Parenting Pointers

Healthy Minds

The Duchess of Cambridge to lead an online assembly on mental wellbeing among children

Tomorrow,Thursday 18th June, the Duchess of Cambridge will lead an online assembly for the Oak National Academy during which she will speak about the importance of mental wellbeing among children. The theme of the Duchess’ assembly is ‘spread a little kindness’ and is based on a lesson plan which is available on the Mentally Healthy Schools platform. This platform was developed in collaboration with children’s mental health charity Place2Be and encourages children to explore ways in which they can show kindness and recognise the benefits of kindness to others.

The Mentally Healthy Schools platform can be accessed here:

The assembly will be live on the Oak National Academy website at 11am on Thursday 18 June and can be accessed here:

A recording of the assembly will be available to view on the Oak National Academy website following the event.



Wondering how to talk to your child about the virus that is sweeping the world? Click on the links below for some helpful thoughts and ideas:


How can you help to support your child? Maybe by: limiting time allowed on electronics, eating dinner together around a table, talking about the day, sharing a book or going for a walk. Always try to focus on the positives and never go to bed on an argument!

Click on the links below for further top tips and links to useful websites…



Managing Behaviour

Are you struggling to manage challenging behaviour at home? Please do not feel alone.  Modelling a calm approach when a situation becomes difficult is sometimes a huge ask but can often be the most effective way of bringing things back under control. Talk to your child, don’t shout. Give clear and firm instructions. Praise positive behaviour choices.See the source image

We will continue to build on resources below that may be of help…

Safe Online


As we all adapt to Home Learning and working a lot more online, please access these websites for support for you in keeping your child safe online.

O2 NSPCC Bookmark

We are getting more and more parents who dislike seeing inappropriate activity on social media pages including the Nursling Mum’s and Dad’s Facebook page which is not run by the school. We thank all our parents who are following the home-school agreement and for bringing screenshots of these activities to our attention.

In response to this we have created a new information sheet for parents with some helpful information, guidance and expectations on it. Please click on this link to access… Information for parents on use of social media.

If we are made aware that a particular person has posted inappropriately, we will write a letter to that person asking them to remind themselves of the home-school agreement and will enclose the information sheet for parents. Please be responsible for your actions.

Click on the links below to get some helpful hints and tips about keeping your child safe online.

There is a lot of talk at the moment about children being hacked whilst playing games. It is vital you are vigilant and keep a very close eye on what your children are playing and who they are talking to online. This website link has a wealth of up to date information on it for parents: