Category Archives: Harrow Healthy Schools

Roadmap to Statutory RSE

This poster-style document sets out 10 steps to providing high quality Relationships and Sex Education as an identifiable part of PSHE education.

The poster includes hyperlinked buttons making it easy to navigate resources from both the PSHE Association and Sex Education Forum that will support school leaders in preparing for statutory RSE.

Read also: NCB news report, Nearly three in ten teachers deliver relationships and sex education classes with no training.


Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools

This guidance, from the Department for Education, is for school staff and applies to all schools.

It gives advice on:

  • how to create a whole school culture, including promoting positive mental health;
  • understanding the link between mental health and behaviour;
  • how to identify children with possible mental health problems;
  • and where and how to put in place support, including working with external agencies where required.

It also provides links to sources of further support and guidance.

This guidance has been updated in November 2018 with information about school responsibilities and how how to identify behaviours that may be related to a mental health problem. Also working with other professionals and external agencies, and where to find extra support.


Knifefree Lesson Plans

Using the Home Office #knifefree campaign as stimulus for discussion, the PSHE Association has produced lesson plans for KS3 & 4 that set out to help challenge the myths and communicate the realities of carrying a knife. They can be downloaded (free) from the PSHE Association site, and they would encourage anyone who has used them to complete a quick survey.

Have you used the #knifefree lesson plans?
If so, the PSHE Association and the Home Office would really welcome your feedback. Their short feedback survey will help to establish how and where the materials have been used, and how to develop and build on the #knifefree activities in schools.

Complete the #knifefree survey

If you’ve not yet used the materials then a reminder that these free lessons — one for key stage 3 and one for key stage 4 — are designed to 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.

Download #knifefree lesson plans

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

FREE Breakfast Provision

DfE offers FREE breakfast provision for eligible schools under the new National School Breakfast Programme

In addition to resources and best practice events, a dedicated member of the NSBP team will be available to support each school and a £500 start-up grant will be available to buy necessary equipment such as toasters or a freezer.

Attached are the following documents:

To see if your school is eligible please check with the National School Breakfast Programme.

For further information, contact:

  • National School Breakfast Programme
  • c/o Family Action, 24 Angel Gate, City Rd, London, EC1V 2PT
  • Mobile: 07580 324393

The National School Breakfast Programme is delivered by Family Action and Magic Breakfast. You can find more information here

New Puberty Resource

This new Rise Above for Schools resource has been created to help prepare secondary school students for puberty and support teachers in starting conversations about this sensitive subject.

In this lesson, students learn about the physical and emotional aspects of puberty. 

Using peer-to-peer discussion and activities, students will be encouraged to examine the impact of puberty and find ways in which they can seek support if they are finding puberty challenging.

Lesson plan includes:

  • Accompanying PowerPoint for use in class
  • Starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students’ prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • Core peer-to-peer activities, plenaries and exciting extension ideas
  • Four films to support the activities, including YouTuber KickThePj talking about growing up

Get the Lesson Plan and Powerpoint here

New Resources to Support Healthy Dental Habits

Change4Life has had a busy start this academic year, with some exciting new resources:

  • For the first time, Change4Life has created dental lesson plans to support primary school teachers in educating their pupils about how to keep their teeth healthy
  • In recent weeks, Our Healthy Year calendar wallcharts have been sent to Reception and Year 6 classes in England. The wallcharts will get pupils eating well and moving more in the year in which they participate in the National Child Measurement Programme