Author Archives: Wendy Craddock

A Chance to Have Your Say on Mandatory Health Education in All Schools

The government is committing to mandatory health education in all schools. This is excellent news and real progress in terms of PSHE becoming a statutory subject. Health and wellbeing are key to PSHE education, and this gives a real reminder to schools on the importance of regular, high-quality PSHE for all pupils.

Under the proposals, all pupils will study compulsory health education as well as new reformed Relationships Education in primary school and Relationships and Sex Education in secondary school.

The guidance – which was last updated in 2000 – will become compulsory in all schools across the country from September 2020. You can read more about this via

The DfE are seeking views on the draft regulations and statutory guidance relating to Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education, and whether the statutory guidance provides sufficient information and support to schools in teaching the subjects. You can find out more about being involved in this consultation via

New Resource for Yr 12-13 Students Planning to Go to University

The transition from sixth form to college and university is huge and for many young people this is the first time they will live away from home – sometimes many miles away. Whilst being exciting, this can also be an anxious time for many as they negotiate where to live, keeping themselves safe and managing their own finances.

A new resource has recently been published by Student Minds to support students with their transition from school or college to university.  ‘Know Before you Go’ contains lots of useful information for new students from making decisions, becoming independent, paying bills, study skills and flatmate issues to identity questions and embedded throughout is how to maintain good mental health and seek help as needed.

The Alcohol Education Trust are also interested in how prepared sixth formers feel for life after school and are inviting them to complete a survey to hear their views. The survey will focus on alcohol, drugs and mental health but will also ask about money worries and thoughts on changing friends. There is also a questionnaire for those working with sixth formers so teachers can get involved too!

If you would be interested in your sixth form taking part in this important work, if you’d like to compete a teacher survey, or if you would like to pilot the programme once developed, then please email



Sign Up for #HelloYellow this World Mental Health Day

On Wednesday 10th October, World Mental Health Day, get everyone in your school or workplace to wear something yellow and donate to YoungMinds.

Whether it’s a scarf, hat or bowtie – Young Minds want to see your colourful costumes! By taking part in #HelloYellow you can help Young Minds raise vital funds and show young people they’re not alone when it comes to their mental health.

Sign up before 23 September to be sent one of their #HelloYellow Fundraising Kits! They’re full of ideas and resources you can use to prepare for World Mental Health Day, including mental health lesson plans for schools and wellbeing at work tips for offices. Get your yellow thinking caps on, Young Minds can’t wait to see what you’ll do on Wednesday 10 October!

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Thinkuknow: New Resources and Training

The new school year is here! Thinkuknow has new resources and training opportunities to support you with the year ahead:

  1. New resource for 8-10 year olds
  2. Digital Families conference 2018
  3. New Ambassador course dates

1.Band Runner: new Thinkuknow game and website for 8-10 year olds.

If you haven’t already seen it, Thinkuknow have a new resource for 8-10 year olds called Band Runner. This is a fun runner-style game, available on the Thinkuknow website, which you can use in the classroom and encourage children to play at home.

The game features the characters from Play Like Share: Sam, Alfie and Ellie who continue their adventures, this time running through school and collecting stars and points, whilst children support them to make decisions online. The game helps children to build their knowledge, confidence and skills to stay safe from sexual abuse and other risks they might encounter online.

A key area of the new site is the ‘Stay Safe’ zone that features six topic areas: Play, Like, Share, Chat , Lock, and Explore. Children can also visit the ‘Worried About Something?’ page which provides advice and support on how to get help if something worrying has happened online.

There is guidance for professionals, which includes a lesson plan on using Band Runner with children and young people.  We also see Band Runner as being a great tool and a unique way parents and carers can start/continue discussions in the home about online safety – alongside having a bit of fun in the process! To help them do so they have created an information sheet which includes ‘things to discuss’ whilst playing the game. Download all the resources here.

2. Digital Families conference 2018 – The Future for Young People Online

This conference, provided by NCA-CEOP and Parent Zone, is taking place in London on 10th October 2018, and will explore the challenges and opportunities of raising and educating children in a digital world. Expert speakers include, Sonia Livingstone OBE, Dr Victoria Baines and Dave Coplin. If you would like to hear more about what NCA –CEOP will be presenting on the day visit Thinkuknow’s blog post page here and get your ticket here.

3.New Ambassador course dates

With over 400 Ambassadors trained already this year, a final few spaces remain on their upcoming courses in 2018. The London course date is: 6th December 2018. For more information about the course and to book, click here.

LGBT Guide for Orthodox Jewish Schools

The UK’s Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, has published the first ever guide for orthodox Jewish schools to improve the wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pupils.

Jewish LGBT campaign group, KeshetUK, helped produce the guide.  The guide aims to reduce potential harm to LGBT pupils across the community.

To find out more click on the link:

Money for Life: E-Learning Videos

The Money for Life e-learning videos are designed to help young people develop the skills needed to manage their money day to day. They’re free to use and can be completed anywhere by anyone. The short, interactive videos take the user through the key topics including:

  • banking,
  • budgeting,
  • borrowing
  • and keeping money safe.

Young people can check their learning through the quiz at the end of the four videos.

To find out more and to download the videos, click on the link: Money For Life: E-Learning Videos