PSHE Bulletin - October 2015

welcome to the first PSHE bulletin of this academic year.

Anti-bullying week - 2015:

This year, the theme is 'Make a Noice'  and to empower children and young people to make a noise about bullying – whether it is happening to them or to someone else, face to face or online. For the entire primary and secondary packs please click this link: Anti-bullying packs

New OFSTED framework and PSHE:


Packed Lunch Policy:

This course will support schools to improve the quality of food brought into school to promote equality and good nutrition for all.

CSE Primary Resource:

The BLAST Project; Alright, Charlie?

The BLAST Project is the UK’s leading male only sexual exploitation project and provides a variety of services.

BLAST are currently in the process of developing a DfE funded , non-gender specific primary resource film aimed Year 6’s, raising awareness and giving them the baseline knowledge on grooming and child sexual exploitation in an age appropriate way. It is to be equally inclusive of both girls and boys.

The draft is now ready to be piloted in Primary schools around North Yorkshire, York, Leeds and Bradford.

BLAST are looking for pilot schools in the Leeds area to trial this exciting new film resource. They will deliver a session of between 60 – 90 minutes long and the film is accompanied by a workbook and an evaluation.

Feedback will be given on how to improve the resource, what is right, what is wrong and it will then have a retrial. It will be amended from the retrials and should be available for Primary Schools to be downloadable and available nationally by end of March 2016.

If you are interested please email I will then contact BLAST with a list of schools.

Twitter: @theblastproject

Facebook: /blastproject

YouTube: theblastproject

Body & Soul – Free HIV workshop:

 Body & Soul’s award winning youth campaign to challenge HIV hate and stigma. Launched in 2011 through funding by The Big Lottery Fund, the campaign has HIV+ and affected teens steering its content. We provide an exciting platform that gives young people the rare opportunity to literally step into the shoes of their peers and emotionally connect with them. They come to see that these young people, on the surface, are exactly like them apart from one main invisible difference - HIV. The outcome? A powerful transformation in the form of empathy and mindfulness.  The Workshop wll be free. 1 hour (or extended up to 90 minutes). Designed to supplement KS3-4 and 6th form, SRE, PSHE and Citizenship programmes. Can be delivered to single classes or whole year groups and more than once to same school/ year group. They can be used as a learning journey (6 lessons) or independently as part of whole school approach to health and wellbeing, such as in an assembly, tutor group or for specific themed events such as World AIDS Day, National Schools Film Week or Anti-bullying week. All the resources are designed and based on true stories of young people living with HIV here in the UK who attend Body & Soul charity (  Free sessions can be delivered up until and including December 2015. Please contact or 020 7923 6880. Or complete an online booking form

To view the video resource please click this link:

 Grief & Bereavement:

‘Grief and Bereavement in Schools: Everybody’s Business’ is a new course delivered by The Health & Wellbeing service 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 staff working in a primary and secondary school setting, and is ideal for Headteachers and members of the Senior Leadership Team. Each attending school will also gain access to the Child Bereavement UK eLearning package, 'Supporting Bereaved Pupils' which will take no more than 2 hours for staff to complete.               

Learning outcomes:

  • to develop an understanding of the impact of loss and grief on children and young people's physical and emotional health, including their learning
  • to gain insight into children and young people's reactions to loss and grief and how a school might respond in order to meet the needs of grieving pupils
  • to acquire ideas for pastoral support appropriate for a primary or secondary school environment
  • to support with developing a bereavement policy
  • to gain information about support and resources available

For further details and to book a place go to:

 Schools Of Sanctuary:

Schools of Sanctuary is an initiative of Leeds City of Sanctuary which aims to:

-Raise awareness in the school community to the hardship of refugees’ lives and the right to asylum
-Promote positive attitudes within schools and their communities around people seeking sanctuary
-Reduce isolation, stigma, and discrimination
-Support schools to take positive actions in their school and wider community and be proud of being places of safety and inclusion for all
-Integrate refugees and asylum seekers both in schools and in the life of the community

