

Here you will find GUIDANCE ON SUPPORTING CHILDREN’S WELLBEING AND MENTAL HEALTH.

Mental Health at Work have created a website called Our Frontline. This is to support key workers during this difficult time. Access the support here.

YMCA Essex is a charitable organisation that has served the community of Essex for many years. As ever, we stand ready to support children, young people, and families across the county during these difficult times. Should you need support, you can complete our request form and we will put you in touch with the right person or team that can speak with you and help you with any query, support or advice you may need just now. Alternatively, our Family Support, Digital Youth Work, Early Years Online and Housing and Welfare Benefits webpages may also help answer some of your queries and give you and your household additional suggestions on how to keep busy, active and healthy during the coming weeks and months. Access the resources here: http://www.ymcaessex.org.uk/coronavirus-response/

Leader in Me.

Leader in Me is an evidence-based, comprehensive-school improvement model—developed in partnership with educators—that empowers pupils with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. This is something we at Magna Carta are looking to become involved in. It is based on the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The owners, Franklin Covey have kindly made some resources free for parents and children to use at home while schools are closed. Click on the link to read more and to access the resources: https://www.leaderinme.org/family-resources/#section6

YCT - FREE counselling service for children and young people (ages 5 – 19) across West Essex. YCT are a well-established and locally respected mental health charity, has recently been commissioned by West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group to provide counselling support to children and young people throughout West Essex. The service will operate throughout West Essex, delivering from community sites in Harlow, Loughton, Waltham Abbey, Saffron Walden, Thaxted, Stansted.

  • Open Door Thurrock, Tel: 01375 389879, Mobile: 07964 420686
  • Community 360
  • Young Carers: Elizabeth Stead, Key Worker Young Carers (West), E: Elizabeth.stead@essex.gov.uk, M: 07827255975

DfE Wellbeing Resources. The DfE have published an extensive list of resources which are free of charge to support children's education at home. Here are the Wellbeing resources: Wellbeing

Medway local authority has created some excellent resources focusing on adult and children's mental health at this difficult time. Please find them in the Page Downloads below. Parents may wish to use the 'lesson plan' as a family.

CAFCASS Co-Parent Hub. A free online resource for separated families linking together expertise from across the family justice sector, has been launched. We have been working with colleagues at the Ministry of Justice to launch this website to help families maintain co-parenting arrangements during this uncertain and stressful time. The Co-Parent Hub can be accessed here.

Explaining to children about the coronavirus:

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html

COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing

World Health Organisation book for children (available as a download) https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/system/files/2020-04/My%20Hero%20is%20You%2C%20Storybook%20for%20Children%20on%20COVID-19.pdf

This book is available in other languages: https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/iasc-reference-group-mental-health-and-psychosocial-support-emergency-settings/my-hero-you-storybook-children-covid-19

The story has been adapted and UNICEF have uploaded it to You Tube: 

Ways to cope with the second lockdown:

Save the Children. Lots of tips and advice (including a downloadable comic): https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/what-we-do/coronavirus-information-advice

Mentally Healthy Schools leaflets (lots of useful links):

Anxiety toolkit: https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources/coronavirus-anxiety-toolkit-4/?page=1&IssuePageId=12639

CORONAVIRUS: dealing with the effects of lockdown toolkit: https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources/coronavirus-dealing-with-the-effects-of-lockdown-toolkit-5/?page=1&IssuePageId=12639

The World Health Organisation’s tips for parents during the Covid outbreak: https://www.who.int/campaigns/connecting-the-world-to-combat-coronavirus/healthyathome/healthyathome---healthy-parenting

The Educational Endowment Foundation’s resources for parents (including ideas to support home learning routines): https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/public/files/Publications/Covid-19_Resources/Resources_for_parents/Summary_of_Resources_-_Parents.pdf

The Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service (ECFWS) support for you and your family: www.essexfamilywellbeing.co.uk o https://essexfamilywellbeing.co.uk/covid-19-pandemic-resource-hub/

There are many more useful resources on the Magna Carta Primary Academy website and Cooks Spinney Primary Academy website.

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