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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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:
Yoga 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
National Lockdown & Domestic Abuse
As we enter another lockdown, it's important to remember that home isn't a safe space for everyone. With more people being at home, and schools being closed, we need to ensure we are continuing to provide support and advice to victims of domestic abuse.
This is an extremely risky time for victims of abuse.
As well as supporting people with their health and social issues at this incredibly difficult time, you as professionals are likely to be supporting service users who are experiencing higher levels of domestic abuse. Isolating/distancing guidelines mean this could be even more difficult than usual. It is likely that more perpetrators are going to be in the home when we try and contact the victim, or the victim calls in for support. There are things we/you can do to try and minimise the risk to the victim -
NEVER leave a voice message if you believe the victim and perpetrator share a home.
If you think the perpetrator has answered the phone, ask for somebody else - a made up name - and pretend you have dialled the wrong number.
Call from a withheld number so the perpetrator cannot trace it/call you back
If you do manage to speak to the victim, ask them yes/no questions
Help the victim to think of a false reason for the call in case the perpetrator asks - for example, 'it was the bank' or 'it was Nurse calling about xyz'.
Agree on a code word for the victim to use if they need your help but can't say explicitly.
If the victim uses the code word, or you feel they are in need of assistance/are in danger, call 999.
If the victim wants to refer, but can't access the internet safely, offer to make the referral for them.
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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
The Daily Mile has been a useful activity for schools during the pandemic, as it allows children and staff to get outdoors while socially distancing. We hope the new Daily Mile Destinations resource can help get children moving more in school and bring extra fun and learning to the school day. Travel the Great Wall of China, soak up the spray at Niagara Falls, stand in awe as the sun rises over the pyramids of Giza and visit Chile’s Easter Island!
Whatever your journey looks like this year, let The Daily Mile Destinations help you along the way, keeping your pupils fit, focused and flourishing – the journey is in your hands. To sign up click here
In this toolkit, we’ve created and curated a set of resources focusing on inclusivity and celebrating our differences - all with a mental health focus.
These resources provide specialised knowledge and support for diverse groups of children, and celebrate the unique and different qualities each child brings to your school community.
The toolkit is split into two sections:
‘The same but different’ resource set
We’ve created a set of resources all about celebrating diversity and difference. There’s an assembly plan, tips from teachers, and three lesson plans for different age groups. You can use these resources in the week leading up to World Mental Health Day, to help you create a mentally healthy culture in your school.
Further resources to support diverse groups of children
Evidence shows that some groups of children may need more support with their mental health due to their past experiences. We have collected together resources to be delivered to, or inform your work with, groups of children who may need more support.
There are resources included for:
Children who identify as LGBTQ+
Children from ethnic minority groups
Children who are refugees and asylum seekers
Children who are looked-after
You can find lots more information and resources for other groups, and further factors that can effect children’s mental health, in the risks and protective factors section of Mentally Healthy Schools.
Partner Support for Mental Health & Well being in Gloucestershire
Get involved by wearing odd socks (Monday 16th), sharing on social (Thursday 19th)
#Agoodfriend taking a pledge + school resource packs available to download.
Hands. Face. Space
Public Health England have a new campaign. With winter fast approaching, the 'Hands. Face. Space' campaign urges the public to continue to wash their hands, cover their face and make space to control infection rates and avoid a second peak. Click here to view the full campaign
Children love to socialise and as they get older, they will want to stay in touch with their friends online.
This week your final activity pack for parents and carers to deliver to their children explores how they can stay safe while connecting with others on social media apps and platforms:
PSHE Association has provided this video-webinar which is intended as a starting point to get you thinking about what a ‘recovery curriculum’ means in your school and what you can do to start planning for embedding a recovery curriculum now.
This session will cover:
What are the key concerns for young people returning to school?
The role of PSHE education vs pastoral care
Recommendations for immediate, medium and long term responses that could form a recovery curriculum
A resilience and coping framework for supporting transitions back to school
As schools and colleges prepare to close for summer, we know that many of you will be concerned about supporting pupils' mental wellbeing over the coming weeks. To help with this we’ve created primary and secondary#SelfcareSummer packs to offer children and young people some fun self-care activities and signpost to additional support if needed. We'd love you to share these with your pupils or any networks who may find these useful.
Head High Heart Strong - G15 Virtual Celebration of Success 2020
PSHE EDUCATION - PLANNING FRAMEWORK FOR PUPILS WITH SEND
Supporting PSHE education leads and teachers working with pupils with special educational needs and disability (SEND) in both special and mainstream settings is a key part of our work. We are therefore delighted to launch this fully updated version of the PSHE Association Planning Framework for Pupils with SEND.
