Baylis Court School Newsletter Friday 24th april 2020

Dear Parents/Carers and students

Welcome back from the two week break. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our staff for continuing to provide a stimulating education for our students under very difficult circumstances. I would also like to thank the support staff who are making contact with students to ensure that they are managing the current situation.

This week, we all celebrated the amazing fundraising achievements of Captain Tom Moore. What he achieved embodied the fighting spirit of the people in our country. We will draw on his accomplishments to give us strength to continue to provide the very best for our students.

We wish that you and your families continue to be safe and healthy.

Ray Hinds


Easter Holiday Lockdown Activities

Kezia Barnes, Year 8 Austen

“Thank you to all the teachers who are still continuing to set us work and helping our education. I miss every single one of my friends and I can’t wait to see you all again. Stay safe and see you soon”

Mariyah Mohammed, 8 Pankhurst

For the covid 19 activities I picked the idea 4 and took a few pictures of the nature I found in my garden.

I have also been doing meetings at home about different things like: fashion, jobs and sports. The meetings are with family to teach them about what I know about some of my hobbies and interests. I involved a survey at the end to analyse and think about what else I can involve in my meetings.

My message to students and staff at this time is: This isn't the easiest of times, but try to be patient and not worry. Always try to look on the bright side and have some fun. Do what you love but also make the most of the spare time you have now. Use the time you have now and do a few activities and enjoy the time at home even though it can be hard

Chloe Weir, 8 Nightingale

I started a YouTube channel and learnt how to film ,edit and upload which is using my time.

*Artist of the Week*

Well done to Aleksandra Leszczynska in Year 11

Sea Turtle

*Artist of the Week*

Well done to Zainab Kifayat in year 8 who created this sculpture inspired by Dale Chihuly. This sculpture was made using recycled plastic bottles.

Well done to Zainab Ali in year 7 for producing this op art work inspired by Bridget Riley.

Online Learning Courses, and information which you may find useful during lockdown

Free Online learning courses:

BT – various courses available:

Future Learn

Open University

Reed – 46 free courses available

Alison- over 10000 free courses available



Volunteering opportunities:

NHS volunteers - (18+) roles include calling people your home to check they are OK and two other roles using transport (can apply if you have a bike)

3. FREE online education resources

Khan AcademyEspecially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.

BBC Bitesize


SenecaFor those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

OpenlearnFree taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

BlocklyLearn computer programming skills - fun and free.

ScratchCreative computer programming

Ted EdAll sorts of engaging educational videos

Crash CourseYou Tube videos on many subjects

iDEA AwardsDigital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Code.orgFree website with coding courses for children of all ages and levels

British Sign course - good for young people at home

Buzz Test –Careers related quiz - Approx. 10 mins

Future Finder

SACU – Spartan Test

16 Personalities

Future Morph – Careers quiz linking to careers in Maths and Science -

Step Into The NHS – Explore which career in the NHS might suit you best -

Go Construct – Find out which area of construction you might consider -

Explore University Degree Courses


Which University?

All About Careers

All About School Leavers – Careers Test

Target Careers – General information on choosing a career

UK Course Finder  UK degree course search

8. Welling being and mental health resources:

NHS help and support if feeling anxious or panicky:

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, worry or fear. Everyone feels anxious at some point in their life, but for some people it can be an ongoing problem.

Check out the NHS site for useful advice:

Help for anxiety and panic - there are effective treatments available for anxiety and panic disorders, so do talk to your GP if you think you may benefit from them. You could also consider using an online mental health service, such as FearFighter

• Try a book or online course - the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) only recommends trying treatments based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

• CBT is a type of psychological treatment that can help you understand your condition better and how your problems, thoughts, feelings and behaviour affect each other. The aim of CBT-based treatments is to help you learn ways to manage your anxiety by modifying negative or unhelpful thoughts and behaviour.

• Exercise regularly - may help you combat stress and release tension. It also encourages your brain to release serotonin, which can improve your mood.

• Learn to relax - You may find relaxation and breathing exercises helpful. Beware of excessive use of social media and limit your online use.

• Avoid smoking and drinking – can make anxiety worse. Only drinking alcohol in moderation or stopping smoking may help to reduce your anxiety.

Examples of online support groups you may find useful include: Anxiety UK / Mind / Rethink Mental Illness

Advice about Teen Anxiety from “Relate – the relationship people”.

Anxiety is the most common mental health concern for children and young adults.

What you can do:

 Set a routine - Establish a routine by setting specific times for meals, homework, quiet time, and bedtime.

 Encourage independence

 Take risks - Experiments such as making a phone call, asking a question to a shop assistant etc.

 Build your self-confidence – you are amazing!

 Find out about Family Counselling

 Contact your local Relate Centre to find out what services are available near you.

Counselling advice from Young minds – help for parents

We are so proud of this brilliant cultural enrichment work coming in from all year groups

Another excellent video! This time from Sumaiya Khan in year 8. Well done!

Staff enrichment

I wanted to share with you part of my enrichment is a daily run, the miles I run I then donate in pounds to the NHS charity.

If you would like to try running/ jogging as part of your daily hour exercise try the couch to 5K with your family: Click here

Hope you are all well, Mrs Coulson

Keep adding your project tasks to your tutor group folder for us to share.

Your Cultural Enrichment projects are bringing joy to us all.

Well done,

Mrs Coulson

FREE Microsoft Office Products

All students are able to download five copies of Microsoft Office to their home devices- PCs/ Macs, Laptops, Tablets etc- Free of charge.

Guidance of how to do this is below:


We would recommend that all students stick to their regular routine and timings of the school day which will help you keep on top of the workload that is expected of you.

if you have any questions or are struggling with any aspect of remote learning please remember that all of your teachers are here for you! Contact them by school email or on Teams during your lesson time.

Careers in Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of human mind and behaviour

A psychology degree is a great starting point for a career in both science and the arts, as it equips you with a range of skills and opens up opportunities with a variety of employers

Career options in Psychology
Types of psychologist specialties
Cognitive Psychologists

Consumer Psychologists

Also known as marketing psychologists, consumer psychologists research consumer behaviour and develop marketing strategies to promote businesses. This type of psychologist is involved in helping businesses better understand what makes consumers purchase products and services. They research how buyers respond to marketing messages, analyse decision-making strategies, and investigate the role that emotions play in purchasing choices.

Counselling Psychologists

Counselling psychologists provide psychotherapy to people experiencing psychological disturbances, behavioural problems, emotional difficulties, stress, and related issues. These professionals share many commonalities with clinical psychologists

Engineering Psychologists

Engineering psychologists are focused on discovering ways to enhance human abilities by improving machines, equipment, technology, and work environments. Engineering psychologists work to solve real-world problems and develop solutions that can have practical applications in everyday life.

Forensic Psychologists

Forensic psychologists focus on the relationship between psychology and the law. This might involve acting as a consultant in criminal cases or civil disputes, performing child custody evaluations, and offering psychotherapy services to crime victims.

Health Psychologists

Health psychologists are centred on how psychology, biology, social groups, and behaviour influence wellness, illness, and overall health. They work with clients to help maximize well-being and improve both mental and physical health.

Career options in Psychology

Your knowledge of human behaviour and motivation, ability to critically analyse a problem, formulate a considered response, create an argument and generate new ideas lend themselves well to careers in the creative industries, the legal sector, government administration and education.