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‘No Outsiders’ - An Exciting Calendar of Primary Pupil Workshops for 2017

Each year the HfL Wellbeing advisers are asked by primary schools to deliver workshops to mark the many special events that contribute to schools’ SMSC work across the year. In response, new for 2017, the team have developed a pick and mix programme of ready-made pupil workshops that can be booked for us to deliver in your school. All workshops are designed for years 5 and 6 to raise awareness and explore key messages about equality, diversity and inclusion and to support your British Values and the safeguarding curriculum.

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Spring Term Brochure - HfL Wellbeing team

The spring training brochure from the HfL Wellbeing team includes a free SRE Summit that will address key issues across all phases, on 10 March, as well as a range of opportunities to deliver high quality curriculum to support Prevent duties and to support PSHE. We have opportunities for training on anti-hbt (homophobia, biphobia and transphobia) for primary and secondary schools and separate dedicated sessions for our faith schools, with a Catholic schools training day on 2nd February and one for Church of England schools on 2nd March. If you are concerned to measure and increase physical activity levels across your school there is a course for you. Finally, If you are interested in staff wellbeing – have a look at our training for Improving Staff Emotional Health and Wellbeing in February, just before half term.

Full details in the flyer below:

Spring Term Training Brochure

#AntiBullyingWeek Superhero Competition

The Anti-Bullying Alliance have teamed up with A Place to Hang Your Cape to bring you some brand new superheroes for Anti-Bullying Week 2016. They are holding a competition for young people aged 16 and under to draw themselves as a superhero. The winners will be featured in a 2017 calendar.

You can enter the competition by following this link:

The competition closes on 16th September.

Resources to support schools celebrating difference, families, relationships and gender awareness

EACH (Educational Action Challenging Homophobia) have just released a comprehensive resource to help staff in primary and secondary schools gain the confidence, knowledge and tools to create a safer learning environment for LGBT+ young people and their families.

It includes:

  • 7 primary school lesson plans covering celebrating difference, families, relationships and gender awareness
  • 10 secondary school lesson plans on prejudice-based language, bullying, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans media representation, prejudice, gender and social media
  • guidance on what the law says, teaching about LGBT+ identities and relationships, handling disclosures, staff training, anti-bullying policies and one-to-one support for LGBT+ young people

For further details and to download resources please see:

Stonewall Train the Trainers

This course for tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools is being run by Herts for Learning. It is designed to facilitate cascade training and whole school development.

Stonewall - Train the Trainer Flyer - Primary

Letters for Schools - Primary

Stonewall - Train the Trainer Flyer - Secondary

Letters for Schools - Secondary

Estimates of bullying of year 9 pupils in England

A comparison of survey results from 2004 and 2013, showing how many fewer year 9 pupils are estimated to have been bullied in 2013. The release is based on estimates for 2004 and 2013, which come from the first and second ‘Longitudinal study of young people in England’:

 

£2 million fund to tackle homophobic bullying in schools

Organisations urged to come forward with ideas to stamp out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. A £2 million package will be offered to schools to help them tackle homophobic bullying, the government has announced:

 

Primary Disability Workshop: All Inclusive - Tackling Disability-Related Bullying

During the workshop young people will consider their existing stereotypes/ prejudices towards disabled people and explore the term disability and understand that disabilities can be visible as well as invisible. The activities and resulting discussion will allow them to explore different aspects of disability-related prejudice and look at the steps that they can take to ensure that they are inclusive and that they challenge any disability-related prejudice and bullying amongst their peers. 

Primary Disability Workshop Details

Age Group: Year 3, 4, 5 and 6

Length of workshops: approximately 2 hours

 

No Bystanders Film

Stonewall has launched a new secondary focused campaign - No Bystanders - with a hard-hitting and powerful 60 second film which shows that, unchecked, the abusive language children learn in the playground stays with them into adulthood. It encourages people – including gay people – to check their own language, and pledge not to be a bystander whenever they hear it from others. The No Bystanders film and pledge can be found at:

 

FREEFREE Primary Film

FREE is Stonewall's ground-breaking new film for primary school students which looks at bullying, different families and the importance of being yourself.

 

ChildLine Schools Service - Programme for Years 5 & 6

Hertfordshire County Council and Herts for Learning are working together with the ChildLine Schools Service to ensure that all our Primary Schools have the opportunity to access their innovative anti-abuse programme aimed at years 5 and 6. This safeguarding programme includes a pre-visit meeting to give you an opportunity to review the content in detail and to support you in informing parents about the programme. Further details and how to make a booking are as follows:

'The ChildLine Schools Service is provided free of charge by the NSPCC. It is a ground-breaking initiative which we are aiming to deliver into every primary school in the UK once every two years.

Research shows that younger children can be especially vulnerable to abuse because they have less awareness of what it is and may not know how to seek help if it happens. We believe that with early intervention we could hope to see a reduction in the numbers of children suffering abuse and for children to speak up from an earlier age.

The objectives of the ChildLine Schools Service are:

  • To ensure children have an understanding of abuse in all its forms, including bullying, and an ability to recognise the signs of abuse.
  • To ensure children know how to protect themselves from all forms of abuse.
  • To make them aware of how to get help and sources of help.

The delivery model is in two stages. Firstly, we deliver a 30 minute assembly to Y5 and 6 pupils to inform children of the different types of abuse and where they can go to seek help. The second stage, which happens approximately 1-2 weeks later, is an interactive classroom-based workshop lasting up to 1 hour, to reinforce the assembly messages and encourage discussion and questions.

We have found it really helpful to work with Local Authorities in other regions as the assemblies and workshops directly relate to the PSHE curriculum and also the objectives of the ‘healthy schools’ initiative.

To find out more and to book a visit to your school please contact Rachel Burrage, Area Co-ordinator for Hertfordshire:
Tel: 07795 970633
Email: Rachel.Burrage@NSPCC.org.uk