This page consists of resources to help education professionals and children and young people with their mental health.
YGAM provide free of charge, City and Guilds Assured online workshops and resources to enable teachers and support staff to have purposeful conversations with students and support them in understanding the consequence of their actions and the potential risks. Our training and materials are age appropriate and we have over 450 resources which are all aligned to the PSHE and RSE curriculum from KS2 to KS5. For each year group there is a full scheme of work and six ‘ready to go’ lesson plans, accompanied by PowerPoints, infographics and challenge activities. The resources allow for one off session or a long term learning programme.
The latest report from the Gambling Commission (October 2019) found that 11% of 11 – 16-year olds had spent their own money on a gambling activity in the last seven days (this equate to 350,000), and 55,000 young people were already identified as problematic gamblers. The Children’s Commissioner found that a staggering 93% of young people play video games, a hugely popular activity which carries a range of potential risks including grooming.
On completion of the training, all delegates will be issued with a digital certificate directly from City and Guilds to evidence CPD. Topics covered in the training include:
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Secondary schools in central and southern England are invited to participate in a study of ‘Positive Choices’, a free RSHE package. This aims to promote healthy relationships, good sexual health and prevent sexual harassment. It enables schools to fulfil statutory requirements regarding RSHE, social and emotional wellbeing, personal development and safeguarding. Schools will be randomly allocated in early 2022 to receive the package or get £500 to act as a comparison school. Implementation would begin in September 2022.
Positive Choices includes materials focused on years 9 and 10 plus training from a specialist provider. Comparison schools are free to develop their RSHE provision as they see fit but can only access Positive Choices materials once the trial ends. The research is led by an experienced team from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Professor Chris Bonell, the lead investigator, is very happy to be contacted to answer any queries or provide more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anna Freud Centre Education Panel - June 2021
Mentally Healthy Schools is part of the Schools Division at the Centre. The Schools Division is now looking to create a panel of education staff to:
The panel will be made up of staff members with responsibility for mental health in their setting, with participants sought from across the UK. Membership will run from Sept 2021 to August 2022, with three online meetings each academic year.
Since lockdown, children may find it difficult to return to the formality of sitting at desks and concentrating for longer periods of time. Intersperse your lessons with brain breaks, which are short bursts of activity to keep their brain and body active.Download
Mindful crafts, breathing exercises and other self-care ideas, informative videos, emotional expression worksheets and helpful strategies to address anxiety during the pandemic.Download
Some children may find the transition back to school difficult after lockdown. It may be useful in the first few weeks of school to reflect on the lockdown period. This resource helps children think about what they have experienced and cope with the changes that have occurred.Download
Pupils can fill out this worksheet to explore the things they may be worried about when going back to school, and ways to calm those worries.Download
Advice for senior leaders in schools, to help them support the wellbeing of their staff during the coronavirus pandemic and the return to school.Download
Following lockdown, some children may have increased anxiety about returning to school, particularly separation anxiety at leaving their parents and carers. This document has been produced to guide teachers in supporting pupils exhibiting anxiety.Download
Some children may have experienced bereavement in the time they have been away from school, and there has been a sense of loss for many. This webpage includes lots of useful advice for schools on how to support children during this time.Find out more
A selection of assembly ideas and class-based activities to support your school community as it comes back together.Download