Category Archives: WCC PSHE 2. Resources & News

Values, Money and Me: Free KS1 & KS2 Economic Wellbeing Resource

‘Values, Money and Me’ — a free online resource from Experian to help KS1 and KS2 pupils explore the world of money and economic wellbeing — has been awarded The PSHE Association Quality Mark.

Values, Money and Me contains 10 character-led story units, each of which centres on a storybook with accompanying downloadable lesson plans and classroom materials, as well as online interactive quizzes and games. Your pupils will enjoy following the lives and experiences of the stories’ characters, who are all dealing with dilemmas and challenges around money.

Download ‘Values, Money and Me’

Free webinar – RSE and Health Education 2020: Links to food and nutrition

Join Frances Meek (BNF) and Louise Davies (Food Teachers Centre) as they discuss the RSE and Health Education curriculum 2020 and your role in implementing this in your primary or secondary school. Find out how you can plan and deliver this important agenda, and the help and support available to you, and your colleagues.

Webinar: Tuesday 30th June at 10am – register here.

Matching Career Choices With Personal Values

The PSHE Association has worked in partnership with the Environment Agency to develop this new free-to-download teaching resource, ‘Growing careers for positive change: Creating a better place’, for Key Stage 4. The lessons, with accompanying PowerPoints and resources, explore personal values and how these relate to our career choices and the decisions we make about our lives.

Both lessons in this pack guide students to consider how their values can inform their career choices in order to make a difference to their local and global community, and how holding and acting upon these values can affect wellbeing. The resources emphasise the link with climate change, highlighting that the career we choose is one way to make a difference about issues we care about.

Other topics covered include:

  • Strength, interests, skills and qualities in relation to future careers choices and employability
  • Career identity including values in relation to work
  • Goal-setting and action-planning based on personal values
  • Identifying organisations for employment that align with personal values

An accompanying Teacher Guide outlines how to plan the lessons into your PSHE curriculum, and provides advice on creating a safe learning environment for your students and signposting to additional support (including further careers advice).

Gambling Harm Prevention – New Resources

The PSHE Association are delighted to launch two gambling education lesson plans — with accompanying PowerPoints — for primary pupils (Key stage 2), and highlight updated Key stage 4 lessons that reflect latest practice.

They are also launching their latest podcast episode on current trends regarding gambling harms and young people, as well as one-page briefings summarising key extracts from their teacher handbook on ‘How to address gambling through PSHE education’.

These materials are all free to download from their gambling education hub and have been written in partnership with BeGambleAware, a charity championing a public health approach to preventing gambling harms.

Primary lesson plans and PowerPoints: Exploring risk in relation to gambling

Children and young people are increasingly exposed to gambling and gambling-related activity through gaming, advertising, social media, betting shops, arcades and casinos. These two primary lesson plans are in recognition that the issue needs to be addressed at an earlier age, in a way that lays the ground for learning in the secondary phase.

The materials will support children to recognise, evaluate and manage risk and link this to gambling. They will also explore influences and pressures on people to gamble and show young people how to get help should they or others need it:

  • Lesson 1 – ‘Exploring risk’: this lesson explores pupils’ understanding and assessment of risk in a variety of situations and develops helpful strategies for managing when risk arises.
  • Lesson 2 – ‘Chancing it!’: a Year 6 lesson exploring risk in relation to gambling and its effect on wellbeing

Secondary lesson plans and PowerPoints

Secondary schools will be required to ‘teach about the risks related to online gambling including the accumulation of debt’ from September as part of statutory Health Education. These three key stage 4 lesson plans will support you to cover the topic with confidence.

Updated for 2020, these latest versions reflect current best practice and the latest version of the PSHE Education Programme of Study. They will support pupils to identify risks and understand how to make good decisions in risky situations; to develop strategies for recognising and managing impulsive behaviour; and to understand the role and influence of advertising.

Podcast – Reducing the odds of gambling harm through PSHE

In this new episode of “PSHE talks”, Sam is joined by Subject Specialists Anne Bell and Sally Martin and Dr Elly Hanson — an independent clinical psychologist who’s been researching PSHE’s role in gambling harm prevention work. Together they discuss the wider context for this work and explore the current trends around gambling harms and young people. These guests give their unique insight into what they believe schools should be covering on this topic and practical advice on effective delivery of gambling education in the classroom.

Handbook and one-page briefings

The PSHE Association published their teacher handbook in December — a ‘how-to’ guide for covering gambling education through PSHE. The new one-page briefings cover a selection of key content from the handbook under four themes: the rationale for delivering gambling education; what effective gambling education looks like; considerations for visitors working with schools; and considerations for schools when working with visitors.

Visit the PSHE Association Gambling Education HUB to access all materials


Breast Cancer Awareness Lessons

CoppaFeel! has produced a Breast Cancer Awareness lesson pack which has gained The PSHE Association Quality Mark for PSHE education resources. CoppaFeel! is a breast cancer education charity that has developed lesson plans to encourage young people to get to know their bodies and adopt healthy behaviours from a young age.

This free-to-download lesson pack covers content relevant to your whole class, and includes three lesson plans with accompanying activities and resources (including videos) to help you deliver engaging lessons on this important topic.

CoppaFeel! was founded in 2009 to raise awareness among young people about getting to know their bodies and the importance of detecting any unusual changes early. They work nationally to encourage young people to check their breasts and pecs regularly; know the signs and symptoms; and feel confident to act upon noticing any changes.

The school pack will support you to equip your students with:

  • essential knowledge about breast cancer
  • information on healthy lifestyle choices that may reduce a person’s risk of getting cancer
  • guidance to help them get to know their bodies
  • guidance on what to do if they find something that’s not normal for them

CoppaFeel!’s School pack will support new statutory Health Education requirements to ensure students ‘understand the benefits of regular self-examination’ and the pack includes teacher guidance to help ensure content is delivered in a safe, confident and effective way.

Download CoppaFeel’s School Pack here

How to address Gambling through PSHE Education

The PSHE Association is working in partnership with GambleAware to support children and young people to understand, and avoid, risks associated with gambling. The first product of this partnership is a teacher handbook: ‘How to address gambling through PSHE education’, which is free for schools to download.

This handbook collates latest research into how the curriculum can address gambling and identifies relevant knowledge, skills and attributes students should develop during primary and secondary education.

This work is timely given secondary schools will be required to ‘teach about the risks related to online gambling including the accumulation of debt’ from September 2020, as part of statutory Health Education.

They hope this handbook — and additional materials to be published in the New Year — will increase the number of schools addressing this important issue, and give teachers the confidence to cover it to a high standard through their PSHE education curricula.

Download the handbook