PSHE Bulletin January 2016

Welcome to the second PSHE Bulletin of 2015/16.

To view the agenda and ppt. notes from the last PSHE & Healthy Schools Networking Meeting please click here

My Health, My School Survey - LIVE 2016 

This Health Behaviour Survey is quick and easy to complete and aims to give pupils/students the opportunity to share their views, knowledge and experiences around a number of different healthy topics including healthy eating, physical activity, smoking, bullying and personal safety. It will also ask questions about their school and about Leeds as a city.

The survey continues to support schools with their Ofsted framework and this year incudes questions regarding ‘British Values’, ‘Self-harm’ and ‘Radicalisation/Extremism’. These questions offer additional support for the new judgement on ‘Personal development, behaviour and welfare’ and ‘Safeguarding’.

 The survey is now live for all pupils to complete the survey and continues to be FREE to all schools and academies in Leeds. 

 The survey is completed online, by pupils in years 5, 6, 7, 9 and 11 and this year there is also a Catholic version allowing all schools across the city to get involved. We request that schools plan ahead and engage with their pupils to obtain this vital child health data. Most schools choose to do the survey during the summer term with the exception of year 11 who complete it in the spring term.

 Implementing the survey involves three easy to follow one hour lessons: a preparatory lesson, a lesson using individual computers under exam conditions, and a plenary lesson. It is advised that for validity and reliability, the survey be completed at the same time each year. Click here to view school case study.

 Leeds now has 8 years of trend data from the questions in the MHMS Survey. Click here to view the headlines from this data. Feedback from schools tells us that new software has allowed high functioning user experience, both for pupils and staff. We would also encourage schools to share relevant data with their school council to spark creative pupil-led action.

 To register to complete the survey please Click here.

 1. New Psychoactive Substances

The Children & Families Public Health team and the Health & Wellbeing Service are currently exploring how we can support staff in schools to be confident in speaking with pupils about new psychoactive substances (sometimes referred to as legal highs). Evidence suggests that young people are a particularly ‘high risk’ group and we want to ensure that staff feel that they have the knowledge and the confidence to talk to pupils about these substances and signpost them to support services as appropriate.

If you want to complete the survey and email it back please click here


2. West Yorkshire Police Domestic Abuse Campaign - 25.11.2015

West Yorkshire Police will be launching a new domestic abuse campaign to tie in with the 16 days of action. The aim of our campaign is to highlight to both victims and offenders, the impact that domestic abuse can have on any children that are part of the family, and to encourage both to seek help. The campaign will involve a series of short videos of experts from Social Care, Huddersfield University, NSPCC and Womens Health Matters, discussing the effects that domestic abuse can have on children. There will also be a video of a former victim, talking about her experience of suffering domestic abuse. These videos will be released throughout the 16 days of the campaign on the West Yorkshire Police website –

The campaign will also involve posters, advice cards for both victims and perpetrators, radio advertising, This is Football website advertising, a webchat on the 9th December and regular social media messages. A poster for school use is available to download:

A4 poster 

 3. Improving Mental Health Support for Young People in Leeds

Please find attached information about the UK Youth Parliament campaign to improve mental health support for young people in Leeds:

Mind Mate (A3 Poster)

Youth Parliament (Letter)

Youth Mental Health Training (Flyer)

4. Asthma Project

Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group want to improve the quality of life of children with asthma, and are looking for innovative ways to raise awareness. They are looking for students in secondary schools to write and perform a short play, probably 15-20 minutes long, that they could then take to their feeder primary schools, perhaps as a school assembly, and that would become embedded into school life year on year. They would of course, provide schools with the ‘asthma’ information that they need and would be happy to work with them to ensure the correct information is given out and they would be able to provide schools with some ‘props’.  

For more information please email or ring 07837126225

 5. Migration Anti-stigma Programme

The British Red Cross is now offering an anti-stigma programme. We recommend signing up for the complete 4 weeks course. Throughout the programme, it will explore the definitions of an asylum seeker, refugee and new migrant. A key outcome is to reduce discrimination towards asylum seekers and refugees, and to improve community cohesion. It will create empathy by asking young people to look at why people have to flee their home countries, and some of the difficulties they face upon entering a new country.

For further details, click here.

For further details please contact:

Courtlin Stoker


mobile: 07973505914

6. How Social Media is Used to Encourage Travel to Syria and Iraq 

(Briefing Paper)

Terrorist organisations, such as ISIL, are trying to radicalise and recruit young people through an extensive use of social media and the internet. Young people, some as young as 14, have tried to leave the UK to travel to join ISIL and other terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq. As with other online harms, every teacher needs to be aware of the risks posed by the online activity of extremist and terrorist groups. This briefing note is aimed at head teachers, teachers and safeguarding leads and provides advice about online terrorist and extremist material. It includes a short summary of some of the main ISIL propaganda claims and identifies social media sites which ISIL is using.

For further details, click here.

7. How to Talk to Your Children About the Paris Attacks?

How to talk to your children about the Paris attacks


8. Investors in Pupils Open Morning, Colton Primary School 

A rare opportunity to experience a Leeds’ primary school's engagement with Investors in Pupils on the morning of Tuesday 26th January 2016. Aimed at colleagues responsible for co-ordinating pupil voice and participation in school it is also relevant for members of SLT wishing to find more out about this topical award and its’ positive school impact.

 “We have held the Investors in Pupils award since 2008 to the point where it is now embedded in everything we do here at Colton”. Sue Harrison. Headteacher. (Oct 2015)

 To book on line please visit



9. Free Teachers Resource Pack for School Recycling Champions

Available Now!

Primary schools keen to support pupils concern for the environment can now benefit from a brand new resource pack providing everything you will need to set up your own team of Recycling champions in school. This editable e-resource pack can be twinned with an optional (at cost) pupil toolkit  for a team of up to 12 pupils. Download a copy  here.  


10. Leeds DEC

Have you seen Leeds DEC’s new publications? Our Global Learning in the curriculum series explores how Global Learning, Values and Attitudes and SMSC can be addressed through the new national curriculum.

 They include:

  • Subject specific resources on Art, Geography, History, English, Re and Citizenship mapped against SMSC and Values and Attitudes.
  • A framework for integrating SMSC and Values education throughout the school curriculum.
  • Thinking/questioning mats that allow teachers and students to address SMSC and Values and Attitudes in every lesson.
  • Reflection tools that help consolidate and evaluate the learning that has taken place.
  • Big ideas and deep learning questions that encourage the promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
  • Activities that encourage students to be thoughtful, caring and active citizens in school and in wider society.
  • Online resources including presentations, infographics and worksheets.

There are £25 Amazon vouchers for the first 60 teachers who complete an evaluation of the resources.


11. Heart Project (Ariel Trust)

 An exciting opportunity for Leeds secondary schools to obtain free access to a teenage healthy relationship resource.

Ariel Trust, in partnership with Leeds Health and Wellbeing Service, is delighted to be able to offer eight Leeds secondary schools a unique opportunity to participate in the ‘Face Up’ teenage healthy relationship programme. As part of a National pilot, Leeds secondary schools have been invited to take part in and receive FREE resources and guidance from the Ariel Trust linked to their Violence Prevention Education Programme. These resources are currently being offered to non-pilot schools across England at a cost of between £200 - £250 per resource and will only be available free to Leeds until September 2016.

What is the HEARTS project?

The HEalthy Adolescent Relationships Training Study (HEARTS) is a project to evaluate the ArielTrust’s ‘Face-Up’ programme.

 What is ‘Face-Up’?

‘Face-Up’ is a media-based resource that educates young people about the differencesbetween healthy and abusive/controlling relationships. It aims to prevent and/or reduce dating violence perpetration and victimisation amongst adolescents. The resources are all planned to support PSHE linked to the English Key Stage 3 curriculum, and come with schemes of work, lesson plans and face to face guidance/support. It is mapped to OFSTED requirements and has modules on:

  1.  Coercive and controlling behaviour
  2. Additional risks associated with technology(Facebook and texting)
  3. Other forms of abuse in relationships (social isolation, and difficulties at home)

 Can my school take part?

Yes! In 2016 we will be conducting a pilot randomised controlled trial (pilot-RCT) of ‘Face-Up’. We want to recruit schools that have not previously delivered ‘Face-Up’.

Participation in this valuable programme is free to secondary schools in Leeds who have been selected against other areas to pilot the project. The funding for the development of the programme by Ariel Trust has come from the Big Lottery programme Realising Ambition. This programme has been delivering dramatic improvements in attitudinal change and academic performance in Liverpool schools for the last 5 years. 

Please do follow this link to view an example of just one of the resources available:

Who can I contact for more information? For further information about participating in this exciting opportunity please click on the relevant documents below. If there is any further information you need please contact the Ariel Trust: Trish Conning (Realising Ambition Project Officer)



Express Interest


Intro. & Information


12. Optimus Education


For more details please contact:

Lily Christopher -


13. Citizenship Foundation (Go Givers)

 Teaching and learning resources

Over 150 cross-curricular lessons to support SMSC learning, including British Values, as well as tools for your interactive whiteboard available from the Go-Givers website


INSET training available to schools in Leeds on teaching approaches to: SMSC, British Values, Anti-Bullying, Diversity, Sensitive and Controversial issues

Active Citizens Project for KS2 – Make a Difference Challenge

Starts with full-day training on 7th Jan and runs through until the end of June. Suitable for Y3-6, can be run as post-SATs project. Supports Pupil Voice and Investors in Pupils and provides an excellent context for SMSC learning, including British Values

Schools with 50% and above of pupils eligible for pupil premium can get a FREE place on the Make a Difference Challenge and a FREE Subscription to the Go-Givers website.

 Contact Ruth Le Breton or 07790 411149 for more information


14. Electronic Cigarettes (E-Cig)

E.cigarette use has grown substantially over the past few years, with some predicting that they will overtake traditional smoked tobacco over the next ten years. A relatively new phenomena, they have divided opinion as to whether they will improve health by giving smokers a safer option to smoked tobacco, or detrimental to health by being used as a gateway to smoking. 

The seminar gave a brief history of e.cigarettes and explored the issues that surround these devices such as regulations, marketing, usage, safety and the impact they may have on public health.


for further information please contact:

Paul Lambert

Advanced Health Improvement Specialist

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