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Preparing Year 6 pupils for secondary school: free resource

At this time of year primary schools will be starting to think about how they can prepare pupils for the transition to secondary school in September.

Our Moving up! animation and accompanying teacher toolkit supports pupils to identify and manage any potential worries associated with starting secondary school.

The teacher toolkit contains a number of resources including a lesson plan, assembly plan and poster.  

Download it for free



Self Help for Exam Stress

Self Help for Exam Stress

It is normal to feel a bit worried about exams and this may cause you to feel anxious or depressed, which might affect your sleep or eating habits.
If you are experiencing any of these feelings, or are worried that exam pressure is becoming too much, you are not alone, and there are things you can do

Self Help for Exam Stress


Mental Health Awareness Week

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this year’s theme is loneliness. As more of us return to the office and restrictions become a thing of the past, you might expect to see a drop in the levels of reported loneliness and isolation. We know that working can and should be good for our mental health – people who are employed are less likely to report feeling lonely often or always, compared to those who are unemployed or economically inactive. Yet, with the myriad of ways in which work has changed for us all over the last few years, we continue to hear stories of loneliness both at home and in the workplace. 



Top tips for exam preparation this summer

This year students will sit exams set and assessed by exam boards. For many young people this will be the first time you are taking formal exams and assessments so it may be worth taking the time to ensure you know what to expect and how you can best prepare for your exams. Ofqual have published a useful guide to exams which explains the support that is in place for you in taking exams and assessments. It also provides other information about this year’s arrangements.


Understanding Consent

Understanding consent“It’s not about getting the answer you want, but listening to the one you get.”

A 90-second Aardman animation called ‘Consent’ will be used as a teaching resource in schools across Gloucestershire to help young people understand consent and boundaries.

The video has been incorporated into a new primary RSHE lesson plan Understanding Consent. Read the press release.


Dementia Action Week 16th - 23rd May Open Mics Challenge

MicrophoneMake contact
Interview and investigate
Create a visual representation

Take part in our challenge this year and help raise awareness of dementia! Prizes for Key Stage 2, 3, 4 and 5 pupils. By connecting with someone who may be lonely, who may have dementia, or may at times seem invisible to the outside world not only helps them but, in turn, makes us feel good about ourselves. 

Download details about the Open Mics Challenge


Gloucestershire SEND and Inclusion strategies 2022-2025 - Final Webinar 27th April

This April, we’re holding webinars and asking people for their feedback on our proposed SEND and Inclusion strategies before the final strategies are launched later this Summer.  

These are Gloucestershire strategies and together with the Government’s Special Educational Needs and Alternative Provision Green Paper are designed to improve the lives and experiences of children and young people with SEND and their families.

What are the Inclusion and SEND strategies?

The two separate strategies have built on the work from the current Joint Additional Needs Strategy which was developed collaboratively with parents, young people and health and social care partnersThey have been produced together, to make sure that we take a joined-up approach to address the rising level of need in all settings.

They share common goals to ensure that:

  • Locally we grow together and work collaboratively in a structured way with a shared vision that works in the best interests of children and young people
  • Local funding is supporting earlier identification and intervention and that we address barriers that prevent access to earlier intervention
  • Local specialist support is of high quality and available when its needed

View the draft strategies

How can I find out more and provide feedback?

You can find out more about the proposed strategies by joining one of our webinars, where you can ask questions and give feedback. There will also be an online form for feedback available on the webpage soon.

For more information please visit Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and inclusion strategies.


Help for teachers and families to talk to pupils about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and how to help them avoid misinformation.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is distressing and concerning, and we understand children and young people may have questions or be seeking reassurance. We know that schools are well placed to talk to pupils about the images they are seeing and help them navigate the concepts and issues this brings up but we’re also aware that it raises issues some schools and teachers may never have encountered before.

Here we share some useful advice and resources for schools and teachers – but they may also be useful for families and young people themselves.


Talking about Russia and Ukraine

We know that children and young people may be worried or upset when hearing the news about Russia invading Ukraine so we have created a list of resources and organisations that can help

Useful resources for talking about Ukraine and Russia - BBC Children in Need


Free Resources for Children's Mental Health Week

The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is ‘Growing Together’. Our Vision is ‘Sharing best evidence, improving practice’, and to this end we urge you to take a look at the learning opportunities on our website and to share with your networks.


Make Music Gloucestershire's Music in Schools Conference


Understanding Eating Disorders

Around 1.25 million people in the UK suffer from eating disorders. These disorders can cause serious harm, both physically and emotionally, and they have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Dr. Dasha Nicholls explains why early diagnosis, intervention, and treatment is critical in this 8-minute film, from the charity Nip in the Bud.


FREE webinars for professionals

Monday 7th March 2022, 6-6.30pm

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Are you a professional with bereaved children and young people in your care? Join one of our 30-minute webinars to find out more about Winston’s Wish, our bereavement support services and how we can help you as a professional in supporting bereaved children and young people.

Winston’s Wish provides emotional and practical bereavement support to children, young people (up to 25) and those who care for them. Our expert teams offer one off and ongoing bereavement support and we also provide online resources, specialist publications and training for professionals.

In our Meet Winston’s Wish webinar, you will learn how to make a referral and the process of working with Winston’s Wish to support those in your care. There will be an opportunity to ask questions, however we ask that you keep questions general. If you would like to discuss how to support a specific bereaved child, please contact our Freephone Helpline on 08088 020 021 or email



Holocaust Memorial Day

Here you will find resources to help your school mark Holocaust Memorial Day. We have a range of assemblies, lesson plans and activities to help your students learn about the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution, and genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur, as well as contemporary issues.  Our free, downloadable resources contain everything you need to get involved with Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), even if you are new to teaching this subject. Our HMD education guidelines for teachers provide a starting point for planning your HMD activities.


PUBLISHED: PWS county report 2020

The Gloucestershire Pupil Wellbeing Survey county report for 2020 has now been published, following a delay due to covid-19. You can access the report on the Inform Gloucestershire website here 


Are you a professional that needs to talk? Is something worrying you? It really helps to talk to a family member, friend, someone you trust or someone at school or college….


An emotionally healthy approach to GCSEs - a guide for teachers

This guide is part of a series about taking an emotionally healthy approach to GCSEs. This is the teachers guide, and the others are for pupils and parents and carers. The guides are packed with practical tips and ideas to support young people before, during and after exam time. Although written in reference to GCSEs, the content can be applied to any exam.

Please note these guides were last updated in 2019, so they do not refer to the Coronavirus pandemic but the advice is still sound and based on evidence.

Additionally, the following articles relate to the current situation:

Top tips for cancelled exams

Not taking exams is the biggest test of all


Talking to children about online sexual harassment

A new guide for parents has been published by the Children's Commissioner on how to talk to children about online sexual harassment. 

The guide includes tips from young people about how parents can open up earlier conversations about sexual harassment, nudes, sexualised bullying, photo editing, body image and peer pressure. Conversation starters are provided along with lists of organisations for further help and support. 

The guide, which is in part built upon the experiences and voices of young people, provides adults with practical advice on how to navigate discussions with their own children.


What does Covid Plan B mean for schools, colleges, universities and early years?

Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced the implementation of Plan B of the COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan, as a result of increasing pressure on the NHS.

We have already increased safety measures across education settings and we set these measure out in a previous post on 28 November

Here we provide further details on what Plan B means for education settings.


What does Covid Plan B mean for schools, colleges, universities and early years? - The Education Hub (



Bounce - Self harm support for 14-25 year olds in Gloucestershire

This 6 week intervention offers one to one CBT counselling alongside youth work support to help with practical issues.

The aim is to explore healthier coping mechanisms and address other practical issues such as housing, benefits, finding work or training, confidence building etc. at the same time.

Download the Bounce poster.


Are you interested in Department for Education (DfE) funded Designated Mental Health Lead training?

1.  National Educational Leaders in Mental Health Training

Three-day course for Headteachers, Deputies and other Senior Leaders covering culture, ethos, staff wellbeing. Upon completion, participants will achieve a Level 4 Certificate in Mental Health Aware Leadership (Educational Leader) in addition to accreditation as a National Educational Leader in Mental Health.

2.  Advanced Mental Health Lead Training

Three-day course for established mental health leads taking them to the next level and extending their skills. Upon completion, participants will achieve a Level 4 Certificate in Mental Health Aware Leadership.

Both courses require participants to complete some self-study (in a topic that is relevant to your setting) and keep a portfolio to gain evidence of meeting the requirements of a lead and become certified. To register for these courses and learn more about how to apply for the £1200 DfE grant, please go to:



16 Days of Action Against Violence

Tackling domestic abuse in Gloucestershire

Thursday 25 November marks the beginning of 16 days of action against domestic violence, and  to support the campaign, Gloucestershire’s domestic abuse partnership board is launching Gloucestershire’s new strategy which outlines how organisations will work together to tackle domestic abuse in the county.

