The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper on sexual harassment in education. The briefing gives an overview of the relevant policies that schools are expected to have in place and recent policy developments in England.
- Keeping children safe in education guidance;
- advice for schools on sexual violence and harassment;
- behaviour and bullying policies
- and relationships and sex education and PHSE.
This updated guidance from PHE now includes a child flu vaccines poster for 2018 to 2019 influenza programme.
Click on the link to read the guidance: Flu Vaccines for Children
With the growth in film, video and website content — alongside technological developments in how and where people can easily access it — teachers and parents are ever more aware of the need to support young people to safely navigate the world of visual media.
The free ‘Let’s watch a film! Making choices about what to watch’ PSHE education lessons from the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) use the context of films and film classification to explore decision-making, risk management and managing peer influence. They’ve been designed to help children to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their viewing, and equip them to choose what is right for them and steer clear what is not. The lessons promote self-regulation, resilience, and safeguarding.
The resource includes two comprehensive lesson plans for Year 5/6 pupils with supporting classroom materials, accompanied by detailed teacher guidance explaining how to ensure delivery of these lessons is most effective.
The lessons will help pupils to:
- Recognise the age-ratings given to films and why these are important
- Explain how film content can invoke a range of feelings and responses in different people
- Develop the skills to evaluate which films are suitable for them and others
- Develop the skills to manage situations when not everyone agrees what to watch or they feel pressure to watch something
Download the Free BBFC materials
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 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-relationships-and-health-education-in-schools
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 https://consult.education.gov.uk/pshe/relationships-education-rse-health-education/.
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 email@example.com.
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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