With sub-zero temperatures, frozen mornings and bracing winds to contend with at this time of year, it can be difficult to understand why this term is called the spring term. Yet within a matter of weeks, the skies will clear, temperature rise and the first signs of the approaching summer will be upon us.
In terms of the school year, this change in the weather will also mark the half ways point of Key stage 4 for the students, a mark in time that comes all too quickly. The Year 10 students are performing extremely well at present; with predicted grades remain positive and attendance figures good. I do feel however that it is worth mentioning the increasing pressure that will fall upon the shoulders of the students over the coming months.
National figure for mental health referrals are at an all-time high. National media are increasing raising the aware of the damaging effect that the pressure of modern life are having on young people and the government are drawing up plans to transform the mental health services to address the needs of young people.
If you have any concerns regarding the children in your care, I would urge you to call for help, make contact with the school. I would also advise making use of the Young mind website (www.youngminds.org.uk) for advice and guidance. This site includes a dedicated Parental helpline - 0808 802 5544.
ChatHealth is a confidential Health line available to young people across Norfolk. Anyone between the ages of 11-19 can text the ChatHealth line to receive confidential and professional health advice.
ChatHealth offers support on a wide range of health related issues including relationships, healthy eating, smoking, bullying and coping with exam stress.
The ChatHealth text number is 07480 635060