Category Archives: PSHE & Wellbeing

National Alcohol and Drugs Education Conference – 21st June 2018

Evidence-based best practice in alcohol and drugs education: empowering young people to make healthy choices in the classroom and beyond.

On 21st June 2018 The Alcohol Education Trust and Mentor are bringing together a group of experts to showcase evidence-based and effective good practice that can be used in education and youth settings across the UK for alcohol and drugs education and prevention.

The conference will allow professionals to hear from leading experts on the latest research on alcohol and drugs prevention, attend a choice of workshops on evidence-based programmes and receive planning and evaluation advice for effective PSHE.

  • Location: Liverpool John Moores University
  • Time:  9:00am – 4:30pm
  • Cost: Free of charge for teachers and PSHE leads: £90

Keynote speakers:

  • Andy Burnham – former Health Secretary and Mayor of Greater Manchester
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary Victoria Atkins (invited)

Workshop themes will include:

10 top tips for delivering effective alcohol and drugs education

Double CPD session from The Alcohol Education Trust on the Talk about Alcohol programme. This session will cost £90 to cover a full pack of resources which includes:

  • AET Teacher Workbook
  • AET SEND Workbook
  • DVD of ‘Just a Few Drinks’
  • Full access to the SEND area of website with lesson plans, PowerPoints etc.
  • Laminated resources for use with the SEND workbook

Targetted approaches for vulnerable populations e.g. SEN and LAC

Mentor Quality Mark clinic

For further details and to book, please go to:

Young Minds 360° Schools: Self-Care for School Staff

Young Minds know that school staff are dealing with more than ever before. But to care for someone else’s wellbeing, we have to take care of our own! With this in mind, they have produced a number of resources to support school staff:

  1. Wellbeing Activity: In this video, Joanna Watson, Young Minds Schools Development Manager, shares a wellbeing activity for school staff to keep mentally healthy when things get tough.
  2. 10 Wellbeing Tips for School Staff: Sometimes it’s the little changes to your routine that make all the difference and help you look after yourself. Download Young Minds ten tips poster, perfect for putting up in the staff room.
  3. Coping with Pressure at School: Advice for your students on how to cope with the pressures of schoolwork, making friends and taking exams. Download this pocket-sized booklet, or order copies for the whole class.
  4. Activity – What Keeps Us Going: A wellbeing exercise that focuses on the things we do that pick us up after a hard time. Download the activity plan for how you can do this exercise with staff, in the class, or for an assembly.

More Helpful Places: 

  • Mindapples: Resources to help people manage their minds.
  • Action for Happiness: Ideas for ways to take practical action to create more happiness in the world.


New Resources & Training: Online Safety and Digital Resilience

Today’s children and young people must be supported to stay safe and aware online from an early age. The PSHE curriculum is unique in its potential to address online safety and a range of related issues (from safe online relationships to mental health, media literacy to online gambling) in a planned, holistic way.  The PSHE Association wants to highlight some of the latest guidance and training available to you in this area:
New UKCCISS framework
The PSHE Association have recently been involved in the development of the new UKCCIS (UK Council for Child Internet Safety) framework, alongside online safety experts including CEOP, the NSPCC and Barnardo’s. The Education for a Connected World framework will help PSHE teachers review their curriculum to ensure pupils are prepared to understand and handle online risks.
The PSHE Association latest guidance on handling complex issues safely through PSHE
Discussing and teaching about complex or sensitive issues safely is central to best practice in PSHE teaching. Our updated guidance document Handling complex issues safely in the PSHE education classroom  (member only) contains tips on establishing a safe learning environment, handling tricky questions from pupils and signposting to further support. It includes a new section relating to online issues.

Recently quality assured resources relating to online safety
A number of relevant teaching resources have recently achieved The PSHE Association’s Quality Mark for PSHE resources. They were delighted to have worked with Cifas to produce anti-Fraud Education lesson plans for KS3&4 that focus on awareness of fraud, common online scams, identity theft and money mules. Trust me ­from Childnet covers critical thinking around content (such as websites, blogs, online adverts and search results) and contact (how others may influence our online behaviour), and has materials for both primary and secondary schools.

Advice on building online safety into your PSHE Programmes
The PSHE Association’s Subject Specialist Jenny wrote an advice article recently for SecEd on integrating online safety into your PSHE programme. Jenny says: “PSHE teachers’ role is to design a curriculum that reflects the deeply integrated nature of digital technology in young people’s lives”, and you can read her article for some useful tips on how to do so.

Updated Guidance: Health Protection in Schools and other Childcare Facilities

Public Health England have produced an updated version of the document Health Protection in Schools and other Childcare Facilities. This is a practical guide for staff on managing cases of infectious diseases in schools and other childcare settings.

This guidance provides advice on:

  • preventing the spread of infections
  • which diseases to vaccinate for
  • how long to keep children away from school
  • managing infectious diseases
  • cleaning the environment

New Resource: ‘The Adoptables’

The Adoptables Toolkit from Coram Life Education and endorsed by the PSHE Association is a free resource for key stages 2 and 3 that enables students to understand the issues faced by adopted children and young people at school. It will also increase staff awareness of behavioural issues that can affect young people from the care system.
The package for schools includes lesson plans, teachers’ guidance, films and activities all clearly linked to PSHE Association Programme of Study learning opportunities. The toolkit is also designed to support and enrich a school’s values, and help children to empathise with others and respect diversity.

Download The Adoptables Toolkit here

Young Minds 360° Schools: Responding to Self-Harm

Self-harm is being talked about more and more, and we know it’s happening in primary as well as secondary schools. It’s common behaviour in young people, and as a member of school staff you may find yourself in the position of supporting a young person who is self-harming. This can be difficult and you may feel a lack of confidence and uncertainty on how to respond.

If you are feeling out of your depth at times, you are certainly not alone. Three in four young people don’t know where to turn to talk about self-harm and two in three teachers report that they don’t know what to say to a young person who self-harms. Young Minds have provided simple guidance for taking those first steps:

We know this is hard…

Self-harm is surrounded by myths and misconceptions. The topic can provoke all sorts of strong emotions in us all. We may feel angry, bewildered, frustrated or sympathetic. The child may be exhibiting very challenging behaviour, but it is imperative to focus on their needs and not this behaviour. Make sure you find the time and support you need to process your experiences.

What is Self-Harm?

Self-harm describes any way in which a young person might harm themselves or put themselves at risk in order to cope with difficult thoughts, feelings or experiences. It’s important to remember that the self-harm is not the central issue, but is the coping method that the young person has chosen to deal with something that is too painful to bear.

Read more of what young people say why they self-harm.

Why do people Self-Harm?

There are many reasons that a young person may self-harm.  For some, there are times when the present is just too painful. Something may trigger a past memory, or a current situation may be too difficult to bear. Self-harm is a way that the young person can escape from the unbearable, emotional present. There might be a different reason every time for some young people and they may not be able to express in words why they do it or what the reason is.

Young Minds have produced a number of resources to help:

Book onto Young Minds CPD accredited Self- Harm Training Course for school staff: This will cover more on:

  • developing the resilience of young people vulnerable to self-harm using proven strategies
  • how you can assess, minimise and manage risks effectively, and exploring alternative coping strategies
  • developing your own tailored self-harm policy

The next course is on the 19 April at the YoungMinds office, London SE1 1YW.  Book Now.

More Helpful Places:

Remember: Self-Harm can present significant risk. Make sure a referral is made to the relevant professional and Safeguarding Lead who can make an informed assessment of the risk to the young person.