THE LAIC (Learning And Information Centre)
The LAIC offers many useful facilities to students to enhance and develop learning. There will always be a Library Assistant available who will be happy to assist with any questions students may have.
Library - Up to a maximum of four books for a period of two weeks can be borrowed free of charge, and there is a broad range of fiction for all abilities from many different genres. There is a large selection of non-fiction books as well as a reference section. We also have a wide range of fiction and non-fiction Accelerated Reader books within the LAIC. DVDs and audiobooks are available for overnight loans, again free of charge.
Computer Area - 15 computers are available for students to use at break and lunchtimes for homework and schoolwork only. There is also the facility for both colour and black and white printing.
Students - are allowed into the LAIC at break time and lunchtime to take out books and there is a selection of general browser books, newspapers and magazines. In addition, students can play games such as Chess and Uno. There is a small stationery shop within the LAIC, which is useful for purchasing essential items (cash only).
Book Group - a very active and well-attended weekly ‘Book Group’ takes place on Monday lunchtime (MRC) and Thursday lunchtime (FRC). Students can eat their lunch at Book Group and it is a vibrant social club incorporating many enjoyable and interesting activities.
Breakfast Club - this takes place every day from 8.00 am, however, students are asked to sign in upon arrival.
Homework Club - this takes place on Tuesday (MRC) and Thursday (FRC) after school. Students can do homework (with staff support), use computers, print, take out books that are appropriate to the work, and also have a drink and biscuit together before leaving.
Website linksMaldon Community Coronavirus Response - 01621 851997 The helpline remains open between 10am-2pm Mon-Fri for anyone to contact for help with food supplies, medicines or accessing services. The response team is able to provide food parcels for people who cannot get out to shop whether this be due to shielding or as a result of a positive test or a requirement to self-isolate. Up to 2 weeks’ food can be provided as required. Essential Living Fund Please find attached a flyer about emergency support available from the Essential Living Fund (ELF) to people hit by the pandemic. The ELF is receiving extra funding from the Covid Winter Grant Scheme to help people living in Essex with energy and water bills, food and other essential household items. Essential Livining Fund - Leaflet Mental Health support for adults https://www.northessexiapt.nhs.uk/ Mental Health Support for Children and Young People Mental Health Support Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service The Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) provides advice and support to children, young people and families who are in need of support with their emotional wellbeing or mental health difficulties. https://www.nelft.nhs.uk/services-ewmhs/ Anna Freud Gives advice and guidance for Parents and carers to help them support a child or young person experiencing mental ill health or wellbeing. https://www.annafreud.org/parents-and-carers/ https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/ https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/ https://www.mind.org.uk/ https://www.livewellcampaign.co.uk/livewell-articles/mental-health-support-for-young-people/ https://www.themix.org.uk/ Apps Kooth - online mental wellbeing community Shout MeeTwo - Helps you talk about difficult things Chat health - talk to school nurse Young people can contact Chat Health on 07520 615732. Eating Disorders https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/ Beat Peer Support Leaflet Bullying https://www.bullying.co.uk/ LGBT https://www.plume.essex.sch.uk/inclusion https://mermaidsuk.org.uk/young-people/ https://www.youngstonewall.org.uk/ Family Wellbeing and Support for families https://www.essexfamilywellbeing.co.uk/ https://www.familylives.org.uk/ Support for single parents https://www.gingerbread.org.uk/ Other useful websites Online safety https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/ https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ https://www.ceop.police.uk/Safety-Centre/ Breck Foundation Charity - Online safety advice for parents The Two Johns Internet safety advice https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/information/young-people/east Whatever you're going through, we encourage you to make positive choices. Children Society do work around healthy relationships, they can help increase your confidence, develop life skills and build your emotional resilience. If you would like to know more about them or you are concerned about a child or young adult in Essex, you can email or call them on 01245 493311. Domestic abuse Next Chapter - Domestic Violence Support In addition to supporting parents and children under 14 year of age, The Next Chapter now have a team of Young Persons Violence Advisors (YPVA) dedicated to Young People aged 14 -19, who are a victim domestic abuse or are living within a family affected by domestic abuse. Referrals can be made by agencies working with the young person or the young person can self-refer. The Next Chapter - Leaflet https://www.thenextchapter.org.uk/ Compass is the single point of access helpline to support victims of domestic abuse across Essex. https://www.essexcompass.org.uk/ Train and Track safety Educating children how to be safe on the railways. http://www.youvstrain.co.uk/
ActivitieseSafety Training 'The 2 Johns' Chelmsford Wellbeing Group Youth Service - Holiday Acativites and Food Community Storage Flyer Plume Academy Safeguarding Team is pleased to advise that the Children Society are offering online sessions and activities. These range from self-care, online safety, building relationships, and drug and alcohol awareness to quizzes, dance parties and fun activities to do at home. Details of how to book these sessions can be found by clicking the link below. These sessions do change so contact the Children Society to find out the latest available sessions. All the links include activities that can benefit our children and Young People. First Aid for Children https://firstaidchampions.redcross.org.uk/?fbclid=IwAR2g4Tp-6XqdLd_Zb6Htm9M6dIzj4fXnmDI-lgsMV3A8j5IY_7YVSKKQJao Child Safety Childnet https://www.childnet.com/resources/online-safety-activities-you-can-do-from-home Essex Activities half term Essex Youth A number of fun and exciting online activities for young people aged 13-19 years https://youth.essex.gov.uk/young-people/online-activities/?fbclid=IwAR0_jMsEt1-vQypz5lGJW4N-7_SfjUYGI6kHUKeExfvsb-iuhu30TWciP0E Grow your own gardening course in Maldon District Self Care Activities Self care is about the things we can do to look after our own mental health. Strategies are being shared to help young people with their own mental well being https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/ Childline Support for parents and young people and online tools and activities https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/mood-journal/ Interactive Free Courses for Parents and Carers. These courses cover anxiety, building resilience mindfulness and emotional wellbeing to list a few. https://aclessex.com/community-family-learning-online/
Parents and CarersPrevent Guide to protecting children from online hate, extremism and fake news
Recent CommunicationE-Safety and Online Support letter
Safeguarding documentsE-safety Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 Anti-Bullying Policy 2021 Child Protection 2021 Behaviour Policy Relationships and Sexual Health Relationships Young People Rights On Social Media Mental health/Emotional well-being Sexual exploitation/Drugs/Gangs and County Lines Child protection policy COVID-19 addendum E-safety Letter Online Safety Resources Online Safety Advice Online Safety Tips Parents and carers to keep children safe online Harmful Sexual Behaviour / Peer on Peer Abuse Policy
Meet the staff:
Mrs Gaskin, Mrs Rowland
Congratulations to all our Accelerated Reader millionaires, these students have, during their time here in the Academy, shown us they have a love for reading, books and the LAIC.
During their English lessons they have completed quizzes for the books they have read which also calculates the word count of these books. This is a programme to encourage reading in young people in schools called Accelerated Reading (AR)
All students who achieve a million words, or more, receive a certificate and badge reflecting the number of words they have read.
We are very proud of them all.