To support this process we:

-Offer teachers training and ongoing advice
-Develop teaching resources and send a newsletter to supporters
-Encourage schools to start their own unique initiatives such as creating documentary films, fundraising, artwork, drama, breakfast club, peer interpreting programmes and so much more
-Organise learning events, such as our successful Learning and Sharing Conference in October 2013
-Link schools with agencies to deliver workshops and talks in assemblies and in classrooms
-Support initial teacher training in two universities in Leeds
-Engage University students in volunteering as translators and interpreting mentors
-Outreach to new schools

If you would like more information, or would like to get involved, please contact Melanie at:

Leeds Gypsy & Traveller Exchange:

Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange are trying to raise awareness of barriers to inclusion for Gypsy and Irish Traveller young people in the run up to Anti Bullying Week 2015. Did you know?

  • 9 out of 10 Gypsy, Traveller or Roma children and young people report having suffered racial abuse because of their background, nearly two thirds have also been bullied or physically attacked. This is the most common reason given for withdrawing from education.
  • Gypsy and Travellers are the highest proportion of people with no qualifications for any ethnic group (60%). In 2011, 25% of Gypsy, Traveller or Roma pupils achieved national expectations in English and Maths at the end of primary school compared to 74% of all pupils. 12% of Gypsy, Traveller and Roma pupils achieved 5 or more good GCSE’s compared to 58.2% of all pupils.

Leeds GATE are a community development organisation working with Gypsies and Travellers in Leeds and West Yorks. If you are working with Gypsies and Travellers we’d love to hear from you – to share your good practice and to offer our support. Our Youth Inclusion project can support families and young people, we have a meeting space available as a neutral place for a chat with families, we have a resource library full of teaching resources and books on culture, identity, law, policy and inclusive education. Contact  or 01132402444.

Leeds DEC:

Looking for relevant and inspiring classroom materials to support your PHSCE and SMSC provision? Leeds DEC have launched a new website with photo packs, teaching materials, peer education toolkits, workshop offers and training especially for your school!

Youth Voice in Leeds:

  • Leeds Children’s Mayor elections – 13th October – 5th November 2015 – PRIMARY AND SECONDARY

Children and young people 18 and under are encouraged to vote to elect THEIR next Children’s Mayor of Leeds. Enabling their participation in school can count towards PSHE, SMSC and Citizenship outcomes as evidence of promoting ‘British Values’. Voting closes on 5th November 2015. There are 12 candidates to choose from, all Year 6 pupils from Leeds Primary Schools and the link for voting is

Further info: or follow us on Twitter @LSChildrenMayor

  • 11-18 Year olds can run to be a Member of Youth Parliament for Leeds this term – SECONDARY ONLY

Do you work with any 11-18 year olds who are passionate about social justice and making a difference? Why not encourage them to run for election to become an MYP for Leeds. 5 MYPs are elected every two years and the window is currently open for new applicants ready for elections this coming January. It’s virtually entirely extra-curricular with little extra work for school staff – simply encourage suitable candidates to email for an application pack before 1st December.

  • Leeds Youth Voice Networks – STAFF and STUDENTS, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY

We have mailing lists for staff and for young people. To get sent citywide community-based youth voice information directly to your inbox - sign up by emailing  . Visit the Voice, Influence and Change Team website for further details –

My Health My School Pupil Survey:

  • Last Year: 26% increase in numbers from 2013-14
  • The Survey will go live again in January 2016*
  • There will be additional questions on: Swimming (25m), British Values, Plus others….
  • Headline Report & Case Study on school wellbeing website

To register or to find out more please click this link:

Schools Waste Recycling Advisors Project:

  • School waste education resources
  • Teaching and learning about waste and recycling
  • Educational visit opportunities
  • Step by step guide to undertaking a whole school waste audit
  • Pupil recording sheet                                                                        
  • Developing a school waste action plan                                          
  • Risk Assessment: School and Classroom Waste Audit Activities

For more information please email

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