Template letter for teachers to send to parents and carers about the Relationships and Sex Education curriculum changesRead More
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.
BBC Teach has created a set of resources for RSE KS2, including a video on Sexual and Gender Identities. In the video, children ask questions to peers that they trust in order to improve their knowledge and understanding. The adults’ answers are not scripted and draw on their own knowledge and experiences.
What does stereotypes mean?
What’s the difference between sex and gender?
Does everyone have a sexual orientation?
New guidance from the National FGM Centre for primary and secondary schools which aims to equip professionals to feel confident in responding to safeguarding concerns relating to girls at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
The guidance covers areas including:
FGM and the law
FGM risk factors
Requirements of the new statutory RSE guidance regarding FGM
How to explore concerns with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
An important framework produced by the UK Child Internet Safety Centre (UKCIS) for use in primary and secondary schools and covering areas such as Self-Image and Identity, Online Bullying, and Copyright and Ownership.Read More
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
How to identify online risks
How and when to seek support
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.Read More
Barnardo’s has released a research report into young people’s use of social media, with a specific focus on the effect of using social media platforms on mental health. The authors explored the views of children and young people, parents/guardians/carers and frontline Barnardo’s practitioners.
The report found that:
78% of practitioners working with children aged between 11 and 15 had accessed unsuitable or harmful content through social media
84% of practitioners working with children aged between 11 and 15 were able to use social media to access advice and help for mental wellbeing
Children and young people want guidance on social media to focus on the stories of children and young people who have first-hand experience of social media.
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.Read More
Authenticity Consulting LLC has compiled a summary document on the different types of learning - i.e. Single Loop, Double Loop and Triple Loop. The definitions can be used as part of CPD training for frontline professionals in schools, colleges and universities.Read More
A blog post from Inner Drive which explains the concept of “looping” and why it can help to improve young people’s retention of information in the classroom.Read More
A new free pack from Google and Parent Zone which can be ordered from the website to help Key Stage 2 students to learn about Online Safety in an empowering and evidence-based way. The pack includes PSHE Association-accredited lesson plans and activities.Read More
A short article by Dr Pooky Knightsmith for Sec Ed Magazine highlighting 5 key steps that school leaders and teaching staff can take to support young carers in their school to thrive academically.Read More
A useful guide co-produced by The Carer’s Trust and The Children’s Society to provide school leadership teams, teachers and non-Teaching staff with the knowledge and skills they need to empower young carers to achieve their academic potential and aid their social skill development whilst at school. The guide covers a number of important topics, including:
Reviewing school provision for young carers
Introducing a Young Carers School Operational Lead
Setting up systems to identify, assess and support young carers
Raising awareness of caring responsibility with the peers of students with caring responsibilities.
An interactive copy of the “Engaging with All Parents and Carers” booklet created by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families which help teachers to discuss mental health and emotional wellbeing in an empowering and evidence-based way with parents/guardians/carers. The booklet has been developed in consultation with experienced teachers, clinicians and parents, including the Centre’s Parent Champions.Read More
A report produced by City Arts which examines the Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) project facilitated in Nottinghamshire which included arts activities which were designed to improve emotional health and wellbeing of students. 18 schools took part in the TaMHS project and the project evaluators found that arts projects based in schools could be used to help raise awareness of mental health issues and that the relationships forged between artists and students could open up conversations which students would otherwise feel unable to have with their teachers.Read More
Tate Kids have a great set of resources for use in Key Stage 2 Arts lessons to encourage creativity and understanding of different artists and artistic techniques. These include exploring the stories of 5 Women Artists and learning about Keith Haring.Read More
A summary of new research conducted by the Association for Child and Adolescent Health which looks at children’s understanding of depression, based on their study of fictional texts. Children aged between 8 and 12 took part in the research. Researchers found that children tended to anticipate negative outcomes if the character's depression had not been treated. 1/3 of the children who took part in the research expected that there would be a deterioration in the fictional child's emotional state and children aged 11 and 12 years were naturally more sophisticated in their thinking about depression.
The research highlights the need for preventative school-based interventions in primary school that address the misconceptions that children have towards mental health, in particular anxiety and depression.Read More
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
Reviewing your approach
The guide should be shared with all professionals responsible for ensuring the online safety of students, including the ICT team.Read More
A poster designed by the team at Success in Schools Ltd providing key information that frontline professionals need to aware of from the Keeping Children Safe in Education Guidance. The poster can be printed off and displayed in staff rooms and used as part of internal CPD training sessions.Read More