 In Gloucestershire 38% of violent offences reported to the police are domestic abuse and 78% of victims are female.

The 25 November is also the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and in support; organisations will be highlighting the issue of violence against women and girls and displaying the campaign banner on social media. Please help raise awareness of these issues by sharing our social media.

You can support the campaign by sharing a photo of yourself on social media, wearing orange or posing with our sign. Share your photos with us by tagging @GlosCC and using #GlosIDEVAW.  

Over the 16 days (25 November – 10 December), organisations across the county will be sharing information on the support available to victims and their families.


Domestic Abuse Strategy - Gloucestershire County Council


Mental Health Z Card 2021

Mental health support options for staff, children and young people in one handy flyer

Click the link Mental Health Z card


'Flare' APP is a Safer Gloucestershire app, created for women and girls, to anonymously share their experiences of how and where they’ve felt unsafe.

'Flare' is a Safer Gloucestershire app, created for women and girls, to anonymously share their experiences of how and where they’ve felt unsafe.

The app helps local agencies understand how and where you feel unsafe and take action.

It’s anonymous, quick, free to use and can connect you to support and advice in Gloucestershire.

For more information visit: Flare App | Gloucestershire Constabulary 


Reportable experiences may include:

  • Staring
  • Cat calling/wolf-whistling
  • Inappropriate gestures
  • Inappropriate comments/comments on physical appearance
  • Invading personal space
  • Verbal abuse
  • Drink spiking
  • Being followed/spied on
  • Being bought/sent unwanted gifts
  • Online harassment/stalking
  • Threatening violence or sending threatening objects
  • Unwanted repeated social contact
  • Other stalking behaviour
  • Sexual comments made in public
  • Inappropriate touching without consent
  • Being sent inappropriate images
  • Indecent exposure
  • Up skirting
  • Serious sexual assault/rape


Sign Up Now - 2022 Pupil Wellbeing Survey

All schools and colleges are invited to confirm whether they wish to participate in the 2022 Pupil Wellbeing Survey (PWS)                         

Invitations were sent via email on Thursday 7th October.

Please contact the survey provider, RM Insight at if you have not received the email invitation. 

Schools and colleges should complete the Signup survey by 30th November. 


Keys to Happier Living

Got that "back to school" feeling?

The Keys to Happier Living Toolkit is an engaging, evidence-based programme to promote the emotional wellbeing and resilience of children aged 5-11. 

Based on the 10 Keys to Happier Living framework, this Toolkit includes full teaching materials, personal journals and extensive supporting resources.
Watch our video with Headteacher Alexis Gaffin to hear how introducing the Toolkit and 10 keys into her school has improved student and staff wellbeing.  


Vaccination drop-in clinics for all ages

To view all drop-in clinics, please visit the NHS vaccination Covid portal.

  • Thursday 25 November: Old Cinderford Health Centre | 3.45pm-7.30pm
  • Friday 26 November: Old Cinderford Health Centre | 8:45am-12:30pm and 1:40pm-5:30pm
  • Saturday 27 November: North Cotswold Hospital, Moreton-in-Marsh | 8.30am-1pm and 1.30pm-5pm
  • Sunday 28 November: Rosebank Surgery, Gloucester | 9am-2.45pm

You can visit any of the above clinics if:

  • you need a booster vaccination and it has been 6 months since your second dose of the vaccine
  • you are 12-15 years old in need of a first dose of the vaccine (must be accompanied by a parent)
  • you are 16/17 needing your first dose of the vaccine
  • you are 18+ needing your first or second dose of Pfizer 


Congratulations - Healthy Schools Award

Many Congratulations to the following schools who have been awarded their Healthy Schools:

  • Badsey First School - part of the GLA
  • Churchdown School Academy
  • Denmark Road High School
  • Kingswood Primary School
  • Northway Infant School
  • Ruardean C of E Primary School
  • St. Peter's Catholic Primary School
  • Stow on the Wold Primary School
  • Thrupp Primary School
  • Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre




Thanks to Boob Champions Oh Golly Creative, Coptober is the new October (and October, if you didn't know it already, is Breast Cancer Awareness Month). It might seem strange to dedicate a whole month to raising awareness of breast cancer when most people already know it exists. Whilst lots of us will sadly be all-too aware of the disease, a quarter of young people don’t realise that they are at risk of being affected by it. That’s why we’ve launched our new campaign, Know Yourself, encouraging everybody (and every body) to get to know what's normal for them. Get to know your body - it’s folds, juts, dimples, crinkles, curves - and know how it changes, so you can spot if something doesn’t look normal for you. 


