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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Click here for the NICE document Contraceptive Services with a focus on the under 25s