February 2016 PSHE/Healthy Schools Bulletin

Welcome to the February PSHE/Healthy Schools Bulletin: 

1. PSHE/SRE Statutory Status call update

I'm sure you will have already seen the very disappointing announcement from DfE last week that they will not be making SRE/PSHE statutory. This is despite the call for statutory status from the four select committee chairs, the Chief Medical Officer and the Children's Commissioner. letter from Nicky Morgan to the Education Select Committee. 

Here is the statement from the Sex Education Forum. Here is a link to the response from the PSHE Association statement 

2. CSE Primary Resource film – Alright Charlie?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ‘Alright Charlie’ is a non gender specific primary resource film to help support teaching CSE and the issue of grooming to upper KS2 in primary schools.  The film has been produced with funding from the DfE by Leeds charity BLAST.  It is accompanied by a workbook for children and a guidance document for staff.

The film, which has been trialled with over 1000 children in schools in Derby, Leeds and Bradford, has been extremely positively received by both staff and pupils.

Launch event in Leeds:

Friday 18th March @ 4.00pm

Oxford Place Centre


To book a place go to:

3. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Lesson Plans

As a team, we have developed 4 Year 6 FGM lesson plans, however we do feel they could easily be adapted to be delivered in Year 7 too. These are still being finalised but will be available via training. The first training event will be taking place on the 21st June, in the afternoon. We will be opening up this training to all schools who have received whole school staff training on FGM from the Leeds Safeguarding team. Details of the training and how to book will be sent to these schools specifically in due course. Please keep an eye out for the advert arriving in your inbox soon!

4. New and updated model Primary PSHE & Sex and Relationships Education policies now available! 

In consultation with schools and other key stakeholders, the Health and Wellbeing Service has created brand new and improved separate primary model policies for both SRE and PSHE which will be shared through training. The policies are in line with all the latest and most relevant law and guidance, both local and national, so schools can be sure they have included everything that is required. Delegates attending the training will be given the model policies and have the opportunity to start working on them at the event.

Secondary model policies are also available and a training date will be conirmed in due course in order to access these. 

The course will provide delegates with the opportunity to: 

  • Explore ways in which to review and update the existing policies to match the setting and needs of the individual school/setting and its pupils
  • Update on the latest developments within SRE and PSHE.
  • Allow delegates to start working on updating their policies to reflect these new developments
  • Signpost the support available from the Health and Wellbeing Service in updating the policies
  • Identify further training / support available to schools

 For more information on how to book a place on this course go to:

5. LGBT History Month

February is LGBT history month and the Proud Trust together with Schools OUT UK have produced a free LGBT History Month Pack for February 2016. The theme of History Month is ‘Religion, Belief and Philosophy: A Leap of Faith’.  The pack is full of handy session plans, ideas and a useful FAQs section. 

You can download the pack at  There’s also a PowerPoint for assemblies which can be downloaded from this webpage too.

6. New FREE Stonewall resources

Stonewall have designed a series of posters for this year’s LGBT History Month featuring LGBT Role Models of faith. Schools can download them from

Their new guide Supporting LGBT Young People can downloaded at:

Getting Started: A toolkit for preventing and tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in secondary schools is a new toolkit available to download for free. This toolkit provides a framework and a set of practical tools to enable secondary schools (although primary schools could use some of the content from this and adapt it) to embed work to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying across their policies and procedures. It includes template policies, surveys and reporting forms in this guide, modelled on good practice. It can be downloaded at

Finally, the activity pack that supports the Stonewall primary film 'FREE' is available as a downloadable resource from - don’t forget all primary schools can access 'FREE' for free at where there are also activities for children and lesson plans for teachers.

7. LGBT Youth Groups in Leeds

There are 2 youth groups available to LGBT young people in Leeds. Out 2 18 is a group open to young people who identify themselves as LGBT or questioning. Transtastic is a group open to young people who identify as transgender or who are confused about their gender identity. Schools can make referrals to these groups where appropriate or young people can refer themselves. 

8. C4L Sugar Smart Campaign

Change4Life launched a new healthy eating campaign this January. The campaign aims to help families find out how much sugar is lurking in their food and drink and encourage healthier choices. All schools should have received resources to give out and use in school as part of your free fruit and vegetable delivery.

To support you to embed these key messages and get the whole school on board, we have developed a fun and interactive assembly for you to deliver. The assembly comes complete with teacher’s notes to support your delivery. CLICK HERE to download the FREE assembly.

Please tell us what you’re doing and if you plan use the assembly so we can give your school a special mention on our website and twitter feed!

A new Sugar Smart app has also been launched to help parents to see how much sugar there is in everyday food and drink. The free app is downloadable from the app store and google play. You could use the app in lessons or encourage families to use it at home.