Self Harm Webinar For Professionals


Please email or in order to find out more about this free resource.


World Mental Health Day

In order to support your students this World Mental Health Day (10 October), we’ve created a new Self-care resource to help students explore what self-care techniques work for them. Our range of bite-sized activities cover topics such as mindfulness, connecting with others and kindness, and are supported by engaging videos and personalisable bullet journals.

This resource is underpinned by the Five ways to wellbeing and is designed to fit flexibly into the school day. It also covers core PSHE topics within Relationships and Health Education.


Wellbeing in Education – Coping with the impact of Covid-19; moving on from the pandemic

The aim is to support schools in meeting the emotional needs of pupils and staff to manage the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Developed by the Educational Psychology Service together with Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning and the Advisory Teaching Service

During October and November 2021, we are holding a series of free webinars for all schools and colleges in the county, adapted from the series of webinars presented in Autumn 2020.  These webinars aim to provide tools to enable staff to protect and strengthen their whole school/college’s resilience to the wellbeing and mental health impacts of Covid-19.  

Please book your training spaces by registering your interest to Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


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Black History Month - Teacher Resources

Black History Month takes place every October. You can use this collection of resources to explore black history, heritage, culture and achievements with your class.
Below you'll find content suitable for use with both primary and secondary school pupils. Each resource is accompanied by teacher notes to aid classroom use.
For teachers, you can read this article by Josiah Isles, an assistant headteacher who has written about his experiences within the education system as a black teacher in the UK.
We also have a new series of short films for teachers about being an ally to your students from black, South Asian and mixed heritage backgrounds.
You can also catch up on our panel discussion programme, Beyond Black History Month, in partnership with TES. This programme was originally broadcast live on 21 October 2020 and features ideas and best practice around teaching black and diverse histories and experiences. 



Kooth - free online drop in sessions for professionals

Would you like to find out about what Kooth offers for young people?


During October Kooth  will be running free online, drop-in information sessions for school staff and professionals in the South West, including an overview of the website and an informal Q&A. 

Tuesday 5th October 4 – 5pm

Thursday 14th October 4 – 5pm

Monday 18th October 4 – 5pm  

Please click HERE to register and secure your space



To mark Talk Money Week (8th to 12th November) we’ve teamed up with Young Money to run a series of free online Twilight sessions on the key money and finance issues children and young people face.
We’ll be speaking to primary and secondary school teachers who have embedded financial education into their teaching and learning, sharing what has worked for them, things they might do differently, and some of the unexpected outcomes of financial education.
We’ll also hear from experts about the money-related issues of greatest concern to young people right now, from gambling and fraud to cashless society and cryptocurrency.
And of course we’ll discuss the importance of PSHE education – with a reminder that the ‘E’ stands for economic!
Find out more about the sessions we’re offering below and follow the link to register for all the sessions that are most relevant to you.


Find out more and register


Self-Care September

Self-care isn't selfish, it's essential. No-one's perfect. But so often we compare our insides to other people's outsides. This month we're encouraging everyone to be kinder to themselves (as well as others), especially when things go wrong. Self-care increases our resilience and helps us get more out of life. It also helps us accept others as they are too. To download a PDF click here


Why remembering pupils’ names is so important

Studies show that referring to students by name builds trust and also improves engagement in learning - read the full article by Sarah Cunnane here


Ofsted Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges



Ofsted review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges

Ofsted was asked by the government to carry out a rapid review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges. CLICK HERE to read the report which summarises Ofsted's findings and recommendations.




Peer-On-Peer Abuse - Information leaflet for staff

Peer-on-peer abuse can take various forms and include serious bullying, relationship abuse, domestic violence, child sexual exploitation, harmful sexual behaviour, and/or gender based violence.
This form of abuse occurs when there is any kind of physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse or coercive control exercised between young people. It includes bullying, cyberbullying, sexual violence, harassment and sexting.
It should be recognised that the behaviour in question is harmful to both the perpetrator (who is the young person) and the victim. Behaviour may be intimate or non-intimate.  To download the leaflet click here



Self-care summer activity pack

Self-care is about what you can do to help yourself feel better or to keep yourself feeling good. 

