PSHE BULLETIN - December 2013

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   Welcome to the December PSHE update from the Health & Welbeing Service.


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What is Healthwatch?

Created by the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

Strengthen the collective voice of people who use health and social care services and members of the public.

  • Nationally – Healthwatch England
  • Locally – Healthwatch Leeds
  • Providing information, advice and signposting
  • How to access services
  • What services are available
  • Choice and control

For more information please click on PowerPoint.

 Trading Standards Niche Tobacco Education Project

The project has been extended until April 2014. Individual schools can receive free staff training and Year 5 pupils can receive a 1 hour lesson.

 West Yorkshire Trading Standards (WYTS) is working in partnership with Leeds city council and NHS Airedale, Bradford and Leeds to raise awareness of the health risks of using niche tobacco. WYTS is offering free training for health and non-health professionals who work in these particular areas so they can provide their service users with information, raise awareness and signpost to support for Niche Tobacco as appropriate to their role. The training will provide information about the availability of niche tobacco products, the health impacts of using niche tobacco and what support services are available for users.

For more information click on link.

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Stop Smoking Service

The Stop Smoking Service is looking at reviewing what support they can offer schools. If you would like to have an input into this please click on the link and email

New in 2014

They already have some training for the new year planned:

“Up in Smoke”

Young People & Smoking Brief Intervention Training

These are FREE training events for professionals working with young people aged 11 to 17 in Leeds.

Available Dates :

05.03.2014 - 1.30pm to 5pm at Technorth

22.04.2014 - 9.30am to 1pm at Armley Moor Health Centre

To Book a place: Please click on flyer link.

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In:tuition - Inspiring Positive Choices

The programme is for teachers of those aged 9-14 years and aims to build young people’s confidence and personal and social skills. It provides them with the opportunity to safely explore how they make decisions and to understand what might influence them. Whilst its sub-theme is alcohol, its focus is wider, addressing a range of relevant personal needs in an age-sensitive way.

In:tuition has been developed from extensive pilot studies and has been developed in partnership with teachers, PSHE professionals, parents and young people, to ensure it is of benefit to all those involved. Please see additional programme notes and email flyer.

You can sign up to In:tuition by visiting and registering as a new user. Once your registration is complete, you will have access to all the materials you need to deliver the programme, as well as online support and training. click on flyer link.

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing us on

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Platform Young Peoples' Drugs Info

Platform Young Peoples' Drugs Service in Leeds focuses on allowing young people up to the age of 18 to make an informed choice about their lifestyle and seek help regarding substance and alcohol use.
We will ensure that anyone accessing our service is offered a safe, comfortable environment and a worker who will listen and not judge.
We believe that confidentiality and trust is a crucial part of our service and our workers will always try to maintain this.

Drug & Alcohol Education Survey 2013-14

We are calling on staff in Leeds schools who are responsible for teaching drug, alcohol and tobacco education to complete a survey on drug education. The survey (Ctrl+Click to access) will take a few minutes of your time, and as an added incentive, teachers who complete the survey will get free torches that signpost Platform, the Leeds drug and alcohol service for young people.

 Drugs alcohol and tobacco together form a new priority for Children’s Services. The results will be used to improve the city’s provision to schools for this priority. Support could include staff training, lesson delivery or signposting to services that can help vulnerable children and families.

 Statistics from a recent report to Leeds Children’s Trust Board:

1.1      Primary Schools – Pupils with free school meal entitlement are significantly more likely to live with someone who smokes and to have tried a cigarette. 42% of Leeds primary school children surveyed have had an alcoholic drink.

1.2      Secondary Schools – 19% of year 11 pupils have used an illegal drug, and 11% regularly use cannabis. Almost a fifth of young people aged 11 – 16 years reported having been drunk in the last four weeks.

1.3      There is a strong association between smoking and risky behaviours including drug and alcohol use amongst young people. When young people are choosing to drink they are consuming high levels of alcohol leading to increased drunkenness (binge drinking).

Nationally, a survey (carried out by the PSHE Association, on behalf of Mentor) was carried out with 288 teachers in the summer term. To find out more please check out the full report (Ctrl+Click to access). The data that we collect will also be feeding into these findings.

 If you would like to find out more about the survey please contact:

New School Meals Data

New School Meal data, for the financial year April 2012 – 13, is now available on Infobase: Code D3397. For additional support on healthy eating please contact:

 My Health, My School Survey 2013/14

This year the Health & Wellbeing Service have developed a new health behaviour survey to continue the legacy of collecting school health data as the Growing Up in Leeds Survey (GUILS; previously known as the Every Child Matters Survey) is not going to be available this academic year. The new survey (My Health, My School Survey) is available to all Year 5,6,7,9 and 11 pupils and will go live in January 2014.

The new survey has undergone some improvements including a reduction in the number of questions available to pupils. The survey will continue to offer schools a FREE and efficient way of gathering pupil views. The results will hopefully provide schools' with data identifying strengths and areas for development to help the school improvement process, providing excellent inspection preparation and helping to improve pupil outcomes.  

If you would like to download last year's GUIL Survey results please contact the Children’s Performance Service by email

If you would like further information on how to participate in this year’s My Health, My School Survey please contact   on 07891 273134. 

Public Health Resource Centre (PHRC)

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.

Will you permit or prohibit e-cigarette use on your premises?

 Two documents (click to open Doc. One & Doc. Two)have been produced by ASH following approaches by organisations considering permitting or prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes by their staff, clients or customers, or generally on their premises. The public health community is still debating the pros and cons of these new products and the advice of policy makers is limited by the available evidence. The briefing has been written to assist organisation in reaching their own decision. The information provided is consistent with that published by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in respect of nicotine containing products (NCPs), public health guidance on smoking cessation and tobacco harm reduction issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the requirements of the smokefree legislation as advised by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

 Recommended approach

In order to establish a sensible and justifiable policy, we are advising that you first consider the following five questions:

 1. What are the issues you trying to deal with?

2. What do you think you need to control?

3. Do you have concerns about the possibility of harm from NCPs?

4. Will restricting or prohibiting use of Nicotine Containing Products support compliance with smokefree policies?

5. Do you want your policy to help to improve people’s health?

PSHE - Current Position (November 2013)

The present position of PSHE – see attached document.

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Ten questions about Bullying to explore during Circle Time or Tutor Time – see attached document.

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To see the rest of the PSHE Training this year - click here

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Health & Wellbeing SLA Support & Training

The Service Level Agreement went out to all schools in March, if you didn’t receive a copy of the brochure, or would like more information about the packages on offer this year, please go to: 

PSHE logo (PSHE_small_Logo.jpg) Next PSHE network meeting

Date: Thursday 6th February 2014

Time: 3.30 – 5.30

Please click on the link below to book yourself on. Please note that there is no charge to attend this meeting, and doesn’t affect the SLA package that your school may have purchased.




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