All schools are required to teach the majority of PSHE education from September 2020. This includes Relationships Education at key stages 1 and 2,Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at key stages 3 and 4, and Health Education in both primary and secondary phases. This latest version of our Framework accompanies the 2020 edition of the PSHE Association Programme of Study for PSHE education and is fully aligned with the Statutory Guidance for Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education from the Department for Education (DfE). We have mapped the content grids from this statutory guidance to the Planning Framework, and adapted learning outcomes appropriately in cases where statutory content may not be accessible for pupils with SEND.
e-Bug Health Educator Training
Online Safety At Home: Gaming
Online gaming can offer many positive experiences. It can give children and young people the chance to escape into a virtual world, to learn, and to connect with others.
However, there is a risk of children and young people viewing inappropriate content in games and being contacted by adults seeking to exploit them.
This week your activity pack for parents and carers to deliver to their children explores how they can stay safe while gaming:
The video is available here if you'd like to watch it or share it with others.
YOUR 10-DAY HAPPINESS PROGRAM
Anthony also mentioned the online program to learn and practice the 10 Keys to Happier Living. You can find this at 10daysofhappiness.org
Over 25,000 people have already taken part and analysis shows that it leads to a significant increase in average levels of wellbeing. So please share with others who could benefit from a happiness boost right now.
Thinkuknow - Send me a pic?
Send me a pic?
New nude image sharing resource for 12 - 14 year olds is here!
Q&A for schools & colleges - Managing the transition back to school
With most schools and colleges planning for the return of all pupils and staff in September, this Q&A is focused on the topic Managing the transition back to school. We will be addressing some of the new challenges that schools are facing in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and staff. You will also have the opportunity to ask any related questions directly. If you have not yet had a look at the Managing the transition back to school resource that we published a couple of weeks ago, please do so.
"Kooth" - New Mental Health Service
A new mental health service, “Kooth”, was launched on Tuesday this week (26th May). It is available to young people aged between 11 and 18 years in Gloucestershire. This is part of a range of new services being introduced to help those in the county that have been, or are being affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. Kooth is an online digital platform that provides access to self care resources, information, peer support and access to trained counsellors. It is open to anyone experiencing issues with their emotional wellbeing, such as stress or anxiety and there is no need to be referred.
Kooth compliments a range of existing mental health services available to support people in the county. For a full list of local services, please visit here.
Preparing your child for the first day back in school
Applying the 4 Rs of Trauma-Informed Approaches in the Return to School
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recommend four key assumptions for a trauma-informed approach. This blog attempts to apply these “four Rs” to the imminent return to school as the COVID-19 restrictions are eased. No matter when this return occurs. These are useful principles to keep in mind as schools support this challenging transition. Read the full article here
Get Set to Eat Fresh
Looking for ways to support your students with simple and engaging activities for home and in school?
Created in partnership with Team GB and Aldi, Get Set to Eat Fresh offers free resources for 5-14s for food tech, geography, science and PSHE.
Explore our free curriculum-linked resource library aimed at developing cooking skills, knowledge of nutrition and healthy habits, including our new Home Learning Hub.
You may recognise the expression “it is better to give than receive”, but did you know this is backed up by research?
People who are kind and compassionate see clear benefits to their wellbeing and happiness. They may even live longer. Kindness can also help reduce stress and improve our emotional wellbeing. We have some tips and suggestions for doing something kind for a friend or stranger today in our ‘Kindness Matters Guide’
10 Days of Happiness - free online coaching program for challenging times
Boost your wellbeing during the crisis
The Covid-19 pandemic brings big challenges for our mental health, whether you're isolating at home or trying to live with the new restrictions. This program can help you cope and find a little more happiness in these crazy times.
The Young Minds Matters team have created a set of Wellbeing packs to support children, young people and parents around some specific issues they may be struggling with during the Covid-19 period. They also include packs to help teachers around how they can support the children and young people they are working with. Click here to view the resources available.
ThinkNinja is an app (Free to download from the App Store) specifically designed to educate 10-18 year olds about mental health, emotional wellbeing and to provide skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well. An introduction is available at https://youtu.be/2pY36_kxIB0
The new COVID-19 content provides an opportunity to understand the following:
Fears relating to the virus
Isolation struggles and how to stay connected to family and friends
Worries about personal health and health of family members
The ‘Antibiotic Guardian’ youth programme provides a unified source of activities that are suitable for ages 5 to 18 and are designed to be fun, engaging and active. Activities can be executed easily at home with minimal equipment and link with key curriculum areas including science, design and technology, PSHE and even art and design; providing a well-rounded programme for home-schooling.
