Useful PSHE resources for schools
Healthy School PSHE Coverage Overview Guidance Documents
These documents aimed at primary and secondary schools, have been created by Cornwall Healthy Schools to provide schools with guidance about structuring their PSHE curriculum, including a possible way to organise the PSHE curriculum and different PSHE topics that could be covered throughout an academic year. It also provides schools with a range of free lesson plans and accompanying useful resources, which could be used to teach the different PSHE topics. However, it is just a guidance document; the school is best placed to make decisions about how to offer children a broad and balanced PSHE curriculum.
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Digital risk and resilience tools
MindEd are hosting a resource that has been developed as information and support for all professionals who work with children and young people on digital risk and resilience. The content has been co-produced by Xenzone and young people from their online counselling and support service, KOOTH.com. For further information and learning on this topic, try their e-learning session on digital risk and resilience
Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools
This is non-statutory advice from the Department for Education. Maintained schools have obligations under section 78 of the Education Act (2002) which requires schools, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society. This guidance relates specifically to the requirements to actively promote fundamental British values in schools and explains how this can be met through the general requirement in the 2002 Act.
This advice is primarily for: headteachers and other staff of maintained schools who are responsible for curriculum matters, and governing bodies
The main points of this advice are to make clear:
- that maintained schools should promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development;
- what is expected of schools in promoting fundamental British values; and
- how this aligns with schools’ duty to promote SMSC.
Protecting Children at Risk of Harm from Radicalisation or From Being Taken into Conflict Zones
The Department for Education has updated statutory guidance – Working Together to Safeguard Children and Keeping Children Safe in Education – to make it clear that radicalisation is a safeguarding risk. Working Together explicitly states that Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) should publish a threshold document and that they “should agree with the local authority and its partners the levels for the different types of assessment and services to be commissioned and delivered.” The Department has written to LSCBs advising them to consider referring explicitly to radicalisation in their threshold documents.
For the most current information relating to this subject, please go to the Department for Education website.
Terrorist Discussion Advice
Whilst normally all learning in PSHE education is built into a planned progressive programme, there are times when we may need to respond immediately to unforeseen events, such as terrorist attacks. When terrorist attacks occur, young people may wish to talk about them and the context for this discussion may be in PSHE education lessons. It is impossible to create a ‘one size fits all’ lesson plan that will be appropriate for all such events but this document may be helpful in structuring discussion. The resource is available, via this link.
Schools can receive support from Barnardo’s for their work helping LGBTQ children and young people who are being bullied.The Barnardos Faith Toolkit will give schools and local communities the tools to effectively address homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying, and support young people.The resource includes views from all the major religions, as well as an information pack with background to the issue, advice sheets and personal stories from the LGBTQ community. Barnardo’s Positive Identities Service developed the toolkit with local schools, faith, gender and sexual orientation groups.The toolkit is available in a variety of ways – further information is available from Yasmeen Sharif, Children’s Services Manager on 07785 252603.
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