Category Archives: WCC PSHE 2. Resources & News

Pilot free resources for Reducing Intolerance and Promoting Social Cohesion

The Behavioural Insights Team is working with the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government to trial an innovative PSHE education initiative aimed at promoting social cohesion and are looking for schools to take part.

They are recruiting secondary schools to pilot evidence-based PSHE education materials focused on improving students’ well-being, sense-of-belonging, openness, and critical thinking. The lessons have been designed in collaboration with academics from Stanford, Yale and Oxford Universities and are being reviewed by the PSHE Association to ensure they reflect safe practice PSHE learning principles.

Applicants chosen to participate will benefit from free training to support delivery of the materials and coverage of costs to help schools engage with the project.

Visit the project website for more information about the trial. You can register your interest by emailing the Behavioural Insights Team at or arrange a call directly with the team by clicking here. Applicants must be PSHE leads based in a secondary school in England. The trial will start in September 2019 and high levels of interest in this project are expected so would encourage prompt application to avoid disappointment.

New KS3 & KS4 Knifefree Lesson Plans and Materials

The PSHE Association has been working with the Home Office and its members to create new and improved #knifefree PSHE education lesson plans ahead of the summer holidays. Download them here.

The PSHE Association published original #knifefree resources last year, and they have proved very popular with their network with over 14,000 downloads to date. This latest version of the resource pack includes real life case studies of young people from the latest Home Office #knifefree campaign along with new content on the importance of having good role models, including:

  • An updated lesson for key stage 3 recognising and evaluating the risks of carrying a knife
  • An updated lesson for key stage 4 challenging common misconceptions about knife crime and exploring how young people can choose to live knife free and achieve their potential
  • A brand new extension lesson, adaptable for either key stage 3 or 4 students, which explores the impact of role models on decision making and helps students to develop strategies to manage peer influence and pressures to carry a knife

The PSHE Association is very grateful to all the teachers and schools who contributed their excellent feedback during development of these lessons. They are also keen to get your feedback on these latest materials, so appreciate if you can complete this short Home Office survey once you’ve downloaded and used them.

Are You Delivering PSHE in a SEND context?

The PSHE Association remains fully committed to supporting colleagues working in SEND contexts. They are now seeking feedback from members on how they can build on the support they provide. This includes reviewing their Planning Framework for pupils with SEND so that it is mapped to new statutory PSHE guidance for Relationships Education/RSE and Health Education, and seeking to build a dedicated SEND area on our website.

What do they need from you?
They would like to invite anyone delivering PSHE education in a SEND context to join their new SEND network by registering your interest using this short form. This will inform their SEND work more broadly, but are particularly interested at this stage in recruiting people who have used – or considered using – the Planning Framework for Pupils with SEND. In such cases the PSHE Association will be in touch with follow-up questions shortly to establish how you have used and applied the framework in your school. These short case studies will prove invaluable when reviewing the framework so The PSHE Association greatly appreciates your help.

Warning against using Breck’s Last Game

A film has been launched for use in schools and the PSHE curriculum called ‘Breck’s Last Game’.

The film focuses on the murder of Breck Bednar, a teenager who was groomed online, and aims to be an educational resource to reduce young people’s vulnerability to online grooming. The PSHE Association has significant concerns about the educational effectiveness of this film and its likely impact on young people, and warn schools against using it.

The film’s aim of reducing young people’s vulnerability to online grooming is laudable, and providing young people with the knowledge and skills they need to recognise risk online and seek help is a crucial part of PSHE. However, though this film has been produced with the best of intentions, it is not in line with best practice principles in PSHE education and as a result The PSHE Association does not believe it will support learning around reducing young people’s vulnerability.

