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February 2017 PSHE/Healthy Schools Bulletin

Welcome to the February 2017 PSHE/Healthy Schools Bulletin

1. HMP NOT-4-ME enriches a pupil's learning journey and promotes British Values through SMSC. We raise awareness and understanding to young people of crime and its consequences by delivering a unique, professional and innovative educational experience. We take the Year 5/6 pupils out of their daily routine and give them a unique opportunity to learn about social responsibilities in an innovative and fun packed manner. The pupils become prisoners for the day. They wear prison uniforms, conform to prison rules and are taken into a real life replica Prison Cell. Each pupil works from their HMP Not-4-Me Booklets, which has a range of activities to be undertaken and valuable information to take away. HMP NOT-4-ME...IS-IT-4-YOU?

We utilise a lot of equipment to add to the experience rather than just worksheets which makes the experience more exciting and real:

Prison Cell Van, Prison uniform for children to wear, Alcohol Goggles, Drugs Replica Box, Prison ID banner - Custody, procedure, Hand Held Scanner - Custody procedure, Fingerprint Ink - Custody procedure

For more information please visit: 

2. 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 Screenm time, Sleep, FGM and New Psychoactive Substances (NPS). All the 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.

To register for the survey, or to complete it online, please go to: 

3. The Market Place

The Market Place in Leeds are offering the following free support for 11-19 year olds. Please contact The Market Place on 0113 246 1659 for more information:

Level Heads

An Anger Management Group for young people aged 11-19 years old (groups will be split age appropriately). This will be a 6 week course based at the Market Place premises in Leeds City Centre. It will focus on exploring angry feelings, and look at ways to manage anger effectively.

Lifesmart Workshops

One off workshops to look at specific themes such as Exam Stress, Anxiety and Self Harm. All workshops will explore how the issue affects people and suggest coping strategies for managing these feelings.

My Plan (one to one support with a youth worker for 8-12 sessions) for 11 and 12 year olds.P

4. FCOSTE Research Opportunity

Leeds Beckett are conducting a research project which is focused on facilitating communication between school practitioners, young people and other supportive agencies around sexual topics, usually addressed within SRE.

Conscious of how aspects of sexual bullying, social media and pornography are impacting upon children's lives and their engagement and achievement, the project seeks to draw on the experiences and expertise of those working in the field of SRE in order to inform the development of approaches, resources and networks of support.

The university are currently in the process of recruiting schools/academies to support the project and would be interested in hearing from anybody who would like to be involved. If you would like to be  involved, please email Frances Darby at the following address:

5. e-Bug Resources

e-Bug is a curriculum supplement series  for Key Stage 1, 2, 3 and 4. It teaches young people about microbes, appropriate use of antibiotics, how microbial infections are spread and can be prevented through improved hygiene and vaccine use. The packs teach that antibiotics are a valuable resource that should not be misused

Over 27 European and international countries are involved in the e-Bug project, and the resources were evaluated by more than 3000 children in England, France and the Czech Republic.The e-Bug pack is supported by a website from which all the pack resources, videos demonstrating the activities and additional activities can be downloaded ( website contains complimentary interactive games which teach the key messages of e-Bug while children have fun

6. LGBT History Month February 2017

The overall aim of LGBT History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public.This is done by:

  • Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) people, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community;
  • Raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT community;
  • Working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT communities; and
  • Promoting the welfare of LGBT people, by ensuring that the education system recognises and enables LGBT people to achieve their full potential, so they contribute fully to society and lead fulfilled lives, thus benefiting society as a whole.

For more information, as well as resources, please visit: 

7. Change4Life Be Food Smart Campaign

  • The Change4Life ‘Be Food Smart’ campaign is now up and running.
  • The new Be Food Smart app allows people to scan the barcode of more than 112,000 everyday food or drink products (and growing!!) to see how much sugar, saturated fat and salt they contain at a glance.
  • The app has already been used to scan more than 250,000 food and drink products and more than 3.6 million Be Food Smart information packs have been distributed to schools.
  • The campaign is being supported by three major retailers, Asda, Aldi and the Co-op and the Be Food Smart app is sitting at number 1 in the App Store free food and drink apps.
  • Be Food Smart TV Ad:30 second version:
  • Be Food Smart Breakfast Film:58 second version:

8. Basis

Here is a link to the powerpoint used at the meeting: Basis Powerpoint

More info on:


Facebook: Basis Training and Education


Tel: 0113 – 243 0036

9. Leeds Road Safety Team

Becky James from teh road saftey team talked about what their team can offer to schools around road saftey. More information on tehir services can be found here:

10. Change4Life Fun Day: Supporting healthy lifestyles

Jan Burkhardt from Public Health came to demonstrate and talk about the training available for schools around Change4Life. This is FREE training and she can provide FREE prizes for children and families! This two hour course gives you all you need to know to run the child-led Change4Life Fun Day and Swapathon, a successful Leeds initiative which uses games to deliver health messages in a playful, interactive way and encourages families to make small swaps to
healthier lifestyles. It is a particularly effective way to engage parents and makes a great activity for School Health Weeks.

More information about the training, as well as dates, times and how to book a place on the training can be found here 

11. Leeds Communication Friendly Standard

Evidence shows that excellent communication practices in the classroom impact positively on all areas of the curriculum including reading, writing and maths. By working towards the ‘Leeds Communication Friendly Standard’ Certification, you will reinforce your existing good communication practices and achieve certificates of excellence for the four core principles that embed effective communication practices in school. 

For more information, please contact: 

Lynne Silvester
Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
St Mary’s Hospital: 0113 855 5132 or 07984000320
OR email:

12. Young talent wanted to help NHS campaign

An exciting opportunity has come up for two children in Leeds to help with two animations being developed by the NHS in Leeds. The animations will support an awareness campaign that encourages children to remember to take their asthma medication regularly as well as ensuring they have their emergency inhaler with them at all times. This builds on a previous successful campaign that was supported by Sacred Heart Primary School in Kirkstall. Children from the school starred in three light hearted short video clips, two nursery rhymes and captioned photos to share on social media (called memes). The previous campaign can be found by visiting:

We’re now looking for two children, ideally one boy and one girl, to act as voiceovers for two short animations that build upon the resources we’ve developed previously. The NHS wanted to share this opportunity more widely with other schools so that pupils from other parts of Leeds get the chance to be involved. It will give pupils a chance to take part in an important campaign, a fun and creative day with a marketing agency at a recording studio and maybe even the first steps to stardoms.

What we’ll need is two pupils who can attend a day at a recording studio, likely to be in Leeds. If the school or schools can provide transport through an existing route eg school minibus that would be great however if this is not possible the NHS can source this working with the relevant school staff. Children will also be given lunch and refreshments through the day. We’d need at least one member of school staff to be present on the day as per any safeguarding procedures and consent to be provided by parents/carers.

We’re ideally looking to set filming up before February half-term or possibly the week immediately after half-term. If you need any further information you can either contact Shak Rafiq at NHS Leeds West CCG on 0113 843 5529 or Laura Cavanagh at Ilk (the marketing agency putting the animation together) on 0113 2429 174/

13. Training

For details of our upcoming training, please visit

Bookings can be made through 

Covid-19 - Resources

Firstly may we say THANK YOU to everyone who is working hard during this time to keep children and young people happy, learning, laughing, active and calm at this time of great uncertainty!

We are keen to share tools and resources as best we can, to support children’s wellbeing and education over this period of uncertainty. With this in mind, we have produced a range of advice and free resources for schools, as well as resources for parents/carers in your school.

These resources are updated every week so please check them on a regular basis.

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