With a range of creative activities, this booklet aims to help children identify strategies that help them should they feel low or anxious. It also signposts them and their families to additional support should they require it. 

Using this resource

          This resource is designed for

  •  children aged 4 to 11
  • use by individual children during the summer break

Schools can find more self-care resources here.  



Sex Education Forum Most Improved RSE Provision Award

GHLL would like to congratulate teachers Emily Hall and Fleur Critchley on their success and winning the award!

Well Done!  Read the announcement in full 


Summer Reading Challenge 2021

This summer Gloucestershire Libraries are once again taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge. This national event, from the Reading Agency, encourages children to enjoy reading and to visit their library – encouraging them to borrow at least 6 books over 3 visits with rewards and opportunities to get involved with other events and activities.

In 2019, when the Summer Reading Challenge last took place in all our Gloucestershire Libraries, nearly 10,000 families took part – discovering reading for pleasure and keeping up their reading skills. Last year despite the Summer Reading Challenge not going ahead in local libraries and activities moving online , library staff still delivered resources to foodbanks and looked after children which were very well received.

This year, library staff will work with foodbanks again, delivering free resources and gifted books to 1200 children across the county. 

This year’s theme is ‘Wild World Heroes’ – inspiring families and children to enjoy reading as well as getting outside to help protect their planet. The scheme will be boosted by activities organised by individual libraries and key cultural partners such as the Everyman Theatre and the Museum of Gloucester. 


If it's bother you, it bothers us

featuring some of the issues being faced by young people and reminding them of the help and services available from TIC+. The video has been co-produced with young people, and features young actors. I’d really appreciate your help in sharing this video widely in Gloucestershire. See the link below:


Celebrating LGBTQ+ contributions to equality & inclusivity

We are exceptionally excited to introduce our #ProuderTogether virtual event on 1 July. Join us as we celebrate the impact and contributions made towards LGBTQ+ equality and inclusivity.

Spaces are limited so book now!


A message from the Children's Speech and Language Therapy Team

A researched targeted language programme to support children’s language development is available free of charge to primary schools. Some schools in Gloucestershire will already have accessed this and NELI are looking to provide further/on-going support for these schools.  If you haven’t enrolled please read on …

Evidence shows that children’s language development has been impacted by lockdown, disruption to their education and reduced opportunities for social interactions.  We know that identifying children’s language needs early and providing them with targeted language support has positive outcomes.  We also know that those who have greatest contact with the child have the greatest impact on their development.

NELI is a school-based programme for children in Reception (4-5 years) which has been found to improve children’s language and early literacy skills.  This programme is funded by the DfE.

Primary schools are eligible to enrol on the NELI programme free of charge (places are being allocated on a first come first served basis and registration is open until 30th July 2021).  To register and find out more please follow this link:

Research into the NELI programme has shown that children receiving this programme have made 3+ months’ progress in their oral language skills when compared to a control group.  These children also made progress is early word reading.

The Programme provides on-line training for staff, includes a language screening tool to identify pupils who will benefit from this approach and printed resources/materials and session plans to provided targeted interventions.

The children’s Speech and Language Therapy service knows that schools play a significant role in developing the language skills of their pupils and we believe that this programme will further support you to improve the outcomes for reception aged children.   


NSPCC Speak out, Stay safe online reminder

The NSPCC Schools Service has developed an online version of our popular ‘Speak out, Stay safe programme’ while we can’t visit schools in person. This is available to all primary settings free of charge.  

There’s still time to use these assemblies for your children in term 6 and the sign up process is quick and easy. Simply follow the link at

The main programme consists of two video assemblies (one for YR/KS1 - 15 minutes and one for KS2 - 25 minutes) that empower children by helping them learn about

  • Speaking out to a trusted adult if they ever feel worried, unsafe or unsure
  • Who trusted adults can be
  • Age-appropriate explanations of child abuse, and that abuse is not OK and needs to stop
  • The Childline service

The programme includes optional supporting resources to consolidate learning, supporting information for school staff and information to send out to parents and carers. The assemblies are perfect for use in class bubbles as they are easily accessed online for use on an interactive whiteboard. The video assemblies include pause points for class interaction, and feature cameos from Ant and Dec!


Alcohol Education Trust Competition

    Deadline extended to 31st July 2021 - Film and poster competition for 15-19 year olds

We are approaching the deadline for our competition challenging 15-19 year olds to produce an Instagram campaign, film or poster on alcohol awareness topics for their peers. This is a perfect activity to keep young people busy as a homework task. There is a prize of £150 for the best entry in each category and four runner-up prizes of £50! Please see for full details. Please share with any 15-19 year olds who might like to be involved! Deadline 31st July 2021. Huge thanks to People's Postcode Lottery for their funding supporting this.


Nurture International Virtual Conference

Nurture International Virtual Conference

Using a Trauma Informed Nurturing Approach to Heal Trauma



Key note speakers

·         Dr Francis McGlone – The importance of touch.

·         Rose Cope – Metacognition

·         Join a variety of workshops during the day that will help you to feel more confident in supporting children’s development and recovery from traumatic events.

·         Gain knowledge of strategies to implement in classrooms and whole schools.

·         Take the opportunity to network with like-minded people.


·         There will be a variety of workshops including:

·         The missing piece of the jigsaw – understanding sensory difficulties,

·         What we can learn from Romanian children,

·         An introduction to the Developmental Portrait,

·         The neuroscience of Attachment

·         Using the six enhanced nurture principles for learning to aid recovery.



·         For outstanding practice in the nurture approach for learning, both a pastoral worker and a teacher, will be presented an award in memory of Mel Moczulzki and Carol Speed.

·         The successful nominees will receive a certificate and a free place on one of the training programmes offered by Nurture International.

Contact us at:

·         To make a booking for the



£35.00 per person



Nominate a colleague for outstanding nurture practice – Deadline for nominations 10 June 2021


Workshops and speakers to support you in your school



Network with like-minded practitioners



We are looking forward to meeting you all.

9.30 am to 4pm. £35.00 per person


Siobhan Baille concerned about sexual harrassment of schoolgirls in Stroud

MP Siobhan Baillie has met with pupils from Stroud High School for Girls to discuss a survey they undertook looking at sexism and violence against women and to discuss their experiences of sexual harassment.

Siobhan met with the pupils from years eight to 11 recently and she was presented with the results of a survey they undertook among 80 Year 9 students.

Read full article here

Watch the parliamentary discussion here


MOVES Transition Webinar

As part of the transition support  that has been introduced in Gloucestershire, the Local Authority has commissioned Foster and Brown Research  Ltd., who operated the very successful transition survey for Year 6 pupils during the first lock down last year. This is a short (about 10 minutes) pupil  focused questionnaire specifically for Year 6 pupils. It’s focus is on transition to secondary school and provide the opportunity for Year 6 pupils to say how they are feeling about this time in their lives.  The aim is for secondary schools to have a clear sense of the well being needs of their new intake pupils, in order to better support the transition process. The data will also help primary schools inform their transition process for next year. Reports will be sent to participating primary schools and destination secondary schools in August. We will be holding  a live zoom Webinar for primary schools to attend on Wednesday June 16th at 3.45pm.  To access the link please email  


Action on ACEs Conference 2021

If you were unable to join the ACEs Conference 2021;  You can still access the site until Thursday 24 June 2021 to find out more about Action on ACEs, our speakers, explore our ACEs e-learning tool, access a range of resources including speakers presentations and recordings of all sessions, including the workshops.  Just click this link to visit the site

Our Story

The story behind Action on ACEs Gloucestershire, a partnership of organisations coming together to take action on ACEs. Find out more



Mental Health Support

Today is the start of Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK and to mark it, we have announced that thousands of children and young people will benefit from better support and expert advice in school and college.The support is thanks to a new multi-million package of mental health support designed to help children and young people recover from the challenges of the pandemic. Download the full document here


Peer Mediation Training by GHLL

  Peer Mediation training offers an opportunity for pupils to learn the skills required to help others resolve conflict. When   implemented successfully, peer mediation can improve pupils' communication skills, provide an alternative to teacher arbitration,   help prevent minor conflicts from escalating and make a significant contribution to calmer and more peaceful schools.  

 Teachers play a vital role in helping to weave the scheme into the fabric of the school.   This is achieved both through discussion in   class and by including a peer mediation system into a whole-school policy on behaviour management and pastoral care. It is   important that school staff understand the concepts of conflict resolution and peer mediation training programmes and how these   complement a number of approaches including restorative practice, circle time, anti-bullying strategies, peer leadership training,   peer counselling, peer mentoring and equality and diversity programmes dealing with prejudice and stereotypes.

 For further  information and to find out about our free training please email


Read the ‘steps to RSHE success’ guidance

Schools are now expected to meet statutory Relationships Education / RSE and Health Education requirements – and we’ve got the guidance you need to do so effectively.
We launched ‘Three Steps to RSHE Success’ guidance for schools last week in partnership with ASCL, NAHT, NEU, the Sex Education Forum, Public Health England, and the Association for Young People’s Health. This guidance will support you and your school to implement statutory RSHE and is accompanied by the #RSHEready podcast series, covering everything from parental engagement to curriculum planning.

Access ‘Three steps to RSHE success’


PSHE Education: Helping Children Navigate a Complex World’ training

GHLL wants to highlight free online training that the PSHE organisation is  running through FutureLearn. The popular ‘PSHE Education: Helping Children Navigate a Complex World’ training explores the nature of PSHE education and provides all teachers – but especially those new to the subject – the fundamentals of safe, effective practice.  Enrol by 2 May to join the course.


Mental Health Awareness Week May 10-16

Mental Health Awareness Week May 10-16

It's Mental Health Awareness Week and a great time to think about how we're feeling. The national lockdown has been difficult for many of us and now that restrictions are easing there may be new challenges to consider. So for Mental Health Awareness Week we have a new article on the COVID-19 hub that gives you tips on how to cope with anxiety about coming out of lockdown. We have also updated Every Mind Matters resources to help conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it. 

The Better Health - Every Mind Matters website has recently been refreshed to help people access our content more easily.


Summer sun

Summer Sun Awareness Week 10-15th May

 Drop in and meet Gloucestershire Hospital's Clinical Nurse Specialist & Cancer Support Worker at The Macmillan Hub at  Gloucester Royal Hospital, find out more about the dangers of unprotected sun exposure, and how to protect your skin and what to look out for if you're worried.

 Come along to the Macmillan Information Hub in The Atrium

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Mental health resources for children, students, parents, carers and school/college staff

We know that the pandemic and the associated measures and restrictions, such as social distancing and school closures, will be impacting on the mental wellbeing of some children and young people. Below, we have put together some useful links and sources of support so that children and young people, parents, carers, and school and college staff can get the advice and help they need. We have also added a new module to the RSHE  curriculum for primary and  secondary schools specifically designed to focus on mental health.

Mental health resources


Psychological First Aid: Supporting Children and Young People

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    Psychological First Aid: Supporting Children and Young People

Psychological First Aid: Supporting Children and Young People

Get Psychological First Aid training to support children and young people’s mental health during emergencies and crisis situations


DfE message about RSHE - February 2021

23 February 2021

At this half-way point in the academic year, the Department for Education (DfE) has shared a fresh message about implementing RSHE. Statutory status officially began in September 2020, with expectations about full preparedness lengthened to summer 2021 to deal with the impact of Covid-19. The message helpfully encourages schools to keep on going with their preparations through the spring and summer terms, and to continue consultation and policy development processes alongside curriculum delivery to meet pupils’ needs. 

The full DfE message and our comment is available from our website.


External Agencies and RSE

Schools are receiving many offers of help with RSE delivery from a range of
organisations and individuals. Some of these may be familiar but others will be new. 

How is a school to know what would be suitable for its pupils and whether the input offered will be in line with its approach to RSE? This guide aims to help schools consider how external agencies can best contribute to Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). It is also relevant to RSHE and broader PSHE education.

To download the full document click here


Better Health - Every Mind Matters

Public Health England are launching the Better Health - Every Mind Matters campaign to support the nation’s mental wellbeing with the encouragement that “When things aren’t so good out there, make inside feel better”. Aimed at adults, but weighted towards those most at risk of mental health problems, this “Make Inside Feel Better” 2021 phase of the campaign will run across PR, radio, social and digital. The key message will be to encourage people to create a free NHS-approved ‘Mind Plan’. 


PSHE - lessons on loss and bereavement

On average, 1 in every 29 children will be bereaved of a parent — the equivalent of one in every class — and many more children will experience the death of another family member or friend. These lesson plans provide the opportunity to take a sensitive approach to learning about bereavement in the classroom. They will support children and young people to develop the skills and understanding they need to deal with this particular life event.

The free resource packs include a teacher guidance document along with a lesson plan and PowerPoint for each lesson.

