Latest update, Wednesday 20 May
This letter to all parents has been sent out in the last few days:
There has been a lot of information relating to careers issued during the emergency, so we have collected the information together onto one page called Futures: Lockdown Updates.
Friday 15 May
Two additions to the website:
Thursday 7 May
Recent additions to the website:
This information is relevant for:
- Year 11, 12 and 13 students who were due to take exams this year
- parents/carers of students who are worried about their child’s next steps
- parents/carers who require support with their own career plans
TikTok has now been downloaded over 2 billion times. We have uploaded a PDF on our online-safety page, collecting into one place advice about the risks of TikTok and how to use it safely.
Monday 27 April
There is a new mental health helpline available for people of all ages — including children and young people — if you need urgent support.
It is open 24/7 and is staffed by dedicated mental health professionals. The number is 0300 303 3972.
Friday 24 April
These letters have been sent out to parents this week:
Monday 20 April
BBC Bitesize Daily launched today: daily lessons, podcasts, videos etc. New content every day. Programmes available on the website, on the BBC iPlayer and via the red button. We have added a link at the top of the home learning hub page.
Thursday 16 April
We have uploaded onto our online-safety page a factsheet about the Zoom video-conferencing app, which allows the user to meet people via video, audio or both. It has become extremely popular during the coronavirus emergency.
The factsheet includes information about what Zoom is and what some of the risks are for people using it. It also outlines some simple steps you can take to reduce those risks.
Wednesday 15 April
We have uploaded a message from the Health Services in Schools team about support for young people during the coronavirus emergency.
We have also added a link to the Shakespeare’s Globe site from our home learning hub page. They are uploading six classic productions to YouTube, each one for two weeks, including Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Hamlet is currently showing (until next Monday).
The BBC is about to massively increase its support for home learning, including daily lessons. This starts next Monday (20 April). More details to follow.
Tuesday 14 April
These letters have been sent out to parents in the last few days:
We have added some information about Edge Hill University’s outreach programme to the futures homepage, with information relevant to all year groups.
Edge Hill’s programme of live virtual sessions begins on Wednesday 15 April.
Monday 6 April
If you are a student or parent and have a query relating to careers, you can get in touch with Career Connect at the following email address:
They can help with advice, guidance and applications to post-16 providers.
Please put the name ‘Ridgeway’ in your email.
You can also contact careers adviser Kim Dickson directly on 07790921262.
Her email address is: Kim.Dickson@careerconnect.org.uk
Wednesday 1 April
We have uploaded the April issue of our online-safety newsletter. It has some really useful advice relating to home learning as well as information about other online risks and dangers.
The March issue is also online. Topics covered include TikTok, Snapchat, sexting and explicit-image sharing, and roasting (a form of cyberbullying).
All other issues going back to September can also be downloaded.
Friday 27 March
We all need to be taking care of our mental as well as our physical health at this difficult time. We have added a page with information about Kooth, which is a web-based, confidential support service for young people in Wirral.
Tuesday 24 March
We have added another couple of links to our home learning hub page.
Sunday 22 March
Click to read/download the letter we sent out to parents on Friday 20 March. There is one letter for Years 7–10 and another letter specifically for Year 11.
Saturday 21 March
We have reorganised the website to help visitors easily locate information during the extended period of school closure.
The main menu, which appears at the top of every page, has two new additions — ‘Coronavirus’ and ‘Home Learning’.
‘Coronavirus’ is a drop-down menu of relevant pages. This updates page is at the top of the list.
‘Home Learning’ is a clickable link taking you to a Home Learning Hub page, a collection of useful links to support your child’s learning at home. We will be regularly updating the hub page with useful links.
The homepage also has prominent one-click links to the Coronavirus Latest page and to the Home Learning Hub page.
Thursday 19 March
Click here to download a copy of the letter we sent out: