Forthcoming Protective Behaviours training

Liz Bates will be delivering two days of Protective Behaviours training in May – one for primary (May 22nd) and one for secondary (May 15th). The days aim to give participants a basic understanding of Protective Behaviours to enable them to use the strategies to work with children and young people in whole class and 1:1 situations. The focus for the primary day will be ‘Being Safe and Feeling Safe’ and will explore what it means to feel safe and to help children develop strategies for self-protection.. The secondary day will focus on pre-empting and supporting pupils who exhibit risk taking behaviour.

Each day costs £210 or £168 if your school subscribes to the Health Education Service.

Both days are at our training centre on the east of the city (B33 0AW). If you would like more info then feel free to contact Liz on liz.bates@servicesforeducation.co.uk

If you would like make a booking then you can download the booking form here BOOKING FORM April 2013

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The future for PSHE?

If you would like to know more about the implications for PSHE of the new curriculum review then we are holding briefing sessions in May for schools to help them get up-to-date with the recent PSHE curriculum announcements, and what impact these will have on future practice.
For Secondary Schools the briefing will look at the implications for PSHE and SMSC in light of new curricular announcements and also in the context of the DfE response to the consultation process for PSHE and the Department of Health publishing the  Framework for Sexual Health Improvement.

Primary School Briefings on National Curricular announcements and PSHE and Citizenship, as well as the Framework for improving Sexual Health.  The changes will mean that schools will need to come to terms with less prescription and more freedom in their planning to meet the localised agenda.

The details:
Primary sessions
May 14th, 4-5.30pm at HESTC, Midland Croft, B33 0AW
May 16th, 4-5.30pm at Warwick House, B1 2RX

Secondary Sessions
May 2nd, 4-5.30pm at HESTC, Midland Croft, B33 0AW
May 9th, 4-5.30pm at WarwickHouse, B1 2RX

They are free to subscribing schools and £50 to non subscribers. Places are limited to 30 per briefing. To book a place, download the booking form here. BOOKING FORM April 2013

Protective Behaviours – what is it all about?

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Liz Bates is one of the HES Safeguarding trainers and advisers. Her area of expertise is emotional health and well-being and she leads on the delivery of Protective Behaviours training. In this post she explains a little more what Protective Behaviours is all about.

There is a difference between telling children and young people what is a dangerous situation or dangerous behaviour, and helping them to recognise for them selves what it means to feel safe or unsafe.

As adults we are very good at telling and showing children and young people what is and is not safe.  We give them an ‘external reference’ so that they can recognise and measure ‘unsafe’ activities and circumstances – crossing the road, using a sharp knife, conducting an experiment in the science lab, talking to someone in a chat room.  What Protective Behaviours adds is the ‘internal measure’ of safety – how do I feel? What does safe feel like? What does unsafe feel like?  What does it feel like for me? And crucially, what can I do if I feel unsafe?

 Protective Behaviours is not a set of lesson plans but a process,  a web of ideas and strategies that feed into and support each other.   Staff training leads to an internalisation of the process and access to the skills and strategies which support the two themes:

  • We all have the right to feel safe all of the time
  • We can talk to someone about anything even if it is awful or small

These skills and strategies are applicable to young people’s whole lives: an understanding of ‘unwritten rules’;  the connection between feelings, thoughts and behaviour; the recognition of intuitive early warning signs; the knowledge that it is ok to break the rules in an emergency;  a network of people who can help; the language and vocabulary to express their feelings………

An ethos of Protective Behaviours can support a school on many levels, from whole school policy development – what better start to a behaviour or anti-bullying policy than ‘We all have the right to feel safe’ – through classroom activities, to individual crisis intervention. 

For more information contact liz.bates@servicesforeducation.co.uk

The votes are being counted!

Yesterday was the deadline for the new curriculum consultation. Included in this is PSHE and Citizenship. There has been much lobbying and debate in recent weeks particularly about the provision of sex and relationships education, and the level of detail relevant to SRE included in the new science curriculum.  As soon as we know the outcomes of the consultation we will let you know.

New PSHE Curriculum briefings

We will be holding briefing sessions in May for schools to help them get up-to-date with the recent PSHE curriculum announcements, and what impact these will have on future practice.
For Secondary Schools the briefing will look at the implications for PSHE and SMSC in light of New curricular announcements and also in the context of the DfE response to the consultation process for PSHE and the Department of Health publishing the  Framework for Sexual Health Improvement.

Primary School Briefings on National Curricular announcements and PSHE and Citizenship, as well as the Framework for improving Sexual Health.  The changes will mean that schools will need to come to terms with less prescription and more freedom in their planning to meet the localised agenda.

The details:
Primary sessions
May 14th, 4-5.30pm at HESTC, Midland Croft, B33 0AW
May 16th, 4-5.30pm at Warwick House, B1 2RX

Secondary Sessions
May 2nd, 4-5.30pm at HESTC, Midland Croft, B33 0AW
May 9th, 4-5.30pm at Warwick House, B1 2RX

They are free to subscribing schools and £50 to non subscribers. Places are limited to 30 per briefing.
To book a place email your name, the date of the session you wish to attend and a contact number to Andrew Cooper.

For maps to the venues click here