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.
A handy resource list for Year 10 PSHE teachers to help deliver empowering and inclusive careers education lessons. Resources include lesson plans, worksheets and PowerPoints and focus on topics including Personal Action Plans, roles in business and managing your online identity.Read More
Youth Employment UK has developed a useful set of teaching resources for use in PSHE lessons around careers education. The resources include lesson plans on careers in STEM and information about the free membership programme available to young people aged between 14 and 25 which contains links to information, advice and guidance about professional skills to be developed.Read More
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
New research into the association between sexting and sexual behaviours and mental health amongst adolescents published by JAMA Pediatrics.
A meta-analysis of 23 studies comprising 41 723 participants found that adolescent sexting is significantly associated with sexual activity, multiple sexual partners, lack of contraception use, delinquent behavior, internalizing problems, and substance use. The associations between sexting and multiple sexual partners, drug use, smoking, and internalizing problems were stronger in younger compared with older adolescents.Read More
In March 2018, the government launched a review into Children in Need (CIN). The evidence showed CIN on average have poorer outcomes at every stage of education than their peers and are more likely than other children not to be in education, employment or training (NEET) after age 18.
This document looks at the records between 2012-13 and 2017-18, particularly at the characteristics and interactions that CIN received from services.
Key statistics from the report include:
Between 2012/13 and 2017/18, there were at least 1.6m children in need of social care services. This equates to around 1 in 10 children in 2018 who were in need at some point in the previous 6 years
98% of state schools had at least 1 pupil who was CIN
CIN pupils are 50% less likely to achieve a good pass in English and Maths
Pupils who were in need at the end of Key Stage 4 were around 3 times less likely to go on to study A levels at age 16, and almost 5 times less likely to enter higher education at age 18 .
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 summary guidance from The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist which explores risk management concerning current Fraser Guidelines and young people. The article can be used in CPD training sessions on Safeguarding with frontline professionals.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
A set of lesson plans and resources created by the Geographical Association for use in Key Stage 3 and 4 Geography lessons exploring the key topics of Population and Housing. The lesson plans cover a number of topics, including: