Promoting fundamental British values – Briefings for schools

In November 2014 the DfE published advice on promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC. Services for Education would like to invite you to a briefing to familiarise yourself with, and explore this advice, and set it in the context of the curriculum and the wider activities that schools carry out to support SMSC.

SMSC has maintained its importance with regards to inspections, and we want to support schools to send a clear message about their commitment and approach to SMSC, and get full recognition for the work they do in promoting fundamental British Values through a broad and balanced curriculum. We will share local and national good practice regarding the contribution of RE, Citizenship and PSHE to SMSC, and look at an online tool designed to support you in recording and auditing where and how SMSC is delivered, so informing planning and demonstrating to the inspectorate your school’s approach to promoting fundamental British values.

The briefings are intended to support you in your understanding of fundamental British values and give you a chance to converse with other professionals to see how and what their schools are doing.

Audience: Head Teachers, Deputy Heads, subject coordinators

29th January 8.30-9.30am at Warwick House, B1 2RX
4th February 4.30 – 5.30pm at Midland Croft, B33 0AW

29th January 4.30 – 5.30pm at Warwick House, B1 2RX
6th February 8.30 – 9.30am at Midland Croft, B33 0AW

Schools subscribing to the Health Education Service free
Non-subscribing schools £80

To book a place please email


Autumn term e-bulletin – all the really important bits

Each term we will summarise the main updates and news from the various areas that Health Education Service covers in the weekly blog, website and twitter feed. This term we cover:

· Emotional health and wellbeing

· Safeguarding

· Management of medicines

· British values

· PSHE and SRE

· New school food standards

· Initial teacher training

· Training and resources

Emotional health and wellbeing
The link between pupil health and wellbeing and attainment
This new report from Public Health England provides a strong argument for why all schools should be giving close consideration to emotional health and wellbeing of their pupils.
Key points from the evidence
1. Pupils with better health and wellbeing are likely to achieve better academically.
2. Effective social and emotional competencies are associated with greater health and wellbeing, and better achievement.
3. The culture, ethos and environment of a school influences the health and wellbeing of pupils and their readiness to learn.
4. A positive association exists between academic attainment and physical activity levels of pupils.
Full report available here

Cyberbullying: Advice for headteachers and school staff
This is non-statutory advice from the Department for Education for headteachers and all school staff on how to protect themselves from cyberbullying and how to tackle it if it happens. All forms of bullying (including cyberbullying) should be handled as a community issue for the whole school. It is important that schools take measures to prevent and tackle bullying among pupils. But it is equally important that schools make it clear that bullying of staff, whether by pupils, parents or colleagues, is unacceptable. Evidence indicates that one in five (21%) teachers have reported having derogatory comments posted about them on social media sites from both parents and children.

On 10 October a change was made to the OfSTED ‘Inspecting Safeguarding’ briefing. In paragraph 41 the number of ‘minor errors’ that OfSTED will allow a school to correct in the Single Central Record, was reduced from 4 to 3. The previously allowed ‘failing to record the name/s person/s that carried out Single Central Record checks‘ is now a requirement when inspectors check the record and must be correct.

On 3 October the Safeguarding Children Board published a new model safeguarding policy. Some schools have been confused because previous versions were labelled ‘model child protection policy’. The new one does replace the CP policy but its scope is wider, including in particular issues concerning extremism, so its title has changed to ‘safeguarding’ policy

The sexual exploitation of children: it couldn’t happen here, could it?
This thematic inspection was commissioned to evaluate the effectiveness of local authorities’ current response to child sexual exploitation. The report draws on evidence from inspection and case examination in eight local authorities and from the views of children and young people, parents, carers, practitioners and managers. In addition, themes from the aligned inspections of 36 children’s homes and the collation of findings from the 33 published inspections of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers and reviews of Local Safeguarding Children Boards contributed to the findings.

Crown prosecution service offers clear guidance for prosecutors on ‘revenge pornography’
The CPS has updated its legal guidance regarding the prosecution of communications sent via social media with a clear section that explains how current legislation can be used to prosecute offences involving the malicious use of intimate media, sometimes referred to as ‘revenge pornography’.

This clarification does not signify a new approach but clearly sets out for prosecutors which laws can be used to bring these cases to court. In all cases the CPS will apply the most appropriate law which best addresses the alleged offending. It is a matter for Parliament to decide if further laws are needed or if changes need to be made to the current legislation.

Management of medicines
On 1 September 2014 a new duty came into force for governing bodies to make arrangements to support pupils at school with medical conditions. The statutory guidance in available below is intended to help governing bodies meet their legal responsibilities and sets out the arrangements they will be expected to make, based on good practice. This document contains both statutory guidance and non-statutory advice.

The statutory guidance applies to any “appropriate authority” as defined in section 100 of the Children and Families Act 2014. That means governing bodies in the case of maintained schools, proprietors in the case of academies and management committees in the case of pupil referral units (PRUs).–3

From 1 October 2014 UK schools have been allowed to purchase a salbutamol inhaler without a prescription for use in emergencies when a child with asthma cannot access their own inhaler.

This guidance will give schools that choose to keep an emergency inhaler the basis to create a policy or protocol for using it.

British values
Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools – DfE advice for maintained schools
This is non-statutory advice published on November 28th from the Department for Education. Maintained schools have obligations under section 78 of the Education Act (2002) which requires schools, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society. This guidance relates specifically to the requirements to actively promote fundamental British values in schools and explains how this can be met through the general requirement in the 2002 Act.

Maintained schools

Independent schools, academies and free schools

Sex and relationship education
Joint statement about teaching SRE from Association for Science Education and PSHE Association
The PSHE Association and the Association for Science Education have produced a joint briefing on schools’ statutory duties to ensure that children learn about puberty in Key Stage 2. The briefing outlines the importance of teaching about puberty in order to adequately safeguard pupils, and clarifies that this teaching also forms an integral part of the National Curriculum for Science

Initial teacher training – School Direct and Early Years ITT
Initial teacher training recruitment has begun for primary School Direct places and for the new Early Years ITT programme. All applicants for School Direct should apply through the UCAS link here Potential applicants for the EYITT should contact

For September 2015, Services for Education is continuing to work in partnership with Calthorpe Academy acting as their Accredited Provider. The partnership now includes a broad range of schools who have salaried or fee funded places available.

2015/16 Partner Schools
· Bleakhouse (Sandwell)

· Boldmere Junior

· Greenholm Academy

· Hall Green Infants

· Hollywood

· Lakey Lane

· Marsh Hill

· Ryders Green (Sandwell)

· St Matthews

· Timberley

For further information on the Services for Education/Calthorpe ITT programmes please visit

The revised school food standards
New school food standards were announced on 17 June 2014. From January 2015, all local authority maintained schools, academies and free schools set up before 2010 and created from June 2014 onwards must meet these new standards for school food. More info and resources here

Resources and training
Something has happened!
We are delighted to publish our new primary resource supporting the teaching of safety. ‘Something has happened’ is a new pupil book that adopts the Protective Behaviours approach of empowering children to recognise and understand how they feel when placed in an unsafe situation and then to develop strategies to respond appropriately. Individual copies are priced at £5, with discounts for bulk orders. Please see here for details.

Training Calendar Spring 2015

Click here for our new spring term calendar of training

Health Education Service Spring Term Training Calendar

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