Date: 16 Dec 2019
We hope you’ve had a good start to the week as you prepare for the end of term 2.
This week we have new resources and training that will support you, your students and parents.
- The second Food – a fact of life, National food and nutrition conference for primary and secondary school teachers will take place on Saturday 1 February 2020 in London. This half day conference is being offered to teachers at a greatly subsidised rate of £20 (including VAT) per person. Cost includes refreshments and a light lunch.
Interested; find full details here: https://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/training/2020/national-food-and-nutrition-education-conference-2020/
- The health education aspect of PSHE expects schools to cover mental health, emotional wellbeing, cancer and self-examination, ‘Happier, healthier, longer’ lesson pack from Movember which is designed to increase students’ understanding of issues relating to men’s and boys' health — specifically exploring testicular cancer and mental health. Although focusing on men’s health, the lessons have been carefully designed to be inclusive for all students. The resource aims to:
- Challenge misconceptions about men’s health and identify common issues
- Explain the importance of carrying out testicular self-examination
- Identify a range of strategies to support mental health and emotional wellbeing
- Provide factual health information on testicular cancer and guidance on self-examination
- Improve confidence to access health services and seek support when necessary
The free-to-download lessons encourage students to challenge preconceptions about men’s health, both physical and mental, while providing the skills to discuss
sensitive issues and access health services when necessary.
- Another key focus of the new PSHE curriculum is relationships and in a modern Britain, young people are raised in a variety of households and families come in many forms. The changing nature of relationships and family life means that it is important for students to understand that they have the right to choose a partner, that there are different types of committed relationships, with different rights, responsibilities and legal status.
This resource includes three lesson plans and PowerPoints for key stage 4 students, with supporting materials and detailed teacher guidance.
The aim of the lessons are:
- Recognise different types of relationships and their legal status.
- The unacceptability of forced marriage and how to seek help if they are concerned.
- Analyse different attitudes towards marriage and civil partnerships.
- Identify the different roles, responsibilities and challenges of being a parent.
- All Secondary Schools received a schedule to book the Year 7 Smoking Prevalence Workshop this week. Many thanks to schools who have booked their session. Those who have not, please can you do so as a matter of urgency as the deadline for bookings is this Thursday - 19th December.
- Also this week we sent out the annual How Are You? Survey link for Year 11 students. Please send this link out to them - you could send it out during for a tutor period this week as you wind down to the end of term. It takes approximately 8 minutes to complete and provide us all with valuable insight to the type of support we need to provide our young people.
On a final note, we would like to wish you all a very happy, enjoyable christmas and a relaxing break. We look forward to your return in 2020, when we have more FREE training, resources and all the usual support for you.