Resources focus on three main topics:
Preventing the spread of infection
Antibiotics and antibiotic resistance
Random acts of kindness during the Coronavirus outbreak
The Health and Well-Being Board has been developing a Gloucestershire Children and Young People's Strategy. This was prompted by our work with young people of all ages across the county and from questions they raised about how life has changed for their generation which has lived with austerity. Our current situation prompts us to ask these questions with renewed urgency as the effects of Covid-19 will be with us for many years to come and the most vulnerable in our society are likely to suffer the most severe consequences. Please encourage young people from schools and colleges to complete this questionnaire. You can also find further details and a link to the questionnaire on www.childfriendlygloucestershire.com We will feedback to you in the autumn before taking decisions about how to plan for our future work programme with and for our young people.
One of Britain's leading artists, Sir Michael Craig-Martin, has designed a poster for adults and children to colour in and display as an appreciative show of support for the selfless work of NHS staff. Sir Michael said, "Now more than ever is the time to show our appreciation for the courageous work of our NHS staff across the UK. We might be in lockdown but, by colouring in this design individually and sharing it either in windows or digitally, you can show your personal support for the selfless work they're doing to save the lives of our friends, family and loved ones."
HM Government’s Stay Home, Save Lives Coronavirus campaign “Act like you’ve got it”, which has now launched across TV, radio, outdoor, social media and print. The campaign, which communicates the Government’s advice on measures to manage the pandemic, is designed to drive an increased urgency and compliance around key behaviours and are particularly aimed at those who haven’t yet changed their habits. It can be used by a whole range of partners and organisations, There are now also Stay At Home resources specifically for:
In these challenging times, we are glued to the news and social media even more than ever before. New stories are pinging into our news feeds all the time making it increasingly hard for everyone to spot genuine stories from trusted sources.
Help young people navigate their way through with BBC Bitesize'sFact or Fake? which has tips and advice on spotting fake news and developing the critical thought processes necessary to make sense of it all. There are short films, tips, advice and great fake news quiz to try.
Pupil Wellbeing Survey 2020 Closure
Due to the current closure of schools, it is with regret that we have made the decision to close the 2020 Pupil Wellbeing Survey (PWS) with immediate effect. There will be no further opportunity to participate in this survey during this academic year. We may consider running another survey around a specific topic in the Spring term of 2021, but this will not be an extension of the 2020 PWS. For more details go to https://www.ghll.org.uk/pws/
These resources are on the e-Bug website and training is available through GHLL. Please email email@example.com for more details
Mindful March Calandar
Let's be more mindful and live in the present *
This Mindful March Action Calendar has daily suggested actions to do throughout March 2020 to help you be more mindful and live in the present moment.
You can download it as an image file for sharing via social media or a PDF file for printing. Pass on to others and help to spread the word * Add your details below to receive future calendars *
Non-statutory guidance to schools on Character Education and development for pupils
In November, last year, the DfE published non-statutory guidance for schools on character education and development. This guidance is for school leaders and teachers considering the rationale for character education and personal development, and the practicalities of provision and delivery. The guidance will support schools as they consider the 2019 Ofsted inspection framework, the social, moral, cultural and spiritual development of pupils, and their preparations for the introduction of RSHE subjects. It provides schools with six benchmarking questions to support reflection and the self-evaluation of current provision.
Public Health England resources- Relationships and Sex Education
Public Health England provides free, curriculum linked resources which offer ready-made PSHE lesson plans which map against the new RSE and Health Education statutory guidance. Rise Above for Schools focuses on building resilience and improving mental health in young people (10-16 year olds) and currently has resources available on a range of topics including: forming positive relationships; dealing with change; body image in a digital world; puberty; sleep and social media. All resources are quality assured by the PSHE Association. Coming soon: Lesson plan content on sexual health.
Public Health England also offers free, curriculum linked Change4Life resources on nutrition and physical activity for primary school children. These include maths resources to help pupils get a better understanding of how much sugar they are consuming as part of their diet through the counting of sugar cubes, to science experiments to show the effect sugar has on teeth, as well as interactive whole school assemblies featuring Disney characters. All resources are downloadable from the School Zone. Sign up to the School Zone newsletter to be alerted when new resources are available.
NHS Blood and Transplant resources
From September 2020 blood, organs and stem cell donation will form part of the national curriculum for pupils in Key Stage 3 and 4 (11-16 year olds) in England.
NHS Blood and Transplant have created a suite of organ donation teaching resources that are free to download. They are currently creating their blood donation materials and would welcome your suggestions. If you have any feedback, questions or suggestions regarding either their organ or blood donation teaching materials please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Staying Safe Online
Stonewall in partnership with Childnet have updated Staying Safe Online - Practical strategies to best support all children and young people online, including those who identify as LGBT. Click here to view the article. Published February 2020.
