DITCH THE LABEL is an online community which offers help and support regarding a wide range of issues relating to bullying for students and their families.
Click here to access the Ditch the Label website. This gives full access to their services, including a blog which has a wealth of support materials, interviews and guides on a wide range of topics.
Click here to access the Ditch the Label Community Forum. This is a safe online forum where you can sign up and post questions to get advice or give advice to each other going through similar issues. You can also speak to a digital mentor for support and advice.
During sad times in our lives when a loved one has past away it is often difficult for a young person to deal with emotions and the great sense of loss. The information below is designed to help a young person(s) come to terms with this loss and answer some of the more difficult questions that they might ask.
There are also websites attached to each document to help and support students during this time.
Emotional Wellbeing Platform for Students
Kooth.com is a free, online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for young people in Liverpool* aged 10 to 25. Their website can be accessed here Kooth.com
Kooth's website allows young people to gain anonymous access to advice, support and guidance on any issue that is affecting their wellbeing. From friendship or relationship issues, family disagreements or difficult home lives, to concerns around eating, anxiety, stress, depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts etc.
Their qualified counsellors are here to give young people the support they need, when they need it. Kooth's live chat service is available from Monday to Friday 12 noon - 10pm, Saturdays and Sundays 6pm - 10pm and is accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop, completely free of charge.
As well as being able to talk to counsellors, you can also connect with other young people in monitored forums or get self-help through an online magazine. The large variety of forum categories allows young people to anonymously share their issues and receive positive messages of advice and support from young people across the country.
Additional Support Resource
Shout is a 24/7 UK crisis text service available for times when you feel they need immediate support. By texting ‘SHOUT’ to ‘85258’ you will be put in touch with a trained Crisis Volunteer (CV) who will chat to you using trained techniques via text. The service is designed to help individuals to think more clearly and to take their next steps to feeling better.
Shout was publicly launched in May 2019, after a year long pilot phase. It is based on the successful US model Crisis Text Line. Shout is part of Mental Health innovations (MHI), which was founded in November 2017. MHI was set up following the success of The Royal Foundation’s ‘Heads Together’ campaign, which identified how utilising digital platforms and tools has huge potential to offer support services to individuals struggling with their mental health.
If you are in crisis and need immediate support, text SHOUT to 85258.
The NSPPC have re-shared their online safety resources for families:
We understand that improving attendance might sometimes require additional support and resources. If you need any support in assisting your child with their attendance then do not hesitate to contact the school.
Please find below information from the NHS and Liverpool City Council that may provide further guidance to you.
Regular school attendance is an important part of giving children the best possible start in life.
The aim should be to attend 100% of the time, however school attendance should not fall below 97% (this equates to 6 school days missed, or 30 lessons, in any academic year). Students who miss school frequently fall behind with their work and do less well in exams. Good attendance also shows potential employers that a young person is reliable.
Research suggests that students who attend school regularly could also be at less risk of getting involved in antisocial behaviour or crime. Below is a table showing how children’s percentage attendance equates to the amount of school time missed. It is also important to arrive at school on time. If a child arrives late to school every day, their learning begins to suffer. Below is a graph showing how being late to school every day over a school year adds up to lost learning time over one academic year.
Attendance during one school year Equivalent Days Equivalent Lessons
97% 6 days missed 30 lessons missed
95% 9 days missed 45 lessons missed
90% 19 days missed 95 lessons missed
85% 29 days missed 145 lessons missed
80% 38 days missed 190 lessons missed
70% 57 days missed 285 lessons missed
65% 67 days missed 335 lessons missed
Each year group has a dedicated Attendance Officer who will support students to return to school as soon as possible. Attendance Officers will also deal with all matters related to your child’s school attendance. They are
Year 7 Julie Magee
Year 8 Emily Kirlew-Howe
Year 9 Claire Fletcher
Year 10 Ashlea Forgacs
Year 11 Kellie Upton
Sixth Form Marie McCarty
Attendance Officers can be contacted on 0151 235 1200