Category Archives: Barking and Dagenham Healthy Schools

Home Office #knifefree Lesson Plans

The PSHE Association are launching new PSHE education lessons today that they have developed to challenge the myths and communicate the realities of carrying a knife to secondary school students, using the Home Office #knifefree campaign as stimulus for discussion.

The free-to-download lessonsone for key stage 3 and one for key stage 4 – will inform young people of the consequences of carrying a knife and inspire them to pursue positive alternatives, using real life stories of young people’s experiences as a basis. Accompanying teacher guidance will help you plan the lessons into your PSHE curriculum safely and effectively.

Well-planned and delivered PSHE education provides an ideal context for this learning, as the subject develops knowledge and understanding of key concepts such as risk, identity and power, and skills relating to decision making and managing peer influence. These lessons are therefore best suited for delivery alongside topics exploring personal safety or gang crime.

The lessons aim to help students to:

  • Recognise and evaluate the risks of carrying a knife
  • Challenge common misconceptions about knife crime
  • Develop strategies to manage peer influence to carry a knife
  • Explore how young people can choose to live knife free and achieve their potential

Download #knifefree Lesson Plans

Preparing for Statutory RSE and Relationships Education

The PSHE Association are very excited to highlight their new Preparing for statutory relationships education and RSE: PSHE lead’s packs, available in versions for key stage 1 and 2 members and those teaching in key stage 3 and 4 settings.

Under the Children and Social Work Act 2017, the government is committed to making relationships education (primary) and relationships and sex education (secondary) statutory in all schools, including LA maintained schools, academies, free schools and independent schools.

These new packs from the PSHE Association will help ensure you’re prepared to meet these requirements when they come into place and implement any changes effectively within your PSHE curriculum.

Download your PSHE Lead’s Pack

NEW PSHE Education Planning Framework for Pupils with SEND

The PSHE Association has created a brand new PSHE education planning framework to address the needs of pupils with special educational needs and disability (SEND) in both special school and mainstream settings.

Based on the PSHE Association Programme of Study, this unique framework identifies topics of particular relevance to learners with SEND and maps out progressive learning opportunities within each topic from key stage 1 to key stage 4.

The framework – freely available to Association members – may be used in a variety of ways and enables teachers to plan class, group or individual learning. It provides guidance on how to assess and evidence pupils’ progress and achievement in PSHE education. It will support you to ensure that pupils with SEND experience a high quality PSHE curriculum which equips them to manage the issues and everyday realities of their lives. Pupils in special schools, external bases, nurture groups, alternative provisions and mainstream settings will benefit from the cohesive approach presented in this resource.

Download PSHE Education Planning Framework

Train Like A Jedi

Change4Life and Disney, with the support of Sport England, have joined forces to launch a brand new ‘Train Like A Jedi’ programme that will take children on a galactic adventure and inspire them to get more active.

At the heart of the programme is an exciting Star Wars themed follow-along video, featuring British taekwondo athlete and double Olympic gold medallist, Jade Jones. In the video, Jade guides children through 12 Jedi moves that have been specially designed to increase heart rate, improve physical skills such as balance and agility, develop confidence and emotional resilience, and help them to master the ways of the Jedi.

Over the summer and beyond, children will be encouraged to take part online and at home, in the classroom and through partners nationwide.

To help promote the campaign locally:

If you have any questions, please contact

May the Force be with you!

Celebrating Achievement at the End of the School Year

As you approach the end of another busy school year, it can be easy to forget how far you’ve come. But it’s important to reflect and celebrate achievements with your pupils and staff.

When you look back over this academic year, what went particularly well? What are you proud of?It might be a breakthrough with a student, or finding a new way to support pupil and staff wellbeing. Whatever these achievements, big or small, remember to celebrate.

Young Minds have put together some resources and activities to help you end your year on a positive note:

  • Class Activity: Here’s an activity you can do in class to get your pupils talking about their achievements this year.
  • Encourage the same among staff with this printable staffroom poster.

Gender Separation in Mixed Schools

The DfE has recently published non-statutory guidance on gender separation in mixed schools here.

This guidance, which applies to publicly funded and independent schools, follows the Court of Appeal’s judgment in the Al-Hijrah School case and will support schools on what is expected of mixed schools. Schools should not generally separate pupils by reference to protected characteristics such as sex, race or faith while at school. Any separation by reference to a protected characteristic is likely to give rise to unlawful discrimination unless permitted by the specified exceptions in the Equality Act 2010. Details are set out in the guidance.

Any school that continues to separate pupils against the guidance is in breach of the law, and this will be reported where these schools are inspected.