Results day & School Leavers 2020
This year A-Level results day is on 13th August, with GCSE results a week later on 20th August. Hopefully many individuals will have a clear idea of what their next step is going to be.
However, the current health situation may have left some school leavers unsure about their plans for September, and where they can go for advice.
The school will likely have something in place via a School Careers Advisor so please ensure people are making use of this. If you are still having trouble accessing support, the Employability and Skills Unit are currently working to ensure that as many young people as possible make a smooth transition with this. If you know any school leavers who don’t have a firm offer, and want help with this transition, get in touch, as the team work closely with colleges and training providers.
- Did you realise that school or college leavers, who are under 18, unemployed and do not have a course or training programme to start in September 2020, may be entitled to claim Extension to Child Benefit? However, there is a time limit in which a claim can be registered.
For more information on available opportunities or to find out about Extension to Child Benefit, contact the Employability and Skills Team on 0800 7076384 or email KeepInContactTeam@essex.gov.uk
Targeted Youth Advisors working with the Youth Offending Service
Further to the announcement in the last newsletter, two experienced Targeted Youth Advisers (Kate Lincoln and Mike Hector) are aligned with the Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme of Essex Youth Offending Service. They have been working throughout the county during lockdown with high risk young people by both supporting them as well as the equally important role of public safety. Initially starting with spot checks, as the lockdown eases, more time has been spent on longer sessions around employability and education, along with discussions around healthy relationships, life skills and supporting young people's’ emotional health.
We are hoping this new partnership will bring a mutual benefit to both services in supporting some of our more vulnerable young people in Essex.
Detached Youth Work during Covid 19
Since March, staff from Essex Youth Service have adapted to provide support and guidance to young people across the county.
As soon as action was permitted, detached youth work sessions were put in place in local parks, housing estates and community areas. The weekly programme has enabled young people (13-19 years) to let us know how they are doing and for support, guidance and signposting to be provided where appropriate. Partnership agencies including Essex Police and local youth organisations have been supporting this work across the North East, Mid, South and West of the county.
As well as ‘checking in’ with young people, we have been publicising our weekly Zoom sessions for those who wish to access online activities. As these last few months have had an impact on many people, we are also providing time and space for young people to express concerns they may be having with issues such as school, their local environment, changes in daily life and related fears and experiences.
We will continue to follow government guidelines as lockdown restrictions ease, while developing our work and ensuring Essex Youth Service plays in key role in supporting young people to be happy, healthy and safe.
Early Intervention work
We are pleased to announce that for the next 12 months, we are now in a position to extend our age range for a few of our targeted projects. In addition to the current age ranges, we will be accepting referrals for 10-14 year olds on:
Sisters in Strength - mentoring programme for girls and young women who are at risk of entering into an abusive relationship
Goodman Project - a male mentoring programme for boys and young men who are at risk of entering into abusive relationships in the future and/or are at current risk within an abusive relationship
Prison No Way - educating young people by exploring the realities of crime and offering real practical insight into the consequences including risk of youth violence
The delivery method for some of these may need to be delivered virtually and online.
To find out more detail, visit the Schools section on our website or click on the relevant links above.
ONE MILLION HOURS OF DOING GOOD
With the country starting to get back on its feet, and lockdown slowly being lifted, everyone - from your neighbours to the local shops - is going to need a little more help to get back to whatever ‘normal’ is going to be. But what if you want to help, but aren’t quite sure how to do that?
Well, this is your chance to help get the country back to business, once it’s safe to do so. All you have to do is make a pledge to donate some of your time over July and/or August through volunteering and social action. You’ll pick up new skills, help rebuild local communities, create positive change and get all of our futures off to a good start.
Sounds good right? Sign up today and let us know when you’re available, and we’ll get in touch as soon as we can with opportunities to get involved with.
And, if you have any questions about getting involved, check out our FAQs.
Detached Youth Work in North East Essex
As lockdown restrictions has eased, the North-East Youth Service Team have been doing detached youth work in various areas across the Tendring and Colchester districts, including Mersea, Tiptree, Colchester, Harwich, Clacton-on-Sea, Walton, and Frinton! We have so far met with groups of young people whilst following social distancing and talking to them about how they are finding lockdown, any stresses for their work and education, as well as sharing what we are doing in our online work. We have partnered up with local organisations which helps show the young people how many organisations are available for them if they need support. If you would like to find out more about our detached work in the North East, please contact Patrick.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Essex Youth Service Annual Data Report 2020
The below graphic is from the Youth Service annual data report. It includes some of the amazing achievements that the Essex Youth Service have achieved in the year 2019. To read the full report please visit our website.
