Posts in KS 3
NSPCC "How Safe Are Our Children" 2019 Report

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.

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Free Careers Education and Teaching Resources- Key Stage 3 and 4 and FE Youth Employment UK

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.

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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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Teaching Online Safety in School Department for Education Guidance

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

  • Online behaviour

  • How to identify online risks

  • How and when to seek support

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AGENDA NEU RSE and PSHE Resource

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.

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Association of Sexting with Sexual Behaviours and Mental Health Among Adolescents

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.

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Children in need of help and protection (CIN) Review: Final data and analysis

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 .

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"Left to Their Own Devices: Young People, Social Media and Mental Health" Barnardo's Report June 2019

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.

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Learning Theories and Models Website

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.

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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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Art Works: Using the Arts to promote Emotional Health and Wellbeing in Schools

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.

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Children's Understanding of Depression Research Summary - Association for Child and Adolescent Health

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.

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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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