Jingle bells all round!

Our last blog update before the festive break, so all of the team at the Health Education Service would like to wish you a wonderful Christmas, and happy and healthy new year.

Also we would love to hear from you if your school has been involved in exciting activities around physical and emotional health. The blog has had almost 300 views since September so it is a great way of letting more people know about your achievements and excellent practice. If you have something that you would like us to include please email andrew.cooper@servicesforeducation.co.uk

Homophobia and sexuality – new primary resource coming soon
Liz attended the Stonewall Education Seminar ‘Tackling homophobic language and staying safe online’ on Thursday and was lucky enough to be amongst one of the first groups to see a preview of the new Stonewall film for Primary Schools ‘Free’. This looks like it will be an excellent resource when it is released next year and Liz is planning to incorporate it into her anti- bullying training. She can also give schools guidance and support on how they will be able to use the film to help address diversity and inclusion.
There was also some very specific guidance on advising gay young people on how to stay safe online and Liz will be incorporating this into her training and courses on Protective Behaviours for Secondary Schools – Risk taking behaviour. For support on dealing with all forms of bullying including homophobic, contact Liz on liz.bates@servicesforeducation.co.uk

Tom Daley’s recent decision to talk openly about his sexuality may provide teachers with a useful inroad to raising the issue with young people. The Guardian produced a summary of possible teaching resources and ideas. Click here to access.

Obesity levels fall
Some good news on obesity levels this week. The number of obese and overweight children in the final year of primary school in England has fallen for the first time in six years.
A third (33.3%) of pupils aged 10-11 measured in 2012-13 were obese or overweight, compared with 33.9% the previous year.
The number of also fell in reception for the second year. It is the first time that children who were measured in the first year of the National Childhood Measurement Programme when they were in reception in 2006-07 have been measured a second time when they are now in year 6.
Certainly we have seen from the Be Healthy visits recently, a major push by schools to contribute to healthy weight agenda. We have been particularly impressed by the degree that healthy weight was addressed as a whole school issue. Work with parents, training for staff, updating of the curriculum, support for vulnerable pupils and delivery of high quality physical activity were all common features and it was great to see in many of the schools just how many people had joined together to address their action plans. A number of issues such as tackling unhealthy lunchboxes and providing interventions for overweight pupils, which a few years ago some schools were reluctant to tackle, are now being readily accepted as key areas for schools to be involved in.
If you would like information of either the Be Healthy Schools’ Award please contact andrew.cooper@servicesforeducation.co.uk or for the Health for Life programme then please contact Sandra.passmore@servicesforeducation.co.uk.

The views of primary pupils on the sexualisation of culture
An interesting addition to the recent reports on young peoples’ attitudes to gender and sexual cultures is ‘Boys and Girls Speak Out’. The report was commissioned by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner in Wales and in contrast to earlier research this report focuses on younger children aged 10-12 . Discussion focused on five key areas: the sexualisation of culture, body cultures, relationship cultures, equalities and change. The Key findings include
• children are actively negotiating and learning about the ways sexuality affects them and their lives
• boys and girls talk about “looking older” in a very different way to “looking sexy”
• all children, but especially girls, feel pressurised to conform to gender norms
• many schools have a strong boyfriend-girlfriend culture, making boy-girl friendships almost impossible
• children experience verbal sexual harassment, but find it hard to tell parents or teachers and are ill equipped to deal with it
• children are more worried about “scary” rather than sexually explicit images
• many children are angry about sexism amongst their peers and in society as a whole

The full report is available here http://www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform/research/findings/boys-and-girls-speak-out_wda100425.html

Initial Teacher Training
Finally something you may not have realised that we are involved in, is initial teacher training. Our parent organisation, Services for Education, are an accredited provider of ITT and we are working in partnership with Calthorpe Teaching School to train 20 primary trainees to reach QTS in the 2014/15 through the new School Direct programme. We have places left across our broad range of partner schools and are looking for enthusiastic and motivated new trainees passionate about making a difference to the lives of children and young people.

You can find more info here .
If you want to apply then visit the UCAS teacher training site and search Birmingham providers, clicking on Calthorpe.


Girl Guides, Google, Gorgeous food and more!