You can sign up for the campaign here and for the school zone here 

9. Planning for Finance Education in school

Date & Time: Thursday 5 May 2016. 09:15 - 15:30      

Venue: North East Learning Centre, Talbot Avenue, Leeds, LS17 6SF 

‘Helping young people make the most of the opportunities and challenges that money brings in life’.

In primary schools, financial education features in mathematics and non-statutory programmes of study for Citizenship and Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE education) at key stages 1 and 2. In secondary schools, financial education is now an aspect of Citizenship and Mathematics. Together with PSHE education this provides more opportunities than ever for well-balanced and rounded financial education.

As well as developing mathematical skills pupils also need to consider their attitudes towards money so they can understand what drives the choices they make and how they will feel about the consequences. This is a practical course for primary and secondary school teachers and educational professionals to plan a programme of financial education that will use all the opportunities a school curriculum provides for developing financial capability.

This course is FREE to schools with a full Health & Wellbeing Service SLA. Schools with a  basic or no SLA can attend on a PAYG (pay as you go) basis. Please visit to book online.

10. Leeds Youth Voice Summit

16th May 2016  The Civic Hall, LS1 09:30 - 14:15  £ free

Help meet schools’ PREVENT duties – Help reduce discrimination in your school – Contribute SMSC Outcomes

On the 16th May, the Voice, Influence and Change Team in Children’s Services are holding the cities first Youth Voice Summit in partnership with UK Youth Parliament and a variety of Leeds City Council departments. 

This event, for secondary school and college students, will be on the theme of tackling discrimination – which is the UK Youth Parliament’s national campaign for 2016.  

Please see the flyer and frequently asked questions document for full details of the day and booking information. Bring a group of up to ten student representatives (see flyer for details)

  • Range of workshops on tackling discrimination including workshop from leading national organisation Stop Hate UK
  • Attended by city councillors including those responsible for Children & Families, Equalities and Communities as well as by the councils Hate Crime Coordinator , Head of Equalities, PREVENT Duty Coordinator and more
  • Students will be able to influence local agendas and emotional wellbeing curriculum around tackling discrimination in all its forms
  • Students will have opportunity to join the Leeds Youth Council
  • Help your school meet duties under PREVENT agenda and evidence SMSC outcomes around ‘promoting British values’
  • Marketplace area from local agencies
  • Lunch and refreshments included

Places are very limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Booking deadline 16th April.

11. Leeds Sexual Health Service

Citywise is an under 19s clinic sexual health running from the Merrion Hub, especially for young people.

12. One Day Creative

One Day connects children and learning through creative learning and imagination. Our mission is to empower young people to believe in themselves, grow in confidence and fulfill their dreams. Our creative workshop menu caters for children of all ages, and many workshops promote healthy, happy and safe lifestyles, with E-Safety & Mindfulness being two of the most booked subject areas. Our range of International Dance workshops are also popular to tie in with Sports Week, and any work around the Olympics topic. We encourage parental involvement, especially around issue-based learning. Please contact Rebecca on or visit the website at for more information. 

13. 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 to secondary and primary schools. 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 

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

Email - Carol Jordan 

14. Mantra Lingua 

PENpal is an innovative device that combines printed materials with technology to create a multi-sensory reading experience. It works by reading micro barcodes linked to specific audio files - simply touch the PENpal to one of the numerous printed resources enabled for its use, and it will read aloud the content in over 50 different languages. PENpal is a flexible and portable device with great potential for both classroom and personal use. It can be used in conjunction with SRE lessons in order to support EAL/SEND pupils with accessing the language specific to SRE, in order to support safeguarding. For more information on the resource go to: 

We are looking to offer training on PENpal so please look out for this advert coming soon!! 

15. Public Health Resource Centre

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.

16. The My Health My School Survey is now LIVE

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

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 includes 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 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.

17. Upcoming training: 

For more information or to book a place on any of these courses, go to:


Training Course Title



School Food Ambassadors

01.03.16 & 25.04.16

Playgrounds for Playtime


Anti-Bullying - Ofsted Preparation


Re-validating your Healthy Schools Status (using the School Health Check tool)


Playmaker Playground Leader Training (years 4/5)


School Food- Everything you need to know


Growing & Farming in Schools


RSE for Boys and Young Men


Happy, Healthy Lunchtimes


Leading and managing PSHE


Review and update your Primary SRE and PSHE Policies


Grief and bereavement in schools – everybody’s business


PSHE assessment (primary and secondary)


School Food Ambassadors Pupil Training


Physical Activity Policy Training Workshop


Finance Education & the Curriculum

Date of next PSHE/Healthy Schools Network Meeting:

Thursday 5th May @ 2:30pm - 5pm in the Boardroom, Adams Court (Free to all regardless of SLA)

To book a place go to: