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Keeping Children Safe in Education

This statutory guidance from the Department for Education, for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment has been updated.

This guidance applies to all schools and is for:

  • headteachers, teachers and staff
  • governing bodies, proprietors and management committees

It sets out the legal duties you must follow to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18 in schools and colleges.



Consultation on: Ending the Sale of Energy Drinks to Children

This consultation seeks views on a proposed ban on selling energy drinks to children. It also asks for views on:

  • what products should be included in any restrictions
  • what age limit a ban should apply to
  • whether sales of energy drinks from vending machines should be restricted
  • whether there are any changes that would be more appropriate than a ban on sales to children or that could be applied as well as a ban

Energy drinks are soft drinks that contain higher levels of caffeine than other soft drinks, and may also contain a lot of sugar. Evidence suggests that excessive consumption of energy drinks by children is linked to negative health outcomes such as headaches, sleeping problems, irritation and tiredness.

The consultation proposes that a ban would apply to drinks that contain more than 150mg of caffeine per litre and prevent all retailers from selling the drinks to children. It follows the publication of the latest chapter of the government’s childhood obesity plan in June 2018, which outlines a series of measures as well as a commitment to halve childhood obesity by 2030.

The online survey can be found here: Sale of energy drinks to children.

This consultation ends at 11:59pm on 21 November 2018


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