Template letter for teachers to send to parents and carers about the Relationships and Sex Education curriculum changesRead More
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?
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
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.
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 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.
A handy poster designed by Action for Children which covers the core Gender Identity Awareness terminology that young people and the frontline professionals working with them should be aware of. The poster can be displayed in sixth form common rooms, school noticeboards, in staff rooms and on community centre noticeboards as well as being used in Gender Identity Awareness training.Read More
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.Read More
A summary article from Andy Robertson for Internet Matters.org about key information about gaming disorders and what can be done to help children and young people who are experiencing severe gaming disorders.Read More
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.Read More
A comprehensive and interactive toolkit resource developed by the SELMA partners to empower secondary school students to find out more about what constitutes hate speech, how reading and absorbing hate speech affects our mental health and emotional wellbeing and what young people themselves can do to tackle hate speech online. The toolkit can be used in PSHE, RSE, Citizenship, ICT lessons or used outside of school by youth clubs and other organisations.
The toolkit aims to develop 3 skill areas:
Social and emotional learning (SEL) which helps young people develop self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making
Media literacy (ML) which gives young people the ability to analyse, evaluate and create online media messages across a variety of contexts
Citizenship education (CE) which empowers teenagers to make constructive and ethical choices about personal behaviour and social interactions.
A great lesson plan and set of resources produced by Public Health England focussing on Online Stress and FOMO for use in Key Stage 3 and 4 PSHE and RSE lessons. The lesson plans explore how students can reduce the levels of online stress they are experiencing and understanding the importance of asking for help when it is needed.Read More
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.Read More
A useful activity from Young Minds for primary and secondary school teachers to discuss with students the key actions they should take when they are feeling angry. The activity can be differentiated to suit different abilities.Read More
A guide produced by Young Minds for use in Key Stage 3 and 4 PSHE, RSE and Citizenship lessons to help young people to talk about the feelings of anger they are experiencing and find self-care techniques to relax and destress and reduce those feelings of anger.Read More
A handy poster for the classroom and common room noticeboards which advises students of what they can do to reduce their feelings of anger whilst at school.Read More
A resource created by the UK Parliament Education Service for students to learn debating skills and processes that are used in the UK House of Commons.
The resource is designed to help students to form opinions, justify their viewpoints, learn about the importance of playing “Devil’s Advocate” and take part in the democratic decision-making process.
The resource can be used in Key Stage 3 and 4 Citizenship, PSHE, English and History lessons or by an after-school Debating Club.Read More
The Institute of Physics has designed a set of lesson plans for use in Key Stage 3 and 4 PSHE, RSE and Citizenship lessons to help frontline professionals talk about gender stereotypes with their students in an evidence-based and interactive way. Lesson plans cover a range of areas including Unconscious Bias, the Media and the concept of “Stereotype Threat”.Read More
A useful guide designed by the English Speaking Union for secondary school teachers who would like to establish a Debate Club in their school. The guide includes advice and guidance on planning and facilitating the first session, promoting the Debate Club amongst students and other members of staff and provides a list of suggested topic areas for debate at the Club. The Debate Club can be run during PSHE. RSE or Citizenship lessons or be run as a lunchtime or after-school activity.Read More