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10th July 2019

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 All you need to know about our first PSHE Conference at the Alliance for Learning Teaching School (based at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls)

By Lisa Fathers & Emily Mitchell

 

We recently hosted our first PSHE conference, attracting a really engaging line-up of speakers and it was fantastic too see the interest this generated with over 50 PSHE Leads present.

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With the new government inclusion of RSE, Personal Development and Health and Wellbeing on the curriculum, PSHE has never been so important and lots of work is already being done by subject associations.  However, due to the freedom given to schools in creating what exactly goes into their curriculum, we have an excellent opportunity to help guide students in their learning about relationships and sex education.  A strong network of PSHE leads has been created over the last few years and with the government’s new focus on these subject areas, networking and sharing of best practice has never been so important.

We were very fortunate to hear from Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, who talked about the pressures our young people are under.   He also explored the work he was doing with the Greater Manchester Youth Council to ensure students had a ‘Curriculum for Life’ http://www.manchesteryouthcouncil.co.uk/campaigns/curriculum-life that sets them up for the type of future they are likely to face.   Many of these futures will be online focused, with the education they receive and the services they have access to, needing to reflect this.  Adding to this presentation, Bridge GM explained how their organisation is linking students up with meaningful work placements to help them understand the vast range of careers on offer across Greater Manchester.  They also highlighted how they are encouraging young people to be work ready as part of their personal development.

Representatives from the Amy Winehouse Foundation delivered an incredibly powerful session exploring drugs and alcohol education. They offered advice on how the Foundation can support young people and teachers with resources and gave tips focussing on how to start a conversation and the importance of listening.

Dr Peggy Mulongo from campaign group, Nestac, explained the vital work they are doing around Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), exposing some of the myths associated with this subject.  She also talked about how sessions delivered via schools and youth groups are not only aimed at girls, but how they can be equally valuable for boys.

We also heard from Cosmopolitan UK on meaningful sex education and The Youth Sport Trust regarding the campaign work they are doing and how they are working with Alliance for Learning Teaching School, to promote the wellbeing of children through engagement in sport and physical exercise.   This session also sparked some interesting discussions around how period poverty and a lack of access to sanitary products can affect levels of physical activity in girls.

It was a thought-provoking, action-packed day that really highlighted the valuable resources that are already out there, in addition to how these can be used as an excellent starting point for developing RSE, personal development, health and wellbeing lessons.  If you’d like to find out more about any of the topics that were discussed at our conference, please contact: rharrison@aggs.bfet.uk

 

For more information about the organisations involved and additional resources see:

The Amy Winehouse Foundation – https://amywinehousefoundation.org/

Bridge GM – https://bridgegm.co.uk/

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Mayor, Andy Burnham) – https://www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/

Nestac – http://www.nestac.org.uk/

Youth Sport Trust – https://www.youthsporttrust.org/

Sex Education Forum – https://www.sexeducationforum.org.uk/

PSHE Association – https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/