Category Archives: LBBD PSHE 2. Resources & News

New Mental Health Lesson Plans for KS1-4

The PSHE Association are delighted to launch 18 updated and re-designed lesson plans on teaching about mental health and emotional wellbeing through PSHE education.

These KS 1 – 4 lessons (originally produced under DfE funding) are now in line with the PSHE Association’s updated mental health teacher guidance and will support you to plan for new statutory PSHE requirements regarding Health Education, Relationships Education and RSE. They have also launched new PowerPoint versions exclusively for PSHE Association members.

Lessons in key stage 1 and 2 include teaching about identifying and talking about feelings; understanding how feelings affect behaviours; strategies to manage feelings; the link between mental and physical health; and managing the transition to secondary school / key stage 3.

Lessons in key stage 3 and 4 include teaching about challenging stigma related to mental health; promoting emotional wellbeing and healthy coping strategies; developing ‘digital resilience’ in the context of online pressures; reframing negative thinking; awareness of unhealthy coping strategies such as self-harm and eating disorders; and awareness of common mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression.

Brand new PowerPoint versions of all mental health lesson plans are exclusively available to PSHE Association members, complete with:

  • Teacher-only slides with clear guidance notes to support you through lesson delivery
  • Student-facing slides to support engaging lessons
  • A range of activities to deliver during lessons

Download the Mental Health Lesson plans, Powerpoints & Guidance here

Pilot free resources for Reducing Intolerance and Promoting Social Cohesion

The Behavioural Insights Team is working with the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government to trial an innovative PSHE education initiative aimed at promoting social cohesion and are looking for schools to take part.

They are recruiting secondary schools to pilot evidence-based PSHE education materials focused on improving students’ well-being, sense-of-belonging, openness, and critical thinking. The lessons have been designed in collaboration with academics from Stanford, Yale and Oxford Universities and are being reviewed by the PSHE Association to ensure they reflect safe practice PSHE learning principles.

Applicants chosen to participate will benefit from free training to support delivery of the materials and coverage of costs to help schools engage with the project.

Visit the project website for more information about the trial. You can register your interest by emailing the Behavioural Insights Team at or arrange a call directly with the team by clicking here. Applicants must be PSHE leads based in a secondary school in England. The trial will start in September 2019 and high levels of interest in this project are expected so would encourage prompt application to avoid disappointment.

New KS3 & KS4 Knifefree Lesson Plans and Materials

The PSHE Association has been working with the Home Office and its members to create new and improved #knifefree PSHE education lesson plans ahead of the summer holidays. Download them here.

The PSHE Association published original #knifefree resources last year, and they have proved very popular with their network with over 14,000 downloads to date. This latest version of the resource pack includes real life case studies of young people from the latest Home Office #knifefree campaign along with new content on the importance of having good role models, including:

  • An updated lesson for key stage 3 recognising and evaluating the risks of carrying a knife
  • An updated lesson for key stage 4 challenging common misconceptions about knife crime and exploring how young people can choose to live knife free and achieve their potential
  • A brand new extension lesson, adaptable for either key stage 3 or 4 students, which explores the impact of role models on decision making and helps students to develop strategies to manage peer influence and pressures to carry a knife

The PSHE Association is very grateful to all the teachers and schools who contributed their excellent feedback during development of these lessons. They are also keen to get your feedback on these latest materials, so appreciate if you can complete this short Home Office survey once you’ve downloaded and used them.

Are You Delivering PSHE in a SEND context?

The PSHE Association remains fully committed to supporting colleagues working in SEND contexts. They are now seeking feedback from members on how they can build on the support they provide. This includes reviewing their Planning Framework for pupils with SEND so that it is mapped to new statutory PSHE guidance for Relationships Education/RSE and Health Education, and seeking to build a dedicated SEND area on our website.

What do they need from you?
They would like to invite anyone delivering PSHE education in a SEND context to join their new SEND network by registering your interest using this short form. This will inform their SEND work more broadly, but are particularly interested at this stage in recruiting people who have used – or considered using – the Planning Framework for Pupils with SEND. In such cases the PSHE Association will be in touch with follow-up questions shortly to establish how you have used and applied the framework in your school. These short case studies will prove invaluable when reviewing the framework so The PSHE Association greatly appreciates your help.

Warning against using Breck’s Last Game

A film has been launched for use in schools and the PSHE curriculum called ‘Breck’s Last Game’.

The film focuses on the murder of Breck Bednar, a teenager who was groomed online, and aims to be an educational resource to reduce young people’s vulnerability to online grooming. The PSHE Association has significant concerns about the educational effectiveness of this film and its likely impact on young people, and warn schools against using it.

The film’s aim of reducing young people’s vulnerability to online grooming is laudable, and providing young people with the knowledge and skills they need to recognise risk online and seek help is a crucial part of PSHE. However, though this film has been produced with the best of intentions, it is not in line with best practice principles in PSHE education and as a result The PSHE Association does not believe it will support learning around reducing young people’s vulnerability.

The film focuses on a tragic real life story and contains some scenes which will disturb or traumatise some young people. The film has been certified as 15 but we do not believe it is suitable for use in any PSHE classroom. From an educational perspective there are a number of reasons for not using shocking or upsetting films, stories or images:

  • Using shocking imagery, stories or videos can retraumatise pupils who are already more vulnerable to distress in this area.
  • Using extreme examples and images can actually delay young people from seeking help. Pupils may see or hear a story and be left with the impression that “my situation is nowhere near as bad as that” and so feel they are not yet deserving of help or support. This might be the case particularly when teaching pupils about relationship abuse, drug use or gang crime.
  • Extreme cases may be more likely to make young people think ‘that won’t ever happen to me’ than the desired ‘that could be me’ response.
  • In a classroom, it is very difficult for pupils to disengage; they cannot simply stand up and walk out without inviting attention or further consequences.
  • For more info on best practice in using stories of crime in PSHE see The PSHE Association’s Police in the Classroom handbook.

    The PSHE Association advise schools not to use this film with young people as part of their PSHE curriculum. Their concerns are not limited to the full version of the film, and whilst accompanying lesson plans are available, these do not provide a safe and effective context for using either version of the film.

Step Up, Speak Up!

A practical campaign toolkit to address the issue of online sexual harassment amongst young people aged 13 – 17 years (Childnet International).

This toolkit includes a range of resources for young people and the professionals who work with them, including teachers, pastoral teams, senior school leadership and police forces.

Online sexual harassment encompasses a wide range of behaviours that use digital content (images, videos, posts, messages, pages) on a variety of different platforms (private or public).

This toolkit specifically focuses on peer-to-peer online sexual harassment taking place between young people.

Step up, Speak Up!