Posts in KS 1
NSPCC "How Safe Are Our Children" 2019 Report

The 2019 NSPCC annual report looking at levels of online activity and online child sex abuse recorded in the UK. Key findings include:

  • 44% of 5-15 year olds own a smartphone

  • 90% of 11-16 year olds said they had a social media account

  • Year on year increases were recorded in the numbers and rates of police-recorded online child sexual offences in England and Wales and Northern Ireland;

  • Increases in the number of URLs confirmed by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) as containing child sexual abuse imagery since 2015

  • the majority of parents, carers and members of the public agree that social networks should have a legal responsibility to keep children safe on their platforms.

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Teaching Online Safety in School Department for Education Guidance

A new guidance document from the Department for Education for primary and secondary schools to help them to provide the knowledge and skills training to children and young people to empower them to use the internet safely.

Topic areas covered include:

  • How to evaluate what children and young people see online

  • How to recognise techniques used for persuasion

  • Online behaviour

  • How to identify online risks

  • How and when to seek support

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AGENDA NEU RSE and PSHE Resource

AGENDA is a new online resource developed by the National Education Union (NEU) to help teachers and teaching assistants to talk about positive relationships with students in an evidence-based and accurate way.

Through starter activities and case studies, AGENDA invites professionals to explore inclusive, creative and rights-based approaches to a range of issues including: feelings and emotions; friendships and relationships; body image; consent; gender and sexuality equality and equity; gender-based and sexual violence.

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Learning Theories and Models Website

This Learning Theories and Models website introduces key learning theories and models to frontline professionals training to be a teacher, teaching assistant, trainer or is interested in learning more about how people learn. The theories covered include Cognitive Apprenticeship, Social Learning Theory and Theory of Mind.

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Online Safety: A Practical Guide for Schools: Balancing risks and opportunities and promoting a practical approach

A guide produced by RM Safety providing practical tips and advice to school-based professionals on ensuring online safety of children in their school. The guide has 4 sections:

  • Policy and practice, leadership and management

  • Training and education for staff, students, parents and carers

  • Technical solutions

  • Reviewing your approach

The guide should be shared with all professionals responsible for ensuring the online safety of students, including the ICT team.

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""Now You See Us": Identifying and responding to the scale of social, emotional and mental health needs in primary school children" nurtureUK Report

A new report released by nurtureUK which explores the core social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs of primary school students with reference to data gathered by use of the Boxall Profile, designed by nurtureUK. Staff from 30 primary schools across England took part and they reported that use of the Boxall Profile helped them to better identify and respond to the SEMH needs of their students.

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The mental health impacts of divisive policies in schools- learning from the past

A new blog post by Dr David Woodhead which makes the case as to why LGBTQIA+ inclusive school policies and procedures and a LGBTQIA+ inclusive RSE Programme of Study matters in improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of LGBTQIA+ students. Dr Woodhead draws on his experiences of Section 28 and the effect it had on student mental health and emotional wellbeing from the late 80’s to the early 2000s and beyond.

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British Red Cross Teaching Resource for Refugee Week 2019: "You, me and those who came before"

The British Red Cross has designed a new teaching resource for this year’s Refugee Week on the theme of “You, me and those who came before”. Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 students are encouraged to explore the generations of refugees throughout history and the reasons why they decided to leave their homes. The resources include a separate primary and secondary school PowerPoint, a list of key facts to share with students and an activities guide. The resource can be used in PSHE, RSE, Citizenship and Geography lessons.

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Teach First Cross-Phase Toolkit: Supporting Smooth Transitions for Pupils between the Phases of Formal Education: A Guide for Teachers and Schools

A useful toolkit compiled by Teach First to provide tips and suggestions for teachers and schools who wish to work together to improve the experience of transition from Early Years into Primary School, Primary School to Secondary School. It is intended to inspire and enable to initiate and maintain collaborative cross-phase work that is going to have a positive impact on the children or young people that schools work with.

The toolkit contains two sections:

  • Research - Looking at the need for cross-phase collaboration and exploring what effective cross-phase collaboration looks like

  • Stories of cross-phase collaboration in practice, with accompanying resources that teachers can use.

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Talking Mental Health Animation and Toolkit: Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

A toolkit produced by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families aimed at providing primary school students with an understanding of mental health and the difference between “every day feelings” and “big feelings” as well as developing an understanding of what good listening skills look like.

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The Power of Youth Social Action #IWill Impact Report

The #IWill campaign has produced an impact report exploring the positive outcomes which have resulted from young people engaging in youth social action projects in their local communities. The report shows that young people increasingly want to participate in youth social action projects as a way of getting their voices heard. The report includes sections on what good youth social action projects look like and the critical role that schools have to play in encouraging young people to engage in social action projects.

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Setting up a Debate Club: A Guide for Primary Schools - The English Speaking Union

A great guide from The English Speaking Union on how to set up a Debate Club for primary school students. The guide includes information on planning and facilitating the first session and examples of topics that are suitable for Key Stage 2 students to debate. The model can be used in PSHE, RSE and Citizenship lessons as an alternative to traditional Circle Time activities or can be set up as an after-school activity to help improve students’ communication skills and self-confidence.

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UK Parliament Teacher Resources and Lesson Plans for PSHE and Citizenship Lessons:

The UK Parliament Education team has produced a wide variety of resources and lesson plans which can be used by teachers in PSHE and Citizenship lessons to help students to learn about the role that Parliament plays in our day-to-day-lives, as well as to learn about the importance of voting and being an active British citizen. Resources include the “Discover the UK Parliament” booklet for Key Stages 1 and 2 and the “Get to Know your UK Parliament” booklet for Key Stage 3.

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