Category Archives: PSHE & Wellbeing

Free Resource: ‘Let’s Watch a Film! Making Choices on What to Watch’

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

A Chance to Have Your Say on Mandatory Health Education in All Schools

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/.

Loneliness in Young People

According to a recent research by ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations), nearly half of young people in the UK often feel lonely, compared to only a quarter of over 65s.

Young Londoners are twice as likely to feel lonely as their peers in other parts of the UK.

With funding from John Lyon’s Charity, Exposure worked with students from Barnet & Southgate College, The Compton School and Woodhouse College, over three months, to develop concepts, characters and scenarios and workshop a script to get their message across.

Please find attached a link to Exposure’s latest film, ‘Message to Sweet Pea’ with some background information below.http://exposure.org.uk/2018/05/new-film-addressing-youth-loneliness-released/

New Relationships and Health Education in Schools

All schools will teach children about good physical and mental health, how to stay safe on and offline, and the importance of healthy relationships under bold new plans published on 19 July 2018 by Education Secretary Damian Hinds.

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, and will put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships of all kinds.

Schools will be supported as they prepare to teach the new subjects and will be able to begin doing so as soon as the materials are ready and available from September 2019, building on the existing best practice that will be shared by high performing schools.

By making health education compulsory it will ensure pupils are taught about the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, what determines their physical health and how to build mental resilience and wellbeing. It will also make sure children and young people learn how to recognise when they and others are struggling with mental health and how to respond.

Click here to read the guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-relationships-and-health-education-in-schools

DfE is seeking views on draft regulations, statutory guidance and a regulatory impact assessment for relationships and sex education and health education.

This consultation is here: https://consult.education.gov.uk/pshe/relationships-education-rse-health-education/

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 7 November 2018

 

 

 

How to Talk to Your Child About Social Media and the Internet

Young Minds have produced this short guide which gives ten tips for parents on how to talk to their child about their use of social media and the internet. The tips include

  1. Have conversations from a young age
  2. Lead by example
  3. Ask your child about the apps and websites they use
  4. Set boundaries – but be realistic
  5. Reassure them that they can always talk to you
  6. Talk about personal information
  7. Talk about social media
  8. Talk about gaming
  9. Talk about Cyberbullying
  10. Act on Warning Signs

To find out more click here

Government takes ‘major step’ towards better PSHE for all

The PSHE Association are delighted by the Government’s commitment to mandatory health education in all schools, for all pupils – a measure that’s timely, welcome and a major step in the right direction. Health and wellbeing have long been central pillars of PSHE education, and this – along with recent commitments to mandatory relationships education – gives a clear signal to schools on the importance of regular, high-quality PSHE for all pupils.

With health education joining relationships education as a mandatory aspect of PSHE, the majority of the subject will now be compulsory in all schools. The PSHE Association see this as a key move towards addressing concerns about inconsistent provision and diminished curriculum time.

This doesn’t however mean schools should de-prioritise other aspects of PSHE. Health, relationships, economic wellbeing and the ability to aspire and achieve are all linked and PSHE is the glue that binds them together into a coherent curriculum subject. Learning about economic wellbeing and preparing for work for example are vital to preparing young people for modern life – and are inextricably linked to health and relationships. Schools should therefore continue to embrace PSHE in its entirety – including, but not limited to, health and relationships.

Of course the detail is important, and the government consultation will help to flesh out guidance about what’s covered and how this works in practice. The PSHE Association will be in touch soon once they’ve fully digested the draft guidance to let you know how you can contribute to this.

But for now it is time to take stock and celebrate. That all pupils in all schools will be guaranteed an education about physical and mental health, wellbeing and relationships is a very big achievement indeed.