Join The Big Quiz - The UK's Nationwide HIV Charity Quiz!
This year is our second year of THE BIG QUIZ, National AIDS Trust's annual campaign to unite people, universities, schools and workplaces to do the same quiz, on the same day, with the same aim - to achieve equality for people living with HIV.
We provide everything you need to plan and run your own quiz.
Your free quiz pack includes:
Questions and answers
A quiz master script
We can also send you red ribbons, balloons and of course you will have support from our fundraising team throughout!
We're hosting our flagship quiz on 23rd April, and we'd love it if you did the same. But if that date doesn't work you can host your Big Quiz any time around this date.
Taking part in The Big Quiz is a really fun way to help to spread HIV awareness and help us raise vital funds to continue our work to end new HIV transmissions and tackle stigma and discrimination.
For more information or to get your free quiz pack contact:
Alice Goldsmith | Individual and Community Fundraiser | NAT (National AIDS Trust)
FREE PSHE Conference for Primary Schools 27th of March at Rendcomb College
The focus of the conference is on relationship and Sex education including LGBT+.
As you know, new regulations mandate that from September 2020, all English Secondary schools, in including those in the independent sector teach RSE, all English primaries teach relationships education, and all English schools teach health education. Whilst many of us are already covering RSE and other mandated topics, I thought it would be prudent to invite in speakers (see below) who can help bridge any gaps, so we are ready for the change next September.
Andrew Moffatt (MBE) -
Andrew, the assistant head teacher at Parklands community school in Birmingham, was shortlisted for the World’s best teacher prize last year for his work on a policy called “No Outsiders” which promotes diversity and LGBT+ inclusivity at the 770-pupil school, where over 20 nationalities are represented.
He is able to advise on how we can better teach diversity through all key stages. Andrew will also talk about how he and the school have overcome protests from certain sectors of the community who are against the teaching of LGBT+.
Alice Hoyle -
Alice is an RHSE Advisory Teacher. Not only does she teach but she also writes, advises, advocates and campaigns on all aspects of Relationships, Health and Sex Education. Alice previously worked as a head of PSHE in a secondary school, SRE Adviser for the London Borough of Enfield and an HIV education adviser for the London Boroughs of Enfield and Haringey. In 2014 Alice was shortlisted for Sexual Health Professional of the Year.
Her second book, Great Relationships and Sex Education, 200+ Activity Ideas for Educators of young people, has just been published and she will be bringing copies to the conference for you to purchase at a special rate.
Keynote Speakers will be followed by breakout sessions.
The conference on 27th March 2020 will start at 10 am and will end at 1pm. Unfortunately Rendcomb College does not have capacity to offer lunch. Due to parking restraints, places are limited and will be on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to attend, you can register using the following link.
Michelle Lucas-Halliwell, Head of Welfare, Rendcomb College
Fin & Bear Flyer
What is Mental Health - Poster
This free symbol supported poster is a great conversation starter when talking to young people about what mental health is and why it is as important as physical health.
YoungMinds 360° Schools
We know how important the wellbeing of your students is to you, but it can be difficult to know where to start.
By joining our 360° Schools’ Community, you’ll receive e-newsletters packed with free teaching resources, videos, tips and examples of good practice in mental health and wellbeing from other professionals, straight to your inbox. Click here for full details
New scheme to provide FREE period products to Schools & Colleges
DfE has just launched a new scheme to provide free period products for all schools and colleges.
There is a wide range of products available for schools and colleges to select from, including sustainable and eco-friendly products. Once products are delivered, it will be up to school and college leaders to decide how they make products available to learners, in such a way that maximises support and minimises stigma.
More information about the scheme can be found here:
Access to the Lodeseeker® database ceases on Friday 31st January 2020. There will be a break in service for a very short period whilst access to the new database is finalised and schools will not be able to access their historic data via the Review Tool button during this time. If you have an urgent need to access your data, please contact Helen.Flitton@gloucestershire.gov.uk and we will do our best to provide you with the information you need. Please be assured that we have all of the historic data and it will be available to you in the normal way by 5th February.
Sexual Violence awareness week 3rd Feb - 9th Feb 2020
Share across social media with the hashtags – #itsnotok #sexualviolenceawareness2020 #OurCommunityAgainstDASV @GlosTakeaStand
Happiness Calendar January 2020
Action for Happiness - Our monthly calendars are packed with actions you can take to help create a happier and kinder world. Click the calendar. (09/01/20)
BlueIce is an evidenced-based app to help young people manage their emotions and reduce urges to self-harm.
It includes a mood diary, a toolbox of evidence-based techniques to reduce distress and automatic routing to emergency numbers if urges to harm continue.
Scrub Up On Science
BRAND NEW COMPETITION FOR 2020 IS COMING SOON Use your knowledge and skills to get creative with the science behind cosmetic and personal care products Look out for further information (Dec19)
Free online suicide prevention training
Just to remind you that we're promoting the free online suicide prevention training, put together by the Zero Suicide Alliance. The training, which is accessible to all, takes about 20 minutes to complete and shows you the signs to lookout for if someone is struggling, how to talk to them about this, and how to keep them safe.
For a limited time, as a way to encourage as many people as possible to do the training, we're offering a free drink and snack from participating community cafes in the county, upon presentation of either a photo or print off of the completion page. For more information, including the list of all cafes participating in this promotion, please visit here - http://bit.ly/zsa-ts-and-cs.
Just About Coping is an exploratory podcast looking at the future of mental health and wellbeing. I've been lucky enough to be joined by a fantastic range of guests to discuss their lived experiences, passions, latest projects, and to try and answer the question: how can we create a world where everyone is coping? I hope the podcast will explore what we can do both as individuals and as a community to build a positive culture around mental health, spread awareness, tackle stigma, and make mental health a normal part of everyday conversation. You can listen to the trailer for an introduction to the podcast and our first episode featuring the fascinating and utterly unique Ruby Wax;mental health campaigner, performer, comedian, and author.
We'd love for you to share your support and let us know you'll be listening with the hashtag #JACPodcast. Over the coming weeks we’ll hear from activist Alexander Leon, TV medic Dr Ranj, stress and burnout expert Tony Piper, campaigner and writer Jonny Benjamin, and Lady Phyll, Co-Founder of UK Black Pride. You can subscribe wherever you get your podcasts to ensure you don’t miss out. Over the course of the series, we hope you'll join us on our journey and imagine together what a mentally healthy world might look like. Happy listening!
Campaigners programme for disabled LGBTQ+ young people
The campaigning residential will be held between 6 – 9 January 2020 at a residential venue in the East Midlands that specialises in delivering programmes to, and hosting events for, young people with specific access needs. For full details click on the link above.
FREE Training - Gender, Indentity & Sexual Orientation
For professionals working in Gloucestershire schools/colleges. 25th February 2020 at Gloucester Resource Centre, Alfred Street, GL1 4DF
What does it mean to be trans, gender neutral or an MSM? We invite you to explore gender fluidity and sexual orientation with us including the impact discrimination and ignorance can have on people's lives.
GLOSRASAC: (Gloucestershire rape and sexual abuse centre) invite you to join them on a march to 'Reclaim The Night', in protest of sexual harassment and violence against women and girls. Meet at Montpellier Gardens in Cheltenham on Friday 22nd November at 18.00. The walk finishes at The Brewery Quarter. ALL WELCOME. Please bring a torch.
Mental Health Champion Accreditation
Are you ready to go for the MHC Award?
Do you currently hold the GHLL accreditation?
Is there a member of staff or a group of staff in your school responsible for mental health?
Does your school’s senior leadership team promote positive mental health for the whole school community?
Is emotional health and wellbeing a priority within your school, e.g. a part of your SDP or similar documentation?
Do you have a nominated school governor responsible for EHWB?
Have a significant number of your staff undergone Mental Health First Aid Training?
If you have answered yes to all of the above, then you are ready for the next steps… (click here) to take you through to the MH page with all the details and steps
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Samuel L Jackson and Bryan Cranson talk about Alzheimers
It’s World Mental Health Day today!
The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10th October every year..
At GHLL we encourage people to look after their mental health all year round, but today is a great opportunity
to consider the different ways that we can boost our wellbeing and start a conversation about mental health.
The Daily Mile - Big Day - 18th October 2019
Friday 18th October 2019 is Gloucestershire's Big Day. Schools will set a new record for the largest number of children doing The Daily Mile on the same day in Gloucestershire. You just need to sign up your school to take part. Click here to sign up - activegloucestershire.org
This 3 day course is primarily aimed at KS1 & KS2. It is for SENCos, SEN teachers, learning mentors, teaching assistants, school counsellors and educational psychologists supporting pupils with behavioural emotional and social difficulties.
Gloucestershire dates: Mondays 7 Oct, 4 Nov & 2 Dec 2019
The Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) would like to invite you to the premier of their film project, "I'm still Here", on Thursday 3rd October at Newent School (6pm show starts 6.30pm). Please let us know if you are thinking of coming: email@example.com / 07772060272.
All of the campaign materials can be found here. These have all been developed from the winning creative idea from students at Gloucestershire College, with their help and input.
They have really helped to bring this campaign to life and been pivotal in its execution across print, billboards, buses, social media and website pages.
New Parent Support Advice Line Launched 15th April 2019
Parenting can be hugely rewarding but it can also be really hard work, especially if you think your child is unhappy or you are worried about them.
TIC's new Parent Helpline is FREE, CONFIDENTIAL AND ANONYMOUS. For further details, please click on the link: Parent Support Line
Jessie and Friends - onlife safety education for 4-7's
Jessie & Friends is a three-episode animated series which aims to equip 4-7 year olds with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to help them stay safe from sexual abuse and other risks they may encounter online. Jessie & Friends follows the adventures of Jessie, Tia and Mo as they begin to navigate the online world. They learn that while the internet can be an exciting place where they can learn and have fun, sometimes they may encounter things online which make them feel worried, scared or sad. The films are accompanied by a comprehensive resource pack for professionals, with session plans for each episode and guidance on safe and effective delivery. Also available are subtitled versions of the animations, storybooks, and posters for parents/carers and children.
Chat Health - a school nurse text service for young people
A text messaging service for 11-19 year olds in Gloucestershire provides confidential advice about health and wellbeing to further improve access to healthcare for young people, and will offer support to young people with questions relating to various issues including relationships, bullying, healthy lifestyle, anxiety, drugs, smoking, stress, body worries, gender issues, alcohol, self-harm and sexual health. Click here for more information.
Online Pupil Survey 2018
A recent survey shows the majority of young people in Gloucestershire feel safe at home and school and are happy and satisfied with their lives.The largest ever Online Pupil Survey, which covers a number of key aspects of young people’s health and wellbeing, captured the voices of over 32,000 pupils across 96 per cent of Gloucestershire’s schools and colleges.The survey is done every two years and asks pupils about their lifestyle choices and engagement with school, as well as their emotional wellbeing and aspirations for the future.
What's on your Mind? website
With the help of children, young people, their families and others, Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group has written a five-year plan called ‘Gloucestershire’s Future in Mind’. The aim of the plan is to try and make things better for children and young people with mental health problems in Gloucestershire.
They found that children and young people want to know what help and support is available to them locally and nationally. They want to know how they can help themselves and which websites they can trust. That is why they have created the ‘On your mind’ website.
This website will mean that they are able to get help when they need it and also do things to make themselves stronger, so they are more able to cope when things are tough. Please see link to website below :-
The recently re-launched Anti-Bullying Alliance’s All Together programme looks to be exciting and beneficial once again. Get your school involved with this FREE programme https://bit.ly/2yixkNh to help improve their safeguarding practices around bullying. These resources have been praised by participants over and again, [All Together] “Opened my mind and showed how we can address the issues we are struggling with”.
Join the schools that have reduced bullying and improved pupil wellbeing. Sign up to All Together today! https://bit.ly/2yixkNh
Want to evidence to Ofsted effective practice in safeguarding from bullying? Become an All Together school https://bit.ly/2yixkNh @ABAonline
Does your school want support in tackling bullying and improving pupil wellbeing? Find out how the All Together programme from the Anti-Bullying Alliance can support you to become an All Together School or improve your All Together School status here https://bit.ly/2yixkNh @antibullyingalliance #stopbullying
LGBT History Month - Frida Kahlo
Stonewall has developed some resources for LGBT History Month on Frida Kahlo. They consist of a range of lesson plans and accompanying resources for use in both primary and special schools. Click here to view the resources.
1st International Women's Day Celebration 08.03.19 7pm At the Friendship Cafe, Gloucester
Dress : for yourself
International finger food included
There will be a variety of workshops, competition winners and survey prize draw
Book your tickets now, try something new, celebrate, and enjoy a fun evening
The Coffee Shop will be open
GirlTalk: an emotional and Wellbeing programme for young women
The aim of GirlTalk is to deliver key messages and help develop skills around emotional resilience, mental health and wellbeing for young women which can impact positively on educational achievement, positive health and lifestyle choices and improved health and quality of life.
For more information about this FREE programme that will be delivered in Gloucestershire High Schools and to schedule your school's FREE sessions please see link below:
Free CPD with the Bank of England and PSHE Association (KS3&4)
The PSHE Association and the Bank of England will be running 4 free regional CPD events focusing on the importance of economic wellbeing in PSHE education and exploring the resource ‘econoME’. The sessions are targeted for school teachers based in key stages 3 and 4.
We are expecting a high level of interest in attending these courses. We are therefore asking those interested to complete this short form to express interest in attending. We will be in contact with you in early January 2019 to confirm if we can offer you a place on the course.
These free CPD sessions will run from 1.30pm until 4.30pm on each day, and be held in the following locations:
Get together with your friends, family or workmates on Brew Monday, 21 January 2019 (or any day throughout January), have a cuppa, raise vital funds for Samaritans and beat the January blues! Taking part is easy, simply sign up today for your FREE fundraising pack!
Young Money - Free Financial Education Planning Frameworks for all school ages
Spend it, save it, give it, get it?
Whatever we do with money, we need to manage it well. A planned programme of financial education, combining mathematics, citizenship and PSHE education, can help give children and young people the confidence, skills and knowledge they need to manage their money, now and in the future.
Young Money (formerly pfeg) is providing a free Financial Education Planning Framework for 3 - 11 years and 11 - 19 years. Click on the links below to download a copy.
Trans Inclusion School Toolkit October 2018 This toolkit has been written by Ryan Gingell, Allsorts Youth Project and Sam Beal,Brighton & Hove City Council in consultation with trans children and young people and their families.
New Stonewall School Guides
GHLL are really pleased to be able to forward from Stonewall two new guides which were launched on 26th September:
Today, thousands of schools, workplaces, colleges and universities up and down the country are wearing yellow to raise vital funds and show young people they're not alone with their mental health. From donning banana suits and creating artwork, to hosting yellow cake and coffee mornings, we've seen loads of creative ways people are saying #HelloYellow today. And it's not too late for you to get involved! How you can join in with #HelloYellow today:
Wear a bit of yellow, it could be a pair of socks, a coat, tie or some nail varnish - anything you can find! Take a picture and tag @YoungMindsUK and use the hashtag #HelloYellow
Donate online or text YMHY00 £5 to 70070 (the maximum text donation amount by text is £10)
Save Gloucestershire's Antibiotics - We need your ideas
SEAL Newsletter No. 18
Welcome to the eighteenth SEAL Newsletter.
You can read it online by clicking the links below, or download a pdf version of all the content here. Please remember you need to be logged into the site to view these links. Login at www.sealcommunity.org now.
Sunflowers: The Grief Recovery Method - Helping Children with Loss
To book: 07792 374752
Equip your team to help children with grief and loss
Are you seeing reduced concentration, temper, acting out, withdrawal, anxiety, reduced attainment? These are all commonly grief symptoms.
Are you keen to teach children emotional resilience? Equip them to deal with life? Learn what best to say when dealing with all kinds of loss? Enhance positive mental health?
The Helping Children with Loss programme is now available for the first time through us, a Gloucestershire based charity, SUNFLOWERS.
Just 6 x 2-hour sessions completes this comprehensive course
Suitable for both professionals and parents
Led by a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®
Certificate provided on completion
We can come to your premises
Course fees are 100% donation to Sunflowers
Costs can be offset against CSR (where applicable)
Why is this programme needed?
Children and teenagers encounter so many losses: death of relation, death of a pet, leaving parents, friendships, moving home, moving schools, moving countries, fostering, adoption, divorce, extended families, ill health, difficulty with studying, exam pressure, and so much more. We want to support you in recognising grief and grieving behaviours and give you the tools to be proactive in dealing with these daily in your setting.
Feedback from our recent programmes:
“I have been given the skills to help the children I work with to deal and cope with all areas of grief”
“… changed some of my own ideas on how to talk with children”
‘. The whole group have learnt and enjoyed this course, from your experiences and teaching’
‘showing our emotions teaches children that feeling sad and seeing adults upset is ok’.
“I have learnt a lot about myself. I now understand that it is not just death that causes grief”.
Course cost £250 per delegate for 6-week course, with a 10% discount of bookings of 5 delegates or more. Costs can also be negotiated if your school host this course. For more information call Bekki 07792 374752 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who We Are: We set up in memory of Pete Morris who died by suicide in September 2016. Sunflowers walk alongside those that have lost to suicide offering peer support, memorial events, initial contact and informative packs. We offer educational programmes including Asist and Grief Recovery. We aim to raise awareness and shatter stigma and have campaigns & events promoting this. More about Sunflowers at sunflowerssuicidesupport.org.uk
Samaritans - Support the Big Listen!
On 24 July we're hosting a 24-hour event called The Big Listen.
The Big Listen is all about raising awareness and funds to keep Samaritans running. Suicide is not inevitable, it’s preventable, and our volunteers are there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to support people that feel like they have nowhere to turn.
According to a 2016 survey carried out by the Office of National Statistics, 1.8 per cent of 16-24 year-olds identified as bi, and in a 2015 YouGov poll, 43 per cent of 18-25 year-olds chose something other than ‘100% heterosexual’ or ‘100% homosexual’ when asked about their sexuality.
The School Report 2017 shows that the specific experiences of bi students are often overlooked or assumed to be exactly the same as those of gay and lesbian students. It also found that more than a third of respondents ‘frequently’ or ‘often’ hear biphobic language, and that 35 per cent of bi students are bullied at school for being LGBT. Over two thirds of bi students have deliberately harmed themselves.
