Posts tagged Advice
Female Genital Mutilation: Guidance for Schools

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)

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Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and non-Teaching Staff - The Carers Trust and The Children's Society

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.

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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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Action for Children: A Guide to Supporting Trans Staff and Volunteers

A straightforward guide produced by Action for Children for managers in their organisation designed to provide them with the basic level of awareness needed to ensure that trans staff and volunteers in their organisation feel supported whilst they are working for the organisation. The guide includes sections on legislation, pronoun use, terminology and dealing with transphobic language. The guide can be easily adapted by HR professionals for use in their own organisation.

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BBC Teach Resources on Supporting Transition from Primary to Secondary School

A comprehensive resource webpage from BBC Teach, with toolkits, lesson plans and activities designed by the BBC and partners including Young Minds which aims to provide advice and guidance on how best to support students as they transition from primary school to secondary school. The guides cover advice and guidance on mental health and emotional wellbeing, getting to grips with increasing workloads and how parents, guardians and carers can help best support their child/children as they go through the transition stage.

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"Using Cognitive Load Theory in the Classroom" Inner Drive Blogpost

A new blogpost by the Inner Drive team which highlights the importance of understanding Cognitive Load Theory in planning and facilitating interactive lessons. The blog highlights the latest evidence supporting the theory, alongside tips on presenting information that is clear, coherent and concise in lessons so that students have the best chance of absorbing information.

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Creating a dementia-friendly workplace: A practical guide for employers- Alzheimer's Society

A useful guide from the Alzheimer’s Society with information, advice and guidance on creating a dementia-friendly workplace for staff and service users designed for employers and HR professionals. The guide includes sections on dementia awareness, supporting employees with dementia and signposting information to organisations who can provide further information, advice and guidance in their local area.

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Sexting in Schools and Colleges: Responding to incidents and safeguarding young people

A guide from the UK Council for Child Internet Safety for education professionals in schools and colleges to help them respond effectively to incidents of sexting to ensure that the wellbeing of young people is safeguarded. The guide includes sections on disclosure and reporting incidents to the police, searching students’ devices and educating young people about sexting in PSHE and RSE lessons.

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Childline Exam Stress and Pressure Resources

A resources page from Childline to help students to develop the resilience skills and self-care strategies they need to cope with exam stress and pressure. Information includes advice on how to spot the signs of exam stress, coping strategies to deal with pressure and how to navigate external challenges and problems that may compound exam stress, such as relationship issues.

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Support to Tackle Exam Stress from BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize has developed a number of resources for young people to explore when preparing for exams and for dealing with exam-related stress which can be shared by teachers in form time .

The resources available include:

  • Dr Radha’s Exam Survivors podcast

  • How to deal with exam stress video

  • Exam Essentials Series.

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A Briefing Paper on Ramadan- Newham Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education

A handy resource for education professionals to find out more about Ramadan, including advice on how schools should regard Ramadan, any potential effects of children and young people fasting on their ability to participate in sport or undertake exams and whether schools should communicate with all parents about preparations and provisions for Ramadan.

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Fraud advice for online gamers - Action Fraud

With more secondary school pupils choosing to play online games and the likelihood of them progressing onto pay-for games as they get older, they need to be aware of the potential scams that they may encounter whilst playing online games. The information from Action Fraud can be incorporated into Key Stage 3 and 4 PSHE and ICT lessons to inform students about these scams.

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Advice for Arranging and Conducting Farm Visits -Advice for Schools

The Outdoor Education Advisors’ Panel has produced guidance for primary and secondary schools interested in arranging farm visits for students to help them learn more about agriculture and the food that they eat. Advice is given on key areas, including choosing a farm to visit, health implications and what to do during and after the farm visit.

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Police in the Classroom: A handbook for the police and PSHE teachers

A great handbook compiled by the PSHE Association which focuses on how representatives from local police forces can be involved in the delivery of PSHE lessons, whether this be through visiting schools to talk about the role the police play in local communities or delivering lessons on an aspect of the PSHE curriculum which they deal with. Sections include “Maximising the benefits for police, teachers and pupils”, “Planning safe, meaningful learning” and delivering PSHE sessions.

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Expert Advice and Guidance Videos - Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing from The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has produced a series of videos which are based on providing more information, advice and guidance to frontline professionals working with children, young people and their families on mental health and emotional wellbeing. Each video contains information, advice and guidance delivered by an expert in the area covered in that video.

The topics covered by the videos include:

  • Anxiety

  • Measuring Pupil Wellbeing

  • Depression in Adolescents

  • Bereavement

  • Low Mood

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