Posts in KS 1
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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Nothing About Me Without Me: A Disability Equality Education Teaching and Learning Resource for PSHE Education

A guide produced by Carousel, an award-winning charity which specialises in supporting people with learning disabilities to develop their creative skills, for use in PSHE lessons. The innovative resource is designed to help narrow the attainment gap of students with disabilities as well as to tackle disability-focussed bullying and harassment in schools.

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Equaliteach Guide: Tackling Disability-Related Bullying in Primary Schools

A guide produced by Equaliteach for frontline professionals in primary schools designed to help them to address bullying and harassment based on prejudice towards students who have a disability or are perceived to have a disability in an effective manner. The guide includes ideas on activities that can be used to discuss disability and to discuss the importance of tackling bullying on the basis of disability with students.

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Disability Action Alliance Information Pack for Professionals working with Children and Young People in Schools

A comprehensive pack designed by Disability Action Alliance to help frontline professionals working with children in schools to develop their awareness of disability, including how they can take action to tackle Disability Hate Crime. The pack includes links to a variety of resources that have been designed, by different organisations, including resources designed by Altogether Better which focus on developing students’ ability to question the stories that they read in mainstream media articles about disabled people, particularly the negative language.

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The Linking Network: Primary lessons that develop an understanding of British values and universal values

A great guide from The Linking Network providing lesson plan ideas on teaching students about British values and universal values in order to develop the understanding and skills they need to be a British citizen. Lesson plans are provided on Democracy, the Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect, Tolerance and Diversity.

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Early Support for Military-Connected Families: Evaluation of services at NSPCC Military Sites

A new report by the NSPCC Learning team which evaluates interventions and services which are provided to military-connected families at NSPCC Military Sites.

Findings from the report include:

  • Drop-in services can provide the early-help support that children need to cope with the challenge of having a parent/parents who are in the Armed Forces

  • Parents who access drop-in services were more likely to feel less socially isolated and lonely

  • School-aged children valued opportunities at the drop-in centres to talk about their mental health and emotional wellbeing needs.

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Body Image: How we think and feel about our bodies research

New research compiled by the Mental Health Foundation exploring body image and how it effects our mental health and levels of emotional wellbeing. The research explores body image in each life stage, as well as provides information on how we can protect, promote and maintain body image and encourage body positivity.

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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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Timpson Review Summary of Findings May 2019

A short press release from the Department for Education on the findings from the Edward Timpson Review looking into levels of exclusions and the academic attainment levels of students in Alternative Provision settings.

Findings include:

  • 78% of permanent exclusions issued to children with special educational needs (SEND) or classed as being eligible for Free School Meals

  • 4.5% of children in AP settings achieved a good pass in their English and Maths GCSEs in 2016-17.

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Health and Safety Executive Stress in Education Talking Toolkit

A new toolkit produced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) designed to help reduce levels of stress prevalent amongst teaching staff in secondary schools. The HSE states that over 500,000 working days were lost in secondary schools as a result of work-related stress in the past 12 months.

The Talking Toolkit can be used by managers to facilitate open and honest conversations with staff about their mental health and emotional wellbeing needs.

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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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BooksForTopics Best Books by Year Group Lists for Infant and Primary Schools

The BookForTopics team has compiled a list of books that they believe should be read by each Year Group to help with their academic, social and emotional development. Book suggestions cover a wide range of themes and have been selected to be age-appropriate whilst encouraging students to think more about the world they live in.

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Charlie Waller Memorial Trust Resources for Schools

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust have a plethora of resources to help teachers to talk about mental health and emotional wellbeing in schools with students in a evidence-based and effective way. Resources available on their page include Exam Wellbeing guides, draft Wellbeing Plans and low mood posters which can be printed off and displayed in staff rooms and common rooms.

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