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New Economic Wellbeing Resource: econoME

The Bank of England has just launched econoME, a free PSHE education resource for students aged 11 to 16 for teaching about economic wellbeing and the economy.

The lessons aim to give young people greater economic awareness and the analytical skills to make informed decisions, using real-world examples.

The resource has achieved the PSHE Association Quality Mark for PSHE resources and consists of:

  • three engaging lesson plans,
  • accompanying editable PowerPoint presentations,
  • interactive activities and videos,
  • a colourful visual guide to the economy
  • and a glossary of terms.

Download your FREE econoME resources

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.


Healthy Eating Week: 11th -15th June 2018

Every year the British Nutrition Foundation runs a Healthy Eating Week.

This year it will take place from the 11th – 15th June 2018 and is open to all UK nurseries, schools, universities and workplaces.

Registration is FREE and helps to demonstrate your commitment to promoting health and wellbeing.  The Week celebrates healthy eating, cooking, food provenance and physical activity.

Register and you’ll receive:

  • information and resources about the five health challenges;
  • five A2 colour posters promoting the five health challenges;
  • access to a planning grid with links to resources for each day;
  • access to exclusive webinars;
  • promotional tools and tips.

The resources are designed to support the Week but can be used throughout the year.! You can register HERE.  (If you registered in 2017, you will need to register again.) You can also register as a workplace and involve your colleagues too.

See attached flyer for further details: BNF Healthy Eating Week 2018

Free Online Training Course: Teaching Food in Primary

Teaching Food in Primary: The Why, What and How?

A FREE online course for primary and trainee primary teachers to support food and nutrition teaching in primary schools.

Developed by the British Nutrition Foundation, Teaching food in primary: the what, why and how is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to help primary school teachers and trainees plan and deliver high quality food, nutrition and cooking lessons to primary aged pupils. The course has been specifically created for initial and practising primary school teachers. It is based on the requirements of the National Curriculum (England), the government’s Core competences for children and young people aged 5 to 16 years and a guidance document from PHE/DfE to support primary teachers delivering food in schools entitled, Food in primary schools: a framework of knowledge and skills.

The course comprises eight modules, including an overview of whole school food issues, planning for food in the curriculum, how to teach practical food lessons safely and key information on healthy eating and food origins.

The modules are:

  1. Food in schools: Introducing the online training approach and key documents which support food teaching in school.
  2. Food origins: Exploring where food comes from and some of the processes involved in producing food.
  3. Healthy eating: Exploring the Eatwell Guide, its food groups, key messages and application.
  4. Nutrition: Introducing energy, nutrients, fibre and water and the differing nutritional requirements throughout life.
  5. Applied nutrition: Using nutrition knowledge to plan and prepare meals that contribute to a healthy varied diet.
  6. Food safety: Considering and managing food safety and hygiene in the classroom.
  7. Cooking: Managing and preparing the classroom, resources and pupils for safe and purposeful, practical food lessons.
  8. Teaching: Planning a progressive, whole school approach to food.

After each module there is a short test and after the final module there is an assessment. On successful completion of the assessment, a personalised British Nutrition Foundation certificate is awarded.  We expect the course to take around 7 hours to complete. There is no time limit to complete the course and users can start and return to the course as needed, it is hoped that this will make completing the course as manageable and convenient as possible.

If you are a UK primary trainee or practising teacher and would like to register for your FREE course code, click here.   If you work with or know of a primary or trainee primary teacher please let them know about the course.

If you have any questions, please contact Kim Down from the British Nutrition Foundation at or ring on 0207 557 7930




Change4Life: 100 Calorie Snacks

Change4Life has launched an exciting new campaign to help families choose healthier snacks and reduce their children’s sugar intake. The campaign will help parents take action by introducing a new simple tip :

‘Look for 100 calories snacks, two a day max’.

They have created a Local Health Champion toolkit to help you and your friends, family and community choose healthier snacks and cut back on sugar.


Sepsis Awareness Campaign

Public Health England in partnership with the UK Sepsis Trust have launches a campaign to support earlier diagnosis of sepsis in young children.

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition. In sepsis, the body’s immune system goes into overdrive as it tries to fight an infection. This can reduce the blood supply to vital organs such as the brain, heart and kidneys. Without quick treatment, sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death.

The risk of sepsis is highest in infants and older adults from around 55 years of age. However, the focus of this campaign is to help parents of children under 5 identify the signs and symptoms of sepsis, to support earlier diagnosis.

Key messages: Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of an infection. If your child has any of these symptoms you should take immediate action:

  • are breathing very fast
  • have a ‘fit’ or convulsion
  • look mottled, bluish, or pale
  • have a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • are very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • feel abnormally cold to touch

Catching it early can improve chances of treatment, so if your child has any of these symptoms don’t be afraid to go to A&E immediately or call 999.

Please find below some resources to help promote this campaign: