Studies show that referring to students by name builds trust and also improves engagement in learning - read the full article by Sarah Cunnane here
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 email@example.com if you have not received the email invitation.
Schools and colleges should complete the Signup survey by 30th November.
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.
Would you like to find out about what Kooth offers for young people?
FREE ONLINE DROP-IN SESSIONS IN OCTOBER FOR SOUTH WEST PROFESSIONALS
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
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.
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 Ula.WOOLLEY@gloucestershire.gov.uk Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
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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.
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 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
Many Congratulations to the following schools who have been awarded their Healthy Schools:
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
Schools can find more self-care resources here.
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
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.
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.
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:
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 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: https://www.teachneli.org/
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.
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 www.nspcc.org.uk/speakout.
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
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!
Deadline extended to 31st July 2021 - Film and poster competition for 15-19 year olds
Nurture International Virtual Conference
Using a Trauma Informed Nurturing Approach to Heal Trauma
SAVE THE DATE - 24TH JUNE 2021
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
£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
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.
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 email@example.com
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 www.actiononacesconference2021.co.uk
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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
No appointment needed
Macmillan Cancer Support
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.
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.
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.
Check out this site
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:
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 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+ 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 email@example.com
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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:
Short film showing the science of kindness click here
No doubt over the past few months you've heard children (and maybe a few adults) talk about the latest Tik Tok challenges or their favourite celebrity's lockdown live stream.
VIDEO: FINDING HAPPINESS - ANTHONY SELDON
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.
New nude image sharing resource for 12 - 14 year olds is here!
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.
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.
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
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.
Register now to get started with our flexible resources such as our brand new Worlds of Food activities
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’
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:
To book your place on our webinar please email: email@example.com
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:
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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.
Dame Janet Trotter - Chair Child Friendly Gloucestershire
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's Fact 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.
The best prevention against the Coronavirus is still washing your hands. Click on the link to view the PowerPoint
Your school can help stop germs spreading by using our range of fun lesson plans on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.
These resources are on the e-Bug website and training is available through GHLL. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
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 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.
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 email@example.com
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. Updated 2021.
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:
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)
Following a number of enquiries from schools regarding the Coronavirus issue, the latest government advice is below:
The new updated advice is here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public .
It contains the information about what to do if someone is returning from an affected country.
There is also this guidance specific to educational settings guidance for educational settings available here. This will be regularly updated.
The key message is for people to call 111 with any queries about the advice.
Should the situation arise where your school does have to close because of suspected or confirmed Coronavirus, please call Steve Bradley on 01452 328681
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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) -
Alice Hoyle -
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
You can access the training here - https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com/training
We are excited to bring you the brand new MHFA England podcast, Just About Coping!
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!
Applications are now open for Stonewall’s FREE campaigners programme for disabled LGBTQ+ young people, aged 16 to 25. Thanks to funding from Comic Relief, all costs relating to the programme are covered including all travel, food and accommodation. We can also cover costs for a personal assistant/carer.
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.
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.
Are you ready to go for the MHC Award?
Do you currently hold the GHLL accreditation?
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
Samuel L Jackson and Bryan Cranson talk about Alzheimers
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org / 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.
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 & 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.
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.
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 :-
Advice and support for parents, children and teachers affected by terrorism following the New Zealand terrorist attack
Published 18 October 2017
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”.
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.
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:
Who knows more about the world of online, parents or kids?
Get the whole family together and take the O2 NSPCC Parents v Kids quiz. See who knows the most about the online worlds, and learn a bit more about staying safe.
This resource was launched on 28/11/18 by Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families following the call by Schools in Mind to make this year a year of wellbeing for school staff. Click here to view the full report.
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!
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.
Crimestoppers is an independent charity helping communities to 'Speak up. Stay safe'.
Become a Crimestoppers Ambassador - we need your help to spread the word about how our charity helps the people and communities you care about.
Contact us by phone on 020 8835 3700 or email: email@example.com
A music-based mental health programme for teenagers. Empowers young people to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, self-harm and eating disorders.
Enables Self-expression, increases Self-awareness, Improves relationships, Builds Confidents, Empowers young people to use music as a coping strategy.
For more details: http://www.themusicworks.org.uk/school/at-risk/music-minds/
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.
GHLL are really pleased to be able to forward from Stonewall two new guides which were launched on 26th September:
By saying #HelloYellow today, you'll be helping us continue our fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.
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.
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
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.
Hold an Equali-tea and raise vital funds for LGBT equality. Click here for full details where you can order your FREE Equali-tea pack which is available from Stonewall
Story Station is a reading platform that has been created exclusively for schools, with content from some of the world's leading children's publishers.
Featuring lesson plans and activity sheets, animated stories, eBooks, educational games and creative functions, the unique Story Station experience will help to:
Story Station is an immersive teaching aid for all Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1 children
Story Station software can be used on individual PCs, or on a classroom PC connected to an interactive whiteboard
The Trauma Conference is on 29/06/17 at GLIC, Gloucester with guest speaker Betsy de Thierry (trauma specialist).
Click here to view full details on the Conference. For further information search: Gloucestershire Education Psychology Service
Are you working with adults, children and young people who are experiencing or witnessing domestic abuse?
Do you have up-to-date information about the national risk assessment tool – DASH and the MARAC process?
Are you aware of local support available to adults, children and young people?
The GSCB is offering a series of Free half day training workshops on the Adult and Young Persons domestic abuse DASH and Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
These workshops will provide professionals with up-to-date knowledge and practical skills.
For More information and to book: Course dates, description and Booking Form
Stonewall have launched their new resource today (24th April) – Celebrating bi inclusion in secondary schools.
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.
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.
A tool for primary schools to track and improve physical activity levels in their pupils. Read here.
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.
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 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.
To complete the survey on-line:
Please return the completed survey to:
Oonagh Davies at Gloucestershire E.P. Service, 4 - 6 Commercial Road Gloucester GL1 2EA
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.
The first GHLL Quality Assurance Group to assess submissions for the Mental Health Champions Awards is taking place on 29th June.
If you would like your school’s submission to be included in this QUAG, please ensure all your reports are submitted by 22nd June.
If you need assistance please contact GHLL@gloucestershire.gov.uk
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.
Click here to reserve your place on 6th July or 13th July 2017 12:00 - 16:30 and receive your FREE pack.
Mental Health First Aid have created a fantastic poster based on the '10 Keys' from Action for Happiness. It shows some of the practical things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing. Take a look and download here.
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