No Pens Day Wednesday – 4th October 2017

The full suite of free resources for No Pens Day Wednesday 2017 from The Communication Trust is now live on their website.

With only a few weeks left until the big day, now is the perfect time to sign up! In addition to releasing their new 2017 activity pack, they have added over 15 new free lesson plans to the site (the total is now over 200, which includes over 20 plans specifically for early years settings) as well as a selection of new posters that you can use to publicise your No Pens Day Wednesday around your school.

Did you know that No Pens Day Wednesday  takes place during Dyslexia Awareness Week 2017? In association with the British Dyslexia Association, they have developed a document with some fantastic suggestions about how dyslexic students can be supported during No Pens Day.

To access all of these resources and to strengthen the focus on speech, language and communication skills in your school or setting, sign up here. 
Once you have registered you will be able to take part in No Pens Day Wednesday on 4th October 2017 (or whenever works best for you)! 

Immunising Pre-School Children against Flu

Flu is a common infection in babies and children and can be very unpleasant for them. Children under the age of five have the highest hospital admission rates for flu compared to other age groups.

The link to the information given below, is from Public Health England,  and is about the annual flu vaccination programme for preschool children. It is for those working in the early years sector to inform them about the programme and how they can support it. It is for nursery and preschool managers and staff, and childminders delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and those who provide informal childcare, such as nannies.

Immunising Pre-School Children against Flu

Boys’ Body Image – Free Resources

This free lesson resource from Media Smart is designed to get students aged 11 to 14 talking about body image and advertising, and exploring ways to develop positive body image through PSHE education.

Research suggests that 53% of boys aged 11 to 18 say that advertising creates a pressure to look good, but with many boys reluctant to share their concerns with parents or teachers, they may not get the support they need to address body image issues.

The Media Smart Body Image and Advertising resource includes teacher notes, presentation slides and printable worksheets, to help you plan and deliver a PSHE lesson that:

  • introduces the topic of body image, and explores how it’s influenced by the media and advertising.
  • teaches students how to manage this influence, and promotes positive body image and emotional resilience.

Although the resources focus on how the male body is represented in the media, they are designed to be used with all students, encouraging them to consider the ways that body image issues can affect everyone.

Download the resources here

Winter Readiness Information

As winter approaches, it is important that schools are reminded and updated on important health considerations for their pupils/students, parents/carers and staff.

Pupils and staff in schools are particularly susceptible to infections which increase over the winter months, such as seasonal influenza (flu) and stomach infections (such as norovirus). These can be very infectious and cause outbreaks in school settings due to the close contact amongst pupils and staff. The spread of these illnesses can be limited by improving infection control practices within the school.

Young children and/or those with chronic illnesses are also at risk of developing complications from certain vaccine-preventable infections such as measles and flu. It is important that they are immunised to prevent any complications and to reduce the likelihood of outbreaks in a school setting.

This briefing from Public Health England, Winter readiness information for London schools 2017-2018, provides:

  1. Key messages for head teachers on winter preparedness.
  2. Two checklists on flu and norovirus readiness and when and how to report outbreaks.
  3. Leaflets and further information on flu, norovirus and meningitis.

Rise Above for Schools – Free PSHE Resources

Rise Above for Schools, from Public Health England provides free PSHE resources that support secondary school teachers when promoting positive health, wellbeing and resilience among young people aged 11 to 16.

By including video content co-created by young people for young people, Rise Above for Schools is designed to help you to facilitate open and informed conversations with your students on a range of sometimes challenging areas of PSHE education.

These new resources include videos, lesson plans, activity ideas and guidance for teachers on topics such as bullying and cyberbullying, alcohol, positive relationships, smoking, exam stress, online stress and body image in a digital world. The guidance suggests how to integrate these topics within your planned PSHE programme, enabling students to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to manage real life situations related to each topic. Materials on further topics will be released later in the school year.

Download the Free Rise Above for Schools Lesson Plans

#Hello Yellow on World Mental Health Day

On October 10th, thousands of children and young people will wear something yellow to help spread the word that, whatever you’re going through, you can talk to someone if you’re struggling to cope.

Want to join in?
This month, Young Minds will be sending out packs of resources to help make #HelloYellow a success at your school, college or university – so now’s the time to sign up!

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