Category Archives: PSHE & Wellbeing

Child Safety Week 2018

4th – 10th June 2018

Organised by the Child Accident Prevention Trust  (CAPT)

The Child Safety Week 2018 action pack is available – you can download it now. It’s the essential guide for anyone who wants to get effective messages out to children and families about preventing accidents.

  • Packed with quick and easy activity ideas to bring the week to life – use them as they are or build on them and share your own.
  • Dedicated pull outs and a parent pack for you to copy and give to parents with effective messaging that they relate to.
  • Practical activity sheets to copy and use with children and parents
  • Tips on effective engagement with your families and children
  • Child Safety Week poster – a conversation starter to display and promote activities

Get started and order a Taste Test from Bitrex: Why not order a poisoning prevention Taste Test kit from CAPT’s sponsor, Bitrex, also available now – completely free. You can get it here.

If you would like to sign up for Child Safety link, click on the link: Sign Up

 

“Life Online’ Planning Resource

The PSHE Association has launched a new ‘Life Online’ framework available in versions for KS1 & KS2 and those teaching in KS 3-5 settings.

What is the ‘Life Online’ framework?
‘Life Online’ is a planning framework which will enable you to embed learning for life online across all topic areas of the PSHE education curriculum – moving away from a model of one-off lessons or modules of work on ‘online safety’.

This framework breaks down all of the PSHE learning opportunities related to learning about being online, including maintaining relationships through social media and a critical understanding of online news sources.  It also provides guidance on medium term planning,  along with an audit tool for evaluating current provision and areas for development.

The framework also demonstrates, through the PSHE Association’s sample curriculum map and sample scheme of work, how traditional topics in PSHE education – such as drug and alcohol education, careers and enterprise, and personal safety – can incorporate teaching about the online world.

If you’re a current member of the PSHE Association you can download the resources straight away. If you’re not yet a full member, or your membership has lapsed, then you can still follow the link below to join/re-join and access this and numerous other member resources.

Download the ‘Life Online’ Planning Resource

Talk About Alcohol: Teacher Manual and Guidance

Edition 6 of The Alcohol Education Trust’s award-winning Teacher Workbook is available now. The new edition includes a number of exciting additions including:

  • Updated facts and figures
  • A new worksheet on drink spiking
  • A new easy read alcohol and its effects body worksheet.

The workbook is DfE approved and a PSHE quality assured resource. Ideal for those delivering alcohol education, it offers ‘pick and mix’ lesson plans, games and quizzes for effective and enjoyable alcohol awareness.

You can download the new workbook free of charge via Download Teacher Workbook | Alcohol Education Trust .

Don’t forget schools are able to receive a printed copy of the workbook free of charge. If you would like to reserve your copy, please email kate@alcoholeducationtrust.org .

Mental Health Seminars for 2018

The Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) is pleased to announce the launch of their seminar series for 2018:

Should mental health service seek to cure mental ill health? If not, what are they there for?

Join them to discuss what the research can tell us about whether children and young people are being helped by mental health services. Contribute to the debate about how we respond to the data, how we define and measure a positive outcome, and how we communicate about the scope and focus of treatment.

Open to mental health and education professionals, service leads, commissioners and anyone interested in the future of children and young people’s mental health services.

London Event:

Date:   25th April 2018
Time:  1.30–4.30pm
Venue: Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, First floor, Jordan House, 47 Brunswick Place, London N1 6EB
Cost: Free for CORC members £30 for CORC Associate Members and non-Members

For more information and booking go to the CORC website.

Reducing Parental Conflict Hub (Early Intervention Foundation)

There is strong evidence that conflict between parents – whether together or separated – can have a significant negative impact on children’s mental health and long-term life-chances. Not all conflict is damaging, but where this is frequent, intense and poorly resolved it can harm children’s outcomes.

This hub is for local leaders, commissioners, practitioners and researchers who are looking to reduce the impact of parental conflict on children. It provides a central repository of key ‘what works’ evidence and tools, including why parental conflict matters for children’s outcomes, and guidance on how to take action. The hub will continue to grow as new evidence and tools are created.

 

Half of All School Children Feel Sad or Anxious Every Week

Barnardo’s has released figures from a new survey carried out by YouGov of 12 to 16 year-olds in England.

Almost half of children aged from 12 to 16 in England feel sad or anxious at least once a week with worries about their future and school their biggest concerns

By the age of 16, 70% report feeling sad or anxious at least once a week with nearly a quarter having negative feelings as much as once a day.

Nearly half of 12 year olds in England (48%) surveyed also felt this way at least once a week, with only two per cent in this age group saying they never had.

The survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of the UK’s largest children’s charity Barnardo’s reveals what is troubling today’s children and how they can be better supported.

The results show the overwhelming majority of 12 to 16 year olds in England (75%) think it would be helpful if they had a counsellor or another professional at their school to talk to when they’re feeling down and upset.

They cited the main causes of stress as being school for 65%, their future for 42%, problems at home for 31%, being bullied for 25% (not including online) and their weight for 26%.

By the age of 16, stress at school was a worry for 83% of children in England and 80% were worrying about their future.

Social media has been an issue for 11% who worried about getting enough ‘likes’ or responses on social media, 12% were concerned about online bullying, while 15% said they have been troubled by something they’d seen on social media.

The polling also found that messages about the importance of talking about their feelings are getting through to children. When asked who they would talk to if they felt sad or anxious 38% said teachers, 71% said family members, 63% said friends.

Barnardo’s says schools have a key role to play as they can be stressful environments for children, especially around exam time. But they are also places where they can seek help from teachers and counsellors.

The polling results also show that children like to speak to a range of people when they are feeling troubled and call into question the Government’s Mental Health Green Paper proposal to train just one senior lead in each school about mental health. Barnardo’s says more needs to be done to make it easier for children to talk about their mental health at school.

To find out more click on the link: http://www.barnardos.org.uk/news/New-survey-shows-half-of-all-schoolchildren-feel-sad-or-anxious-every-week/press_releases.htm?ref=128176