Diversity resource launch, emergency contraception and new course programme

Launch of new Stonewall resource for primary schools
We will be holding a launch event for the new resource from Stonewall. FREE is a ground-breaking film for primary school pupils, that conveys a powerful message about difference, diversity and respect. The film follows the stories of four children as they explore family, friendship and what it means to be yourself. FREE challenges homophobic bullying and language and shows the importance of celebrating difference. The event will be on May 7th at Warwick House, Edward Street, B1 2RX, 4.15-5.15pm.

We will be sending further information out shortly, but if you would like to attend please send an email with your school name and your own name, with the email subject ‘FREE launch’, to liz.bates@servicesforeducation.co.uk

Forward planning
We will be publishing our dates for the new academic year straight after Easter including all the DSP training sessions and the Safer Recruitment. We have some new courses coming up for next year including ‘Preparation for Anti-bullying Week’ , ‘Outstanding Citizenship’, and ‘Pornography – the necessary discussion’.
We will be sending hard copies of the dates out to schools and also releasing them through this blog and twitter. Keep an eye out and book your places quick!

PSHE Update Briefing
Following the success of the briefings for primary and secondary schools earlier this term, we have added another one just before Easter. The aim is to bring schools up to date with what’s happening and how to best prepare for the new mandatory requirement on all schools to publish their PSHE curriculum online. The session is on April 9th 4.15-5.15pm at our training centre (B33 0AW). There is no charge for schools that subscribe, and for those that don’t, the fee is £50.
If you want to book a place on this final session then email andrew.cooper@servicesforeducation.co.uk to reserve your places.

Availability of emergency contraception
You may have seen this week that NICE have published guidance making a number of recommendations relating to the provision of contraception to the under 25s. The headlines focused on the availability of emergency contraception, and the guidance recommends under-25s −including those under the age of consent − should be able to access emergency contraception more readily, including pills and the IUD (intrauterine device, or coil).

The report also suggests emergency contraception, free condoms, including female condoms, should also be “readily accessible” for young men and women at places such as “schools, colleges and youth clubs”.The new guidance is aimed at cutting the high numbers of unwanted teenage pregnancies across England.

This report is not stating that this is a compulsory change and indeed, there have been many arguments over the years about the appropriateness of a role for schools in providing such services. Clearly any decision to adopt the NICE guidance recommendations should only be undertaken after careful consideration and widespread consultation with staff, parents and health professionals.

For more details visit http://www.nursingtimes.net/widen-teenage-access-to-the-pill-urges-nice-guidance/5069352.article?blocktitle=News&contentID=4385

Click here for the NICE document Contraceptive Services with a focus on the under 25s


Our sparkly spring newsletter to download

Click here
Newsletter spring 2014 e version
for a copy of our new spring newsletter with info including the Health for Life and Be Healthy awards day, the Ofsted report on citizenship, and the recent reports of consent and sexual violence.

Also if you want to book on the new additional date for the primary PSHE update briefing on April 9th at 4.15pm at our training centre (B33 0AW) email andrew.cooper@servicesforeducation.co.uk to reserve a place.

Spring is in the air

The sun has been shining, the daffs are blooming and it’s almost time to dust down the lawn mower. If that wasn’t enough, it has been another busy week in the worlds of children and young peoples’ physical and emotional health.

I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike
Cycle training in Birmingham is set to receive a fresh boost after the city council successfully bid for extra funding from the Department for Transport. Bikeability funding for the city is set to total £180,000 for 2014/15 – a 50 per cent increase on the initial sum given for the current financial year. The scheme is highly popular with schools and since launching in 2005, a total of 8,000 schoolchildren in Birmingham have been Bikeability trained. The provision of Bikeability training, a modern-day take on Cycling Proficiency, is also one of the key elements of the council’s Birmingham Cycle Revolution plans. More info here https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/bikeability

Food Glorious Food
The DfE have launched advice on the new Key Stage 1 free school meals plan. The advice is for School leaders and governing bodies in all maintained schools, academies, free schools, pupil referral units and alternative provision with children in reception, year 1 and year 2
The key points are:
• In the 2014 to 2015 academic year schools will be paid funding at a flat rate of
£2.30 for each meal taken by newly eligible pupils. Initial provisional allocations
will be based on an estimate of national take-up and then adjusted once the
department has details of the actual number of meals taken in individual schools
• Additional one-off funding will be provided in the 2014 to 2015 financial year to
small schools (those with up to 150 pupils in total) to help with transitional costs
• The government is providing £150 million of capital funding in the 2014 to 2015
financial year to support the rollout of UIFSM
• Targeted advice and support will be provided to schools and local authorities
through the UIFSM implementation support service
The full document is available here https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/287804/UIFSM_DEPARTMENTAL_ADVICE.pdf

Is everybody doing it?
Did you know 13% of 11 – 15 year olds drink weekly – meaning 87% don’t (99% of 11 year olds don’t). This is one interesting fact sheet from the Alcohol Education Trust on young peoples’ drinking habits. Useful for your own background knowledge but why not turn it into a true and false quiz for your PSHE lessons? http://www.alcoholeducationtrust.org/Pages/factfig.html

Free to be whatever……..
FREE is a ground-breaking film for primary school pupils, from Rikki Beadle-Blair, that conveys a powerful message about difference, diversity and respect. The film follows the stories of four children as they explore family, friendship and what it means to be yourself. FREE challenges homophobic bullying and language and shows the importance of celebrating difference. For full information and to order your copy visit http://www.stonewall.org.uk/at_school/education_for_all/quick_links/8634.asp

And finally
Not strictly in our area of work, but we love anything that saves a bit of time searching for that pesky policy or government document. So this one-stop collection point is a great idea https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/departmental-advice-schools

PSHE Update briefing

Thanks to everyone that came along to the PSHE Update briefings over the last few weeks. As promised here are the documents we talked about.

Ofsted grade descriptors for PSHE
Supplementary subject-specific guidance for PSHE education

Ofsted Subsidiary Guidance for Inspectors (pages 20-22, 34, 37)
Subsidiary guidance

DfE Statement on PSHE

PSHE Association Programme of Study

New supplementary advice for schools on SRE
SRE for the 21st Century

Ofsted report on PSHE and SRE
Not yet good enough personal_ social_ health and economic education in schools