Category Archives: PSHE & Wellbeing

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 The PSHE Association will be in touch soon once they’ve fully digested the draft guidance to let you know how you can contribute to this.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.

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