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March 2019 PSHE/Healthy Schools Bulletin

Welcome to the March 2019 PSHE/Healthy Schools Bulletin

Welcome to the March 2019 PSHE/Healthy Schools Bulletin

Here you will find all the information and contact details of what was shared at the meeting.

Inputs at the meeting:

1. Health & Wellbeing Service updates including information about the new statutory RE, RSE & HE guidance.

2. Kooth

From XenZone, this is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop. It is free year-round support from professional online counsellors now available to children and young people aged 11-25. This session gave a general overview of the Kooth service and provided information on the key features of the website and how young people can get the most out of it. Key features include: counselling, mentoring, peer support and self-help.

For more information please contact: or visit:

Here is a downloadable poster: Kooth Poster for Schools

Here is a downloadable leaflet: Kooth leaflet

This is the presentation Sophie shared at the meeting: Kooth Presentation

3. The Positive Identities Team:

Barnardo’s are able to continue offering FREE and funded training and support schools in challenging homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying, including LGBTQ lives within the curriculum and supporting pupils around gender identity and sexuality. The programme is for Primary, Secondary and Alternative Provision schools and will build on the work schools already do in creating a safe and inclusive environment for all. This presentation explored the need for the work, how the programme can help your school, what support would look like and how to sign up.

Positive Identies Presentation

sign-up link:

Here are some downloadable free resource packs for primary and secondary schools:

For more information please contact: 

4. National Autistic Society Teen Life Programme - Lighthouse School Facilitators:

Soci#ety (NAS) Teen Life Programme is a six-session programme for parents/carers of young people aged 10 to 16 years on the autism spectrum and an accompanying professional. It is based on a programme that the NAS has run successfully in Bristol for several years.  Lighthouse School has become a licenced provider of the programme. In this session they shared information about the programme and how families or schools can apply to take part.

For more information please contact:

5. Lighthouse School - Sleep School Feedback - The Children's Sleep Charity:

Practitioners from Lighthouse School attended some sleep champions training run by The Children's Sleep Charity. During the networking session they shared some of the benefits the training has had on the staff and the school community and how they are moving forward with actions to be "Sleep School" aware. In this session they shared and signposted to some of the resources available from The Children's Sleep Charity.

For more information please visit:

You can access both PowerPoints presented by Lighthouse School here: PowerPoints

6. Healthy Eating: Cooking in the curriculum:

Siobhan O'Mahony gave an update on cooking in the curriculum, planning schemes of work and assessment through a whole school approach. You can download the PowerPoint here.

Further information shared on the day:

1. Leeds PeaceJam Slam

This exciting one day event is free to participants and is aimed at secondary school students aged 14-18. The theme for the PeaceJam Slam is ‘The Power of Sports for Peace’. There is a great line up of workshops and an inspirational keynote by the celebrated Leeds Rugby player Jamie Jones-Buchanan. Please note that the date on this flyer has been cancelled and a new date will be announced soon. For more information, please contact:

2. Running Away - FREE case study videos and lesson plans

Following a consultation with over a hundred young people across West Yorkshire, the Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP) and West Yorkshire Police have developed two case study videos on the subject of running away. The videos show the stories of two teenagers and what happened when they were reported missing.

These videos, along with a lesson plan, are now available to all teaching staff who work with teenagers, to explore the topic of running away in a structured session. The purpose of the lesson is to:

Explore the factors that lead a young person to consider running away

1. Analyse the risks of running away

2. Signpost to supporting services.

The lesson plan can be used to deliver to a group of young people, or on a one to one basis. Please click here to access them: case study and lesson plans

3. Is your school ready for World Refugee Week 17-21st June?

My Bright Kite is a Leeds based refugee youth organisation offering assemblies, storytelling, talks and workshops to educate children and young people on the global themes of migration and refugees. Please click here for the flyer.

With over 16 years’ experience of delivering refugee awareness workshops to education settings, My Bright Kite are passionate about educating all children and young people, irrespective of background, on the global themes of migration and refugees.

My Bright Kite school programmes draw on the personal experiences of Gulwali, our co-founder who escaped war-torn Afghanistan as a child; as well as the voices and experiences of many of the children and families our team work with in Leeds and overseas. We use the stories of refugee children to build connection with pupils and promote understanding, compassion and empathy among our audiences.

My Bright Kite programmes combine assemblies, storytelling, talks and classroom workshops for different key stages to support learning outcomes linked to the Citizenship and PSHE curriculums, SMSC education, the British Values framework, Inclusion and SMSC quality marks and wider cross-curriculum projects. For more details, to make an enquiry or to book please visit: or email

4. Safe Zone

Safe Zone is crisis support service for young people aged 11 - 17 and is open every Monday 7-9pm. Whilst we take referrals between 5 – 6pm we will continue to answer the phone and take referrals up to 8pm if we have slots available.

Safe Zone is being delivered by The Market Place which has been delivering emotional well-being and mental health support services to young people in Leeds for 30 years - 

If you require any more information about Safe Zone please contact The Market Place on 0113 246 1659 or 

5. Funding opportunities and freebies for schools

Please click here to find a range of funding opportunites and freebies available to schools!

6. How to support your pupils’ mental health this exam season

Help your pupils to manage exam stress this summer with these tips on practical strategies to use in school, recommended relaxation techniques and advice on how to best support parents. Click here for the document.



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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