This Weeks Blog

Date: 13 Jul 2020


This Weeks Blog

Last week was an informative and interesting week, having attended and delivered a range of webinars relating to: having a positive return to school, embedding and assessing the RSHE curriculum and encouraging positive mental health. Although I want to use the phrase ‘Positive Mental Wealth’, as described by Professor Barry Carpenter. He summarised this phrase by saying ‘building emotional resilience in young people is a treasure!’  He explained this further by saying; the healthier the relationships we build, the more resilient we become, the more positively we think, the more chance of a better quality of life. Currently he is offering free downloadable books – ‘Beyond words’ to provide support during this pandemic.

The NHS every mind matters provides a good guide to dealing with every day stresses and worries, including tips if you feel anxious or worried. The short quiz on the website can support you develop a positive health plan. The more positive we are, the more positively we can support those young people we see on a daily basis. ‘It’s always good to fit your own oxygen mask first’!

Incase you missed the opportunity of joing the free, Promoting Positive Transition During and After a Pandemic webinar last week, here is the presentation which was delivered. It has been produced by the Swindon Education Psychologists for Swindon schools. It’s a very clear and simple guide to support you and the young people when retuning to school.

Most Swindon schools are ready or almost ready to launch the new RSHE curriculum, but with the pandemic, we’ve all had to make tweaks to our policies and procedures. If you need to make any ammendments or need further information to help you with implementing the new curriculum, there is some free training available at Chameleon PDE. Their taster course contains 4 short assignments with a mix of powerpoints, videos and interactive quizzes, which include tracking pupil progress, policy and consultation with parents/carers.

Bristol Primary Teaching School in partnership with the Cabot Learning Federation’s Institute and Bristol City Council has been successful in winning a national DfE bid to support the implementation of the new requirements of Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) as one of the country’s RSHE hubs. They too are offering free training to schools. The training is aimed to gain confidence and greater understanding of the new DfE requirements of the curriculum, so you can train your  staff and deliver the needs required by your setting, using a ‘train the trainer’ model. They will provide follow up support too, with facilitated networks to ensure all RSHE and PSHE leads are confident in their consultation and delivery. The webpage and flyer provide further information about how to register your school.

On  a final note this week, its important to think about our eating habits during this pandemic and how they may have they changed - either for the better or for the worse? This link helps us to understand how and why our eating habits and patterns have been forced to change. Food Fact are offering resources and support to help young people understand healthy eating and healty cooking. They have produced resources to support home learning FFL Classroom, which is something that can be shared with parents to encourage good habits over the summer holidays. The resource has a range of ideas, activities to support learning around food, cooking, health and nutrition.