Category Archives: WCC PSHE 2. Resources & News

NewsWise launches PSHE lesson plans for KS2

Newswise has greatly enjoyed working in partnership with the Guardian Foundation and National Literacy Trust, with funding from Google, to deliver a range of news literacy training and resources for primary schools as part of the award-winning NewsWise project.

They are now delighted to announce the addition of three new PSHE education lesson plans to the suite of free NewsWise teaching materials for primary schools. These latest NewsWise lesson plans are linked to the new statutory Health Education and Relationships Education guidance, and cover:

  • Managing feelings about the news (lesson 3) — a lesson that explores the emotional impact of news and gives pupils strategies to manage it
  • Spotting fake news (lesson 5) — a lesson to help pupils understand the nature of fake news and its potentially harmful impact on individuals
  • Understanding that news is targeted (lesson 6) — a lesson that helps pupils to understand that online information is ranked, selected and targeted and supports them to become critical consumers of such information

Access the NewsWise Lessons & Resources

Getting your school ready for statutory PSHE changes and the new Ofsted framework

As you know, Relationships Education and Health Education will be compulsory aspects of PSHE education in all primary schools from September 2020. The PSHE Association have just launched a set of handy explainer slides to help you and your school prepare for these changes.

This free-to-download presentation will help you to explain these developments to your senior leadership teams, boards of governors and other colleagues. It covers practical steps to take, guidance to have in place and resources you can use.

They also explore how PSHE education is likely to play a greater role under the new Ofsted inspection framework, particularly in evidencing ‘personal development’, as well as making a unique contribution to safeguarding. Please download and share widely, and feel free to get in touch with questions or feedback.

Download your Statutory Changes Explainer Slides

Exploring Cybercrime: KS3 Lesson Plans

Two free lesson plans from the National Crime Agency on the causes and effects of cybercrime, and how to avoid it. 
The National Crime Agency is aware of an increasing number of young people engaging in acts of cybercrime, often having been encouraged to do so by criminals in hacking forums or via online gaming. These two key stage 3 lesson plans explore the risks involved in committing cybercrime, and will help your students to recognise and avoid the techniques used to manipulate young people online.

PSHE education provides an ideal context for this learning, as it develops relevant skills such as decision making, risk assessment, ability to recognise manipulation and effective use of exit strategies, while providing key facts about cybercrime.

The lessons aim to help students:

  • recognise what cybercrime is, and its causes
  • avoid manipulation online
  • explain the effects of committing cybercrime for both the target and perpetrator
  • seek support and understand the positive pathways for young people interested in computing

Download the Free Exploring Cybercrime Lesson Plans

New Mental Health Lesson Plans for KS1-4

The PSHE Association are delighted to launch 18 updated and re-designed lesson plans on teaching about mental health and emotional wellbeing through PSHE education.

These KS 1 – 4 lessons (originally produced under DfE funding) are now in line with the PSHE Association’s updated mental health teacher guidance and will support you to plan for new statutory PSHE requirements regarding Health Education, Relationships Education and RSE. They have also launched new PowerPoint versions exclusively for PSHE Association members.

Lessons in key stage 1 and 2 include teaching about identifying and talking about feelings; understanding how feelings affect behaviours; strategies to manage feelings; the link between mental and physical health; and managing the transition to secondary school / key stage 3.

Lessons in key stage 3 and 4 include teaching about challenging stigma related to mental health; promoting emotional wellbeing and healthy coping strategies; developing ‘digital resilience’ in the context of online pressures; reframing negative thinking; awareness of unhealthy coping strategies such as self-harm and eating disorders; and awareness of common mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression.

Brand new PowerPoint versions of all mental health lesson plans are exclusively available to PSHE Association members, complete with:

  • Teacher-only slides with clear guidance notes to support you through lesson delivery
  • Student-facing slides to support engaging lessons
  • A range of activities to deliver during lessons

Download the Mental Health Lesson plans, Powerpoints & Guidance here

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.