Back into the depths of the new term and some exciting movements in the world of SRE this week with the promise of new guidance from three of the biggest players in the world of PSHE. Also good to see PSHE figuring in the DfE’s new mandatory timeline. Finally some disturbing findings from one of the largest surveys of the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) 16-25 year olds in England.
New SRE guidance
Following the reluctance of the government to update the existing guidance to schools on sex and relationships education, approval has now been given to three major organisations (Sex Education Forum, PSHE Association and Brook) to jointly produce advice aimed at helping schools to bring their SRE into the 21st century. The announcement follows months of campaigning for updated guidance which has been supported by Ofsted, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and four of the teaching unions. The new document will explain how schools can address contempory sex and relationships issues that have emerged because of concerns about sexual exploitation and technological change and will set the standard for teaching that is inclusive of all pupils.
The guidance will be emailed to schools, but the timescale for delivery has yet to be published.
For support in reviewing your PSHE and SRE policies and curriculum contact Kathy.firstname.lastname@example.org (for primary) and email@example.com (for secondary).
Mandatory reporting on PSHE
The DfE have published the new mandatory timeline for the spring and summer terms. This timeline sets out important mandatory information to help headteachers, principals and governors plan ahead, prepare for and implement mandatory legal requirements during this academic year and beyond. All schools must publish their school curriculum by subject and academic year, including their provision of personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE). To help schools in doing this, the HES is able to provide support in reviewing and updating policy and curriculum for sex and relationships education, drug education and PSHE. Academies and free schools are also required to publish information similar to that required by the regulations relating to their curriculum through their funding agreements. Full timeline available here http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/toolsandinitiatives/cuttingburdens/b00216133/need-to-know-schools/mandatory
Youth Chances: Summary of first findings – the experiences of LGBTQ young people
This report outlines research about the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) 16-25 year olds in England – as reported by young people themselves. To date the project has surveyed over 7,000 young people aged 16-25, making it the biggest, most representative and robust survey of its kind.
The report raises some disturbing findings including:
• All respondents perceive that discrimination against LGBTQ people in general is still common and this is confirmed by the higher levels of discrimination, and disadvantage that young people experience.
• Most young LGBTQ people feel that their time at school is affected by hostility or fear, with consequences such as feeling left out, lower grades and having to move schools. Most report that their school supported its pupils badly in respect of sexuality or gender identity.
• Schools also neglect areas that are known to be public health concerns. Sex and relationships education is not inclusive of LGB relationships and does not provide young people with the emotional and sexual health information they need. This is a particular concern for young gay and bisexual men who are at higher risk of STIs and HIV.
• LGBTQ young people report significantly higher levels of mental health problems including depression and anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. High rates of poor mental health were found in the whole sample, presenting a concerning picture in the youth population at large.
The full report is available here YC_REPORT_FirstFindings_2014
For support on dealing with all bullying including homophobic, and wider emotional health issues, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Initial teacher training with Services for Education
We are currently accepting applications to join our primary initial teacher training programme delivered in partnership with Calthorpe Teaching School. We have a range of partner schools offering training year placements through the new School Direct Fee Paying option. The programme allows trainees to become fully involved in school life and to gain a clear understanding and appreciation of what it really means to be a teacher and how schools work, placing them in an excellent position when looking for their first teaching job. Trainees be based in their training school and will take part in a 40 day training programme over the year to develop skills and knowledge, and a second school and a special school placement to give them the breadth of understanding and experience necessary to become an outstanding trainee.
We currently have places at the following schools
• Greenholm Academy
• Kingsland Primary School
• Jakeman Nursery
• Jessons Primary School (Dudley)
• Boldmere Junior School
• Christ Church C.E. Primary School
Our programme leads to QTS and fees for the 2014/15 academic year will be £7500. Applicants will be able to apply for a student loan of £6000. Maintenance grants and loans may also be available. All trainees with degree level 2:1 or above are eligible for a training bursary of between £4000 and £9000. If you train in a school with more than 35% free school meals then your bursary is increased by 25%. For further information contact Andrew.email@example.com, or to apply for a place please visit http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/teacher-training
Last call for Intro to Counselling 2 day training
This great course designed to help school staff develop their skills and confidence in talking to children and young people is running on Jan 21st & 22nd. See our Courses section of this website for details and booking.