The film focuses on a tragic real life story and contains some scenes which will disturb or traumatise some young people. The film has been certified as 15 but we do not believe it is suitable for use in any PSHE classroom. From an educational perspective there are a number of reasons for not using shocking or upsetting films, stories or images:

  • Using shocking imagery, stories or videos can retraumatise pupils who are already more vulnerable to distress in this area.
  • Using extreme examples and images can actually delay young people from seeking help. Pupils may see or hear a story and be left with the impression that “my situation is nowhere near as bad as that” and so feel they are not yet deserving of help or support. This might be the case particularly when teaching pupils about relationship abuse, drug use or gang crime.
  • Extreme cases may be more likely to make young people think ‘that won’t ever happen to me’ than the desired ‘that could be me’ response.
  • In a classroom, it is very difficult for pupils to disengage; they cannot simply stand up and walk out without inviting attention or further consequences.
  • For more info on best practice in using stories of crime in PSHE see The PSHE Association’s Police in the Classroom handbook.

    The PSHE Association advise schools not to use this film with young people as part of their PSHE curriculum. Their concerns are not limited to the full version of the film, and whilst accompanying lesson plans are available, these do not provide a safe and effective context for using either version of the film.

Step Up, Speak Up!

A practical campaign toolkit to address the issue of online sexual harassment amongst young people aged 13 – 17 years (Childnet International).

This toolkit includes a range of resources for young people and the professionals who work with them, including teachers, pastoral teams, senior school leadership and police forces.

Online sexual harassment encompasses a wide range of behaviours that use digital content (images, videos, posts, messages, pages) on a variety of different platforms (private or public).

This toolkit specifically focuses on peer-to-peer online sexual harassment taking place between young people.

Step up, Speak Up!

The latest resources from ThinkuKnow

1.Engage secondary-aged pupils with the Thinkuknow toolkit
This Toolkit uses the Thinkuknow website as an engaging learning resource for young people aged 11 and over. It has been recently updated to help those aged 14+ learn more about sharing nude images.

The Thinkuknow website tackles a wide range of issues including child sexual exploitation, pornography and digital dating. Supporting young people to explore the information on will help them to:

  • Develop healthy approaches towards sex and the Internet
  • Identify and respond to negative behaviour online
  • Know where to go for help

Download the Toolkit

2.  How to Keep under 7’s safe online

It is more than likely that the under 7s you work with are spending a significant amount of their life online watching videos, gaming, and connecting with friends.  Take a look at our new blog post which outlines resources designed to help you educate your 4-7s on how to navigate their online world safely.

3. Two new articles for Parents and Carers

  • Viral scare challenges: Earlier this year, you’ll have been aware of stories and warnings circulating online about online scares or suicide challenges. Most have been found to be hoaxes, fake news or wildly exaggerated stories. Share our new article with parents to help them to speak their child about online scares, and how to respond if they’ve seen one.
  • What is the Internet of Things? More families are buying internet-enabled devices such as smart speakers, toys that connect to the internet and even Bluetooth enabled toothbrushes. All of these devices are commonly referred to as the ‘Internet of Things’.  Share our 9 tips for parents to help them use these devices with children safely in their home.

4. Book onto the CEOP Ambassador Course

By becoming a CEOP Ambassador, you’ll gain access to CEOP bespoke Thinkuknow Introduction Course that you can use to train the professionals you work with.  The training will provide you with the knowledge and skills to deliver the course which includes modules on online sexual abuse, nude image sharing, and using our resources. You’ll also have the chance to network with other professionals and share best practice.  Ambassador dates for 2019 in London is the 8th August. Find out more about the course and to make a booking, click here.

5. Digital Families 2019: Wellbeing in a Connected World

Join CEOP and Parent Zone for their annual Digital Families conference in London on 9 October 2019. Focusing on digital wellbeing, you’ll have the chance to hear keynotes from leading experts, take part in workshops, and join a debate about children’s wellbeing in a connected world.  Find out more on Parent Zone’s website.

6. Latest Guidance

Stay up to date with the latest guidance and research from across the sector on CEOP professionals website. Here’s a selection of what we’ve recently added:

Non-statutory guidance

Research and insights