Visit Winton’s Wish to download the free materials


Music Inclusion Conference 2021

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5 Ways to support our mental health while teaching from home

  • Detox digitally: Try to find time in your day to unwind from digital appliances, giving your eyes, head and brain a chance to detox from the constant speed of media content. It is good for your health and wellbeing to switch of all devices one hour before bedtime each evening.
  • Set good Boundaries   Aim to keep your workspace, recreation space and sleep space and times separate to help distinguish between work, home life and rest. Make a conscious effort as you walk into your work space and also leave it at the end of the day.
  • Find new ways to connect?  Try setting yourself small tasks, rewards or challenges throughout the working week. Make small changes to your daily walk, change the route or try a different activity or hobby in the evening that you haven’t tried before.  Keeping your mind enquiring and engaging in finding new things can ease the current pressures and support your mental health.
  • To read the full article click here


Pupils can access free books during school closures

Check out this site


Sexual Violence Awareness Week Training

Sexual Violence Awareness Week begins on 1st February. As part of this week, the below training session is available to all professionals who wish to learn more about responding to disclosures of sexual violence.


The session brings together expertise from Hope House Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre and research from the University of Gloucestershire. It will cover how best to support survivors, what you can do, and what survivors say isn't helpful, and how to look after yourself.


Booking can be made via the below link on any one of the 3 sessions available:


Dementia Awareness Film - I'm still here

GHLL are funded through the CCG  for Dementia education in schools and colleges.  A video filmed with pupils from Newent Community School, alongside people living with Dementia is available. Download a summary and get more dementia resources


Yoga for emotional health and wellbeing

Yoga resourcesYoga resources to help you use breath, movement and relaxation in the classroom for Primary and Secondary schools

GHLL, in partnership with Active Gloucestershire and Shift, bring you a series of videos to guide teachers and pupils through breathing, movement and relaxation techniques to support their emotional and physical health and wellbeing.

The practise of yoga helps young people to become aware of their breath, bodies and minds, noticing sensations and learning to mindfully watch thoughts as they come and go, and how to alter their breath to control their nervous system. This has a powerful effect as it separates the young person from being actively involved in their thoughts to being able to choose which thoughts and feelings they want to act on. 



Tic+ Parent Support Groups


Tic+ are pleased to announce that we will be launching a series of Parent Support Groups from February 2021.  
The groups are for parents living in Gloucestershire who are worried about the mental health andemotional wellbeing of their child or young person (between the ages of 11-18).  

Groups will take place initially by Zoom on a variety of days and times. We aim to run groups face-to-face from April 2021 (providing COVID restrictions allow for this) at Gloucester, Forest of Dean and Cheltenham venues.  Further details can be found on the new Parent Support Group page of our website.  Electronic versions of the information leaflet and diary listing all groups are available here - feel free to share.

Parents will need to self-refer by completing the Online Referral Form accessed from the Parent Support Group page of our website. Telephone self-referrals are also accepted. For further information  and feedback please email Judith Bell 


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FREE Wellbeing Webinars


Wellbeing for Education Return - Virtual Training for all Schools

Wellbeing for Education Return - Virtual Training for all Schools



The Educational Psychology Service in collaboration with Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning and The Advisory Teaching Service are offering Virtual Training for all schools as part of the DfE’s Wellbeing for Education Return Programme.

Up to two members of staff from each school in Gloucestershire are invited to attend two free webinars over the coming weeks.


The training, devised by the Anna Freud Centre, aims to:

  • Increase knowledge of the potential mental health and wellbeing impact of Covid-19 on staff, children and young people, parents and carers.
  • Build understanding of evidence-based and straightforward responses and resources to support recovery.
  • Introduce school and college staff to evidence-based resources and structures for dissemination to children and young people, parents and carers.
  • Raise awareness of specialist and wider support services (statutory and independent) and when and how education professionals might signpost or refer children and young people, staff and/or parents and carers to them.See attached PDF for booking details and further information.and searching for “Wellbeing for Education Return”. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, with a maximum of 30 participants to allow attendees to share and learn from one another.Autumn TermAutumn TermSpring Term
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Self Harm Webinar

We have been supporting people affected by self-harm for the past 11 years. 

Please join us on 29th April 2021 @15:45pm to find out more about how we help people.

To book your free place on our webinar please email:



Professionals Webinar - Gloucestershire Self Harm Helpline

Self Harm webinar - we have been supporting people affected by self harm for the past 11 years.  Please join us on the 17th February to find out more about how to support people who contact us.

To book your place on our webinar please email: 





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