This guide gives schools useful tips to tackling biphobia and bi erasure, and practical ideas to better support their bi students.
About Clean Air Day - 21 June 2018
Air pollution is real and harms the health of millions. But there are lots of simple things we can do to improve air quality and look after our own and other people’s health.
Clean Air Day is a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information with friends and colleagues, and help make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.
Enable your students to understand the issues facing adopted children at school. Increase staff awareness of behavioural issues that can affect young people from the care system. Enrich your school's values, helping children to empathise with others and respect diversity.Enhance Personal, Social, Health and Economic education by focusing on the PSHE Association's programme of study: Relationships, Health and Wellbeing, and Living in the Wider World.
New High Sheriff Appointed for Gloucestershire
The High Sheriff of Gloucestershire - Charles Martell
The role of the High Sheriff traditionally involves attendance at royal visits in the County and support for Her Majesty's High Court Judges when on the Circuit. These days, however, High Sheriffs play an increasingly active and supportive role within their Counties both in relation to the Police and emergency services and in lending encouragement to public sector agencies such as the probation and prison services and to voluntary sector organisations involved in crime reduction and social cohesion.
Each year about 450 Gloucestershire students attend court to watch proceedings under the Getting Court project. Students also have input from the Great Expectations programme where they hear accounts from an ex-offender .
Gloucestershire's Nurture Group (NG) Survey 2018
Gloucestershire County Council’s Educational Psychology Service (EPS) and the NG Steering Committee are carrying out a survey regarding the use of Nurture Groups and Nurturing Approaches in the Local Authority. Having championed the use of Nurture Groups for the past 4 years, we would be very grateful if you could complete the questionnaire below, as the results will be used to help us make decisions regarding further support and help in the future. Please complete the survey regardless of whether or not you have a Nurture Group - this survey will take 2 minutes for settings with no NG and approximately 10 minutes for those with a NG.
With the aim of getting more children on their bikes, Sue Ryder are launching the Ride for Ryder Schools Challenge 2018. Raising awareness and vital funds for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice (LCH).
For more details and to find out how you can join the cycling festivities please click here.
PSHE education supports academic success, says major evidence review - Dec 2017
'Very strong evidence’ that PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) learning has a positive impact on academic attainment, according to independent Pro Bono Economics review.
Disadvantaged pupils enjoy greatest benefits to academic performance
Through its proven impact on physical and mental health, levels of bullying and general behaviour, PSHE education removes barriers to learning and develops skills that help young people succeed
PSHE Association urges Government to follow through with proposals to make PSHE statutory, in line with other subjects, to ensure all pupils benefit.
FAO: Gloucestershire Secondary Schools, Special Schools and Alternative Provision This three year programme launched by Mental Health First Aid England in Easter 2017 is fully funded by the Department of Health and, in conjunction with MHFA we are delighted to offer your school one free place on the One Day Youth MHFA Champions Course.
Youth MHFA Champions – will have the skills to spot the signs of mental health issues in young people and guide them to a place of support.
BRAND NEW Introduction to Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) for Primary School Setting
Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning (GHLL) is delighted to launch their new Relationship and Sexual Education (RSE) Resource for primary school settings.
The RSE planning and resources provide teachers working from Reception to Year 6 in any educational setting within Gloucestershire with everything required to enable them to help young people think about growing up, changes they see in themselves, hygiene, challenging stereotypes and different types of love.
You will receive a completely FREE resource pack for your school including CD and the opportunity to go through the resource and ask questions. Puberty brochures for primary and special schools will also be available to collect.
Over 100,000 people have pledged to end mental health stigma with Time to Change. Will you join them?
Time to change is a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health. Be part of the movement by pledging to challenge discrimination, be there for a friend, or share your own story.
This year, Centres of Excellence are holding the Annual Conference on Tuesday 7th November 2017 at Etc. Venues County Hall, Westminster. For the first year ever, they are extending the invitation to teachers outside of the Centres of Excellence network, as well as their current financial champions and headteachers.
This free annual event provides the perfect opportunity for teachers at schools, sixth form colleges and alternative provision centres to showcase their work, share ideas, meet the funder of the Centre of Excellence Programme and celevrate success!
The day will include a selection of good practice workshops, a resource share zone, a networking lunch and the Centres of Excellence awards ceremony - not to mention the special guest speaker, Martin Lewis, OBE - Money saving Expert (subject to filming)
This is a fantastic opportunity for you to network with lots of likeminded teachers who are at various stages of the programme. Centres of Excellence will also be supporting attending teachers by contributing towards travel expenses, on a first come, first serve basis.