Rochford District Youth Council are giving young people a voice to make a difference
Rochford District Council is now approaching its 3rd year and is building on the successes of the young people and their passion for their peers, their district and the issues that affect both.
The Youth Council aims to give younger people a voice in the community, to make a difference. You need to be aged between 12-18 to take part.
This is excellent opportunity for all younger people to have their say about issues that affect them and their communities. The Youth Council aims to raise the profile of young people to ensure that local decision makers recognise that younger people are the future generation and are an important part in the District’s future.
For more information, visit their webpage.
Lead nurse Jack Saunders talks about about Covid-19
During the lockdown period, we were extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to talk to Jack Saunders, the lead nurse for children and young people at the Spire Hartswood Hospital, an independent hospital in Brentwood.
Some of the topics discussed included:
- How we can do our bit to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, which was essentially to keep following the government advice
- He explained to us what ‘flattening the curve’ really means – we’re trying to take as many preventative measures as possible to lower the death rate so the ‘curve’ does not get so high but this also means that COVID-19 could be around for longer and that ultimately, there won’t be a hard and fast solution to it until a vaccine is developed
- He explained to us how his hospital is a ‘clean hospital’ during the outbreak – they are no longer admitting patients with COVID-19 and are instead taking on units from other local hospitals, such as cancer and dermatology, to continue normal hospital services, whilst other hospitals focus on containing the virus. Many of us didn’t realise this partnership between the private and public healthcare sectors was developing during the outbreak, so that was really interesting to discover!
We’re very grateful to Jack for giving up his time to talk to us, especially as this is such a busy, stressful time for key workers like nurses. Prior to meeting with the whole YEA, the South Essex YEA group were exploring the possibility of developing a project with Jack. We’re all looking forward to seeing how that project grows and develops in the future!
Young Carers staff enjoying zoom sessions with young people
Young Carers in West have been having a great time on their Zoom calls throughout the COVID-19 period. These have included visits from Gamcare and Creation Station, Quizzes, Games and lots of fun! It’s a great chance for young carers to take part in respite activities without leaving their home and to catch up with their key worker.
As our library buildings begin opening in tranches you can still access your library from home with the amazing resources from Essex Library Services online, all free of charge with your library membership! BorrowBox offers thousands of e-books and e-audiobooks from bestselling authors, such as Cassandra Clare and James Patterson. If you prefer comics and magazines then RB Digital is your one-stop shop! With magazines such as Heat and Men’s Health, and comics from publications such as Marvel, DC and Disney, there’s plenty to keep you entertained! Maybe you’ve read all the books, eaten all the snacks and are still twiddling your thumbs! Why not learn a new skill, language or hobby with our free online courses. There is so much you can get with your library membership, you’d be silly not to check out our website.
Not a member of Essex Libraries? Join online now.
OFSTED Inspector Michelle Winter answers your questions about schools and education
Michelle Winter, a Senior Her Majesty’s Inspector who oversees OFSTED school inspections in the East of England, came to our YEA meeting on Zoom to answer any questions we had about schools and education. She was very willing to listen to us and answer our questions, which was great!
Some of the things that were discussed included:
- Attendance policy – before COVID-19, students could be recorded as having an unauthorised absence for a cough or cold and as coughing is a symptom of COVID-19, Michelle said that there would possibly be room for leeway in this policy once schools re-open
- Reasons behind OFSTED ratings – Michelle explained the changes in OFSTED inspection policies which have made OFSTED reports much shorter, meaning the reasons for why a school has been rated a certain way should be very clear and exact under the different sections of the report
- Schools rated Outstanding – currently, there is no rule saying OFSTED must re-inspect Outstanding schools and generally, OFSTED will only re-inspect an Outstanding school if they receive serious complaints about it, something OFSTED are pushing the government to change
- Although this hasn’t been confirmed by the DfE, Michelle believes there will be some leeway for students whose studies have been impacted by COVID-19 when it comes to next year’s exams
- There were concerns raised about teaching being biased towards certain viewpoints in subjects like History, RE and Politics and Michelle explained the in-depth processes of how OFSTED would assess this
It was a really productive, interesting conversation and we are very grateful to Michelle for giving up her time to offer her professional opinion on young people’s concerns. As well as answering our questions, she was also very keen to ask us some questions about our experiences with OFSTED in the future, so we’re really excited about continuing this partnership with OFSTED!
Essex Youth Service hopes everyone is staying safe and keeping well during these strange times.