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Information for Parents

East Coast College firmly believes that working together with parents and carers is very important, even after the age of 16.

Parents of new students are invited to a special introductory Parents Evening in October and another is held in the early Spring/Summer term to enable parents to meet subject staff and discuss progress. You will also receive two reports on your son or daughter’s progress.

For more information, select one of the options from the drop down menu below.

East Coast College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The College has measures in place to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults. If you have any concerns please contact Student Services (Great Yarmouth campus) or the Advice Centre (Lowestoft campus).

Anti-bullying Policy
East Coast College is committed to providing a supportive, friendly, safe and positive environment free from offensive behaviour. Bullying of any kind is therefore not tolerated and disciplinary action will follow.

Term 1
5th September – 21st October
31st October – 16th December

Term 2
3rd January – 10th February
20th February – 31st March

Term 3
19th April – 26th May (Great Yarmouth Campus only) 
5th June – 1st July

New GCSEs will be graded 9–1, rather than A*–G. Grade 9 is the highest grade, set above the current A*. The new system is intended to help provide more differentiation, especially among higher achieving students.

The grades will be given for the first time in 2017 exam results, for specifications that first started teaching in 2015. By 2019, all GCSE results will be using the new system.

Source: http://www.aqa.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/policy/gcse-and-a-level-changes/9-1

E-Safety
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-to-technology

http://www.safenetwork.org.uk/help_and_advice/parenting/Pages/safeguarding-advice-parents-carers.aspx

E-Safety for Students with Additional Needs
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Listing/?cat=203,205,206,208,215&ref=13225

Substance Misuse
http://www.talktofrank.com/drugs-a-z

http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/parentsandyouthinfo/parentscarers/alcoholdrugs-parents.aspx

Legal Highs
On 6th April 2016, the law on legal highs will change. People may continue to talk about legal highs, but the legal term will be ‘Psychoactive Substances’. The new Act will make it an offence to produce, supply or offer to supply any psychoactive substance if the substance is likely to be used for its psychoactive effects and regardless of its potential for harm. However, possession will not be an offence, only importing, exporting or the intent to supply.

Mental Health
http://www.youngminds.org.uk/

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/c/children-and-young-people

Coping with Self-Harm

http://www.psych.ox.ac.uk/news/new-guide-for-parents-who-are-coping-with-their-child2019s-self-harm-2018you-are-not-alone2019/coping-with-self-harm-guide.pdf

Suffolk Family Carers

http://www.suffolkfamilycarers.org/

Fact Sheets for Children in Care
The Who Cares? Trust is a voice for children and young people either in care or are care leavers. In the autumn of 2015, the Trust set up an advice line (020 7017 8901) and have now published three factsheets in response to the issues that frequently come up.

The Who Cares? Trust website has really useful resources for young people and professionals. In addition the Trust have another website, Propel, aimed specifically at supporting care leavers who wish to consider university.

Education Healthcare Plans
Suffolk local offer: http://infolink.suffolk.gov.uk/kb5/suffolk/infolink/localoffer.page?localofferchannel=0

Access Unlimited: https://www.access-unlimited.co.uk/education/special-educational-needs/

SEND reforms: http://www.suffolklearning.co.uk/3-11-learning-teaching/special-education/send-reform

Suffolk Safeguarding Board
http://suffolkscb.org.uk/assets/files/2014/16403-SCB-Keeping-Children-Safe-DL-LR.pdf

http://suffolkscb.org.uk/assets/files/2014/2011-12-09-11518-SCB-Support-for-families-6pp-DL-lr.pdf

Sexual Health
http://parentinfo.org/articles/sex-and-relationships/all

Extremism
http://www.thesource.me.uk/search-for-help-support-and-services/life-online/extremism/

http://www.suffolkscb.org.uk/assets/files/2015/2015-06-12-Vulnerable-to-Radicalisation-Referral-and-Channel-Guidance.pdf

More information on these duties can be found on the Government’s website at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prevent-duty-guidance

The following document shows how police, partners and communities can counter violent extremism on the pathway to terrorism:
https://www.victvs.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Victvs-Parents-Guide-to-Extremism-and-Radicalisation-PRINT-Ver2.pdf

and the Government's strategy document :
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/97976/prevent-strategy-review.pdf

http://educateagainsthate.com/