This weeks round up of news, resources and snippets of interest in the world of PSHE, Safeguarding and emotional health

Partner abuse – advice for young people
This week saw the launch of This Is Abuse website aimed at broadening the understanding of young people have about what constitutes abuse, consent and rape. A hard hitting ad campaign aimed at 13- 18 year olds has been re-launched. Watch the ads or use them within PSHE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIX9oREk8Fw&feature=youtu.be

The website focuses on abuse within relationships and aims to help young people understand the different forms of relationship abuse and offers help and advice. The site is

The DfE has also produced a discussion guide for schools. This is to help with the use of campaign materials to facilitate discussion with teenagers on the issues surrounding abuse within their relationships. You can download this here.

It contains ideas for setting out lesson plans with information which will help young people to recognise what abusive behaviours are and encourage them to re-think their views of controlling behaviour, violence, abuse and what consent means within their relationships.

The guide has been produced so it can be used by a wide range of organisations who work directly with young people.

Liz Bates will be running her popular course on teenage partner violence in March. Click for details http://servicesforeducation.co.uk/index.php/component/com_advancedopenportal/Itemid,228/view,listevents/?option=com_advancedopenportal&view=showevent&id=1bcf5e76-c1de-91b6-ae8a-525aba670e06

Shocking levels of sexism and harassment uncovered
More worrying news this week about sexism, The Girl Guides released their 5th annual report into attitudes of girls and young women. The Girls Attitudes Survey is the largest of its kind – an in-depth study which explores girls’ views on a range of topics. It reveals that sexual harassment is endemic. Three quarters of 11-21s say sexism affects most areas of their lives, and many worry that gender discrimination will curtail their future choices.
Key findings
• More than a third of girls aged 7-21 (36 per cent) have been patronised or made to feel stupid because of their sex, rising sharply to 60 per cent of 16-21s.
• 87 per cent of girls aged 11-21 think women are judged more on their appearance than on their ability.
• 60 per cent of 11-21s have had comments about their appearance shouted at them at school, while 62 per cent have been shouted or whistled at in the street.
You can download the full report here https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/news/girls_attitudes_survey_2013.aspx

New resources to help young people use the web safely and critically
Google and YouTube now provide resources and lesson plans for secondary pupils on digital literacy and citizenship. A range of materials are available from here http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/teachers-and-professionals/advice/Digital-Literacy-and-Citizenship-Curricula-from-Google to help young people to know how to think critically and evaluate online sources, understand how to protect themselves from online threats from bullies to scammers, and to think before they share and be good digital citizens.
Google has partnered with child safety experts at iKeepSafe, and also worked with educators themselves to develop lessons that will work in the classroom, are appropriate for young people, and incorporate some of the best advice and tips that Google’s security team has to offer.

Free cooking training
Lets Get Cooking are offering free training to those schools signed up as members. For more info or to register visit their website http://www.letsgetcooking.org.uk/. Let’s Get Cooking is now the largest national network of healthy cooking clubs in the country. As well as school-based clubs, they provide training and support for other organisations running cooking activities for children, young people and adults. They work in various settings including primary, secondary and special schools, pupil referral units, children’s centres and charities.
If you are already a member click http://www.letsgetcooking.org.uk/CFT/Core/Authenticate.aspx?action=logon&ReturnUrl=%2fclubzone%2fnewsandevents%2fevents&guid=%7b9b2edb47-6842-4876-b57f-2dd24b420590%7d

Free food all round (well Key Stage 1 anyway)
You may have seen in the Chancellors autumn statement, a little more info on the proposal for all reception and key stage 1 pupils to have a free school meal (probably just before the bit about everyone having to work to about 103 before they get their state pension). This will come into operation from September 2014 so watch this space for quite how this will work. Also announced was £150 million to help schools build new kitchens and increase dining capacity where necessary.

Masters training
We held the first meeting of teachers working on the Masters programme with BCU this week. The group of 10 primary and secondary teachers are working with us on gaining a third of a Masters degree with two practice based assignments focusing on work they have undertaken following Health Ed CPD. A variety of emotional health, safeguarding and sex and relationships topics have been identified by the group each of whom can tailor their studies to their own specific interests and those of their schools. It’s the start of a 12 month process but everybody was excited by the challenge that lay ahead and keen to do something that would make a difference in their school.

For more info on any of the items featured here please contact Andrew on andrew.cooper@servicesforeducation.co.uk