Category Archives: PSHE & Wellbeing

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

New Free Lesson Plans: Making Sense of Relationships

The PSHE Association are delighted to work in partnership with the NSPCC to develop a major new PSHE education teaching resource, which will support pupils aged 9 through to 16 to navigate safe and healthy relationships in an online world.

The free pack includes:

  • Three lessons to support transition and changing friendships at key stage 2
  • Six lessons exploring healthy and unhealthy relationships at key stage 3.
  • Three lessons at key stage 4 address issues such as abusive behaviour in relationships and pornography. Other themes explored include consent, challenging gender stereotypes, relationship values and much more.

An accompanying Teacher Guide outlines how to plan the lessons into your PSHE curriculum and provides advice on safeguarding your pupils, signposting to additional support and communicating with parents about lesson aims and content.

Click on the link to download the resources from the NSPCC site

Money Sense – A Financial Education Programme

MoneySense is a free, curriculum-linked, impartial financial education programme from NatWest which provides you with everything you need to teach 5-18 year-olds about money.

It provides access to free resources which have direct links to DfE subjects and the programme is accredited by Young Enterprise and has received the Financial Education Quality Mark. Schools can request bank employees to help run free interactive workshops which allow the students to solve real life, money related issues.

To register for the programme click on the link:  MoneySense

Suicide Awareness

PAPYRUS has recently launched a campaign to help raise awareness and save some of the 200 school children who die by suicide every year in the UK. They have developed a FREE “Suicide Safer Schools and colleges Guide” which can be viewed here.

They have also developed a training programme to help schools engage with this difficult subject, and to help them develop their own suicide prevention policy. They recently worked with the public health team in Bexley Borough to invite all the senior schools in the borough to a 90 minute awareness raising session on this subject.