February 2015 PSHE Network Bulletin

The My Health, My School Survey is now LIVE!!
The survey is available to all Year 5,6,7,9 and 11 pupils. It will continue to offer schools a FREE and efficient way of gathering pupil views. The results will  gather data which identifies  strengths, of both the curriculum and provision, as well as areas for development; helping with the school improvement process, providing excellent inspection preparation and direction to support improving pupil outcomes.   The survey questions have been critically reviewed and updated to reflect new, local and national priorities and it is now much shorter than previous years, covering the following key areas:
• Healthy Eating
• PE, School Sport and Physical Activity
• Drugs, Alcohol & Tobacco
• Sexual Health
• Safety & Anti-bullying
• My School
• NEW FOR 2015 – questions on bereavement, niche tobacco use and grooming
It’s really easy to get access to the surveys. All you need to do is click on the following link and register your school online by clicking on the blue ‘Register’ button 

Upcoming PSHE Training Courses:

- Leading and Managing PSHE (primary & secondary) – 26th March (full day)
- PSHE & Assessment (primary & secondary) 30th April (full day)
- Creative Approaches to Teaching PSHE  (primary & secondary)– 5th May (full day)
- For EYFS ‘Oh Lila’ Keeping the children and family members of people misusing alcohol and drugs safe, well supported and increasing their life chances ( EYFS & KS1) – 3rd May (full day)
- Delivering DAT with Confidence  - 21st May (full day)
- Key Stage 1/2 Drug Education: ‘RORY’ a storybook to help children understand parental alcohol misuse. Primary School alcohol resource – 4th June (full day)
To book a place on any of these, or see the rest of the PSHE Training this year, please click here:


The outcomes of the consultation by Ofsted on the inspection reforms have been published.  In response to the question, Do you agree or disagree with the proposed ‘personal development, behaviour and welfare’ judgement?there was strong support shown in all sectors, so therefore they have stated that they intend to introduce the new judgement on ‘personal development, behaviour and welfare’ from September 2015. This judgement will be applied differently in different remit areas. They will clarify how this judgement will apply to each remit in the inspection handbooks being published in the summer term 2015.

Leeds Credit Union
The Young Saver account is for anybody aged between 0-18. For children aged 0-11, an adult needs to run the account. 11 to 18 year olds can open and run the account with permission from an Adult Signatory.  Starting a savings account early will hopefully promote budgeting & saving skills for the child when they reach adult age.
School Savings' Clubs run in lots of schools across the city. For more informatio,  please contact  07920 116134

Education Select Committee

Last Tuesday, the Education Select Committee published the report and recommendations following their inquiry into SRE and PSHE. The recommendations include statutory status for SRE and PSHE in primary and secondary schools which is a great result. Whether the newly elected 2015 government make the recommendations reality, now remains to be seen.
Here is a link to the full report and to the BBC coverage.

Reading Matters

They provide children and young people who are struggling and reluctant readers with 1:1 support to enable them to catch up fast. As a local charity, they offer schools and other organisations a range of literacy-development services at a subsidised rate. Their programmes raise reading ages by, on average, 13 months in just 10 weeks but also encourage pupil participation, good citizenship and school cohesion. Find out more about their work at or contact them directly on 01274 692219 and

Child Bereavement UK

When a child is facing bereavement, or when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, lives can be shattered and changed forever.

Child Bereavement UK has been supporting bereaved families for 21 years and their bereavement support team is in Buckinghamshire and Cheshire, to offer information, guidance and reassurance, free of charge, to any family, child or young person up to the age of 25, who is seeking support. They can offer face to face support sessions from either of their 2 centres for children, young people and their families, either as a family group or individually.

They can also offer bereaved Children and Young People’s Groups to allow bereaved families with children aged between 3 and 12 to come together and express their feelings through play and creative activities in facilitated groups.

They also run Young People’s Advisory Groups; encouraging bereaved young people aged 11 to 25 to get together with others who have similarly experienced the death of someone special in their life. The group meets regularly to work on projects to create resources that will help other bereaved young people.

Child Bereavement UK can offer support and training to school staff supporting bereaved students. They also run an awareness raising programme for primary schools. Their website, includes easily accessible information on a breadth of issues relating to child bereavement. It includes details of Their primary school programme, Elephants Tea Party, as well as their e-learning bereavement awareness training module.

The website also includes a Family Forum, a place to share experiences and feelings where you can make contact with other bereaved families.

Contacts: website:
RUNCORN, Cheshire Centre:
Telephone:  Barry Lyonette 01928 577 164  -

BUCKS Centre:
Tel: 01494 568 900


On the 22nd May 2015, the Health and Wellbeing Service is offering training on ‘Grief and Bereavement in Schools’:
This is an exciting new course offered exclusively to Leeds Local Authority schools delivered in partnership with Child Bereavement UK and Leeds' based charity, Elliot's Footprint. The course aims to develop the skills, knowledge, understanding and confidence to support pupils who are experiencing loss and grief. It is suitable for anyone working in a PRIMARY or SECONDARY school setting, including teachers, head teachers, learning mentors, other support staff and Governors. After the course, each attending school will gain whole school access to the Child Bereavement UK eLearning package, 'Supporting Bereaved Pupils.' This will ensure all staff in school can access training on grief and bereavement. The course is excellent value at £60 as the eLearning package has a value of £250.
Places are limited to 20 so book early to avoid disappointment!

Leeds Samaritans

Samaritans are a non-religious charity that provides emotional support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are non-judgmental & keep everything confidential.
They have three services that they can offer, primarily to secondary schools at present, although they can adapt some of their services for primary schools, upon enquiry. A new offer for primary schools will be available in the future. Services currently available are:

1. Samaritans volunteers can come to talk to your pupils about Samaritans & emotional health in the form of workshops or assembly talks (although this can be adapted to primaries on request)

2. Samaritans' teaching resources ( help schools develop the skills that young people need to cope with life's challenges. DEAL (Developing emotional awareness & learning) aims to: 
• raise awareness of emotional health and the importance of recognising when you need help
• develop positive coping strategies
• reduce stigma and break down barriers around talking about emotional health
• develop communication skills
• develop supportive and help-seeking behaviour in young people.

3. Step by Step is a Samaritans service that provides advice and practical guidance to help schools prepare for, and deal with, the repercussions of suicide or attempted suicide in ways which avoid inadvertently promoting suicidal feelings.
The aim of Step by Step is to:
• ensure school communities are equipped to respond effectively to an attempted or completed suicide
• enable the school community to recover
• prevent the formation of suicide clusters
DEAL feedback is also very welcome if you use it in your school. Please contact Mark Drysdale(Deputy Director for Outreach) with any queries:
Leeds Samaritans
93 Clarendon Road
Tel - 07988 116985
Email -

Investors in Pupils Open Morning Event – 26th March 2015, 09:30
Ireland Wood Primary School Leeds
This event is for colleagues responsible for introducing “Investors in Pupils” and / or coordinating pupil voice and participation in schools. It is also relevant for members of the Senior Leadership Team and/or those who want to learn more about the award and the positive impact it can have on the whole school community.

BASIS and BLAST can offer a taster session on CSE awareness for young people (any year group, any format) for both boys and girls. Please complete the survey below to book the session, and please note that this offer is on a first come first get basis. Please click here for the survey/ booking form: and email Amber Wilson

The Public Health Resource Centre (PHRC) offers support to anyone in Leeds with a responsibility or professional interest in public health or promoting health and well-being.
The PHRC aims to provide the best possible information, resources and services, to help improve the health of people in Leeds and beyond.

Leeds Development Education Centre (DEC) are looking for both primary and secondary schools to take part in a project which is designed to measure impact of learning on global issues. This is a a great chance to find out what’s really successful in teaching a chosen topic and capture how students think and feel with free customised tools, free advice and support in reviewing and resourcing lessons and schemes of work. There are also free additional resources, with flexible time commitment and the outcome is to have more engaged, aware and articulate students!
For more information, please contact:
 Adam Ranson, Projects Coordinator, Leeds Development Education Centre,
Tel: 0113 380 5657    Email:

Next PSHE network meeting:
Date: Thursday 7th May 2015
Time: 15.30 – 17.30
Venue: Adams Court, Boardroom
Please click on the link below to book yourself on. Please note that there is no charge to attend this meeting and it doesn’t affect the SLA package that your school may have purchased.

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