Remember the SRE Core Curriculum for London?

We recently received a request from someone wanting to track down the SRE Core Curriculum for London.  Those people who were around at the time will remember that CWP were commissioned to gather good practice from the London boroughs and write a scheme of work that we could share across the capital.  When the Young London Matters site was archived to the British Library, the Core Curriculum went with it.  However, all is not lost and the site can be found here.

Campaign for statutory PSHE & SRE

On Tuesday 11 June, MPs will vote on the opposition plans for an amendment to the Children and Families Bill which would make PSHE statutory. We are supporting this campaign because we agree with most parents, teachers and young people that all children deserve high quality sex and relationships education (SRE). That means that SRE needs to be made part of the statutory national curriculum. We urge you to contact your MP; visit the PSHE Association website for up-to-date details on how you can support the amendment.

Coventry Healthy Schools

CWP ran Drug & Alcohol Training for secondary teachers in Coventry this week, hosted by the local Healthy Schools Team who supported schools by providing a CWP tailor made training day and giving each participant a copy of our new Teaching Drug & Alcohol Education resource.

We are delighted to receive this feedback:

“Inspirational ideas for delivery”

“Actually exceeded my expectations! Really good to have the opportunity to bounce idea off others and gain ideas too”.

Why is SRE important in Primary Schools?

Sex and Relationships Education in primary school has, at times, been a contentious issue. The media are quick to pounce on the word ‘sex’ and assume that this is what is taught in every lesson. A good SRE curriculum is age-appropriate and builds up a child’s knowledge gradually, as with any other subject at school. In Key Stage 1 a child will learn about gender stereotypes as well as the correct scientific vocabulary to name parts of the body. These lessons start to build up a child’s confidence so that by Key Stage 2 they are able to talk more comfortably about what happens to the body and emotions during puberty. Everyone knows that puberty can be a difficult and confusing time.  For many, girls in particular, some of the changes begin to happen whilst at primary school.  In our experience the lessons at school provide reassurance for the children and fulfil the natural curiosity they have at this stage of their lives.  In some cases these lessons may give information that parents/carers have already talked about with their children at home, but we cannot assume that this is always the case.  In many instances SRE in primary school deals with the awkward questions and issues that many parents/carers may not feel comfortable or confident talking about with their children.

Becky Casey, Trainer

CWP releases new resource

Teaching Drug and Alcohol Education with Confidence in Secondary Schools is the fourth resource in our Teaching with Confidence series. We use the same popular format which provides teachers with armfuls of resources to teach our easy-to-follow lesson plans and schemes of work for Years 7 – 11. Basically everything a busy secondary school needs to address the issues raised by drugs, tobacco and alcohol use.

Cornwall supports new Drug Pack

Thank you so much Cornwall Healthy Schools and Kate Pordage who has nudged, urged, praised and found funding to support us in producing our new resource: Teaching Drug and Alcohol Education with Confidence in Secondary Schools.  Teachers in Cornwall have given it the thumbs up already – click on our curriculum overview to see what you think.  Copies can be ordered on our resources page.

Ten Minute Rule Bill 17th October

The Christopher Winter Project wish MP Diana Johnson every success in the House of Commons today when she introduces The Curriculum Bill which requires the Secretary of State for Education to include Relationships, Drug and Alcohol Education in the National Curriculum, making it compulsory in all schools, including academies and free schools.

Like CWP, Diana Johnson wants drugs and alcohol education to give practical information such as the growing dangers from ‘legal highs’, the alcoholic content of different drinks and the health implications of drinking from an early age.   Young people need to be supported to make choices about drug and alcohol use and about relationships, including sexual relationships.  A structured, taught curriculum can help to kick start discussion in the classroom in a safe and supportive way.

Drug Pilot Started

The CWP pilot has started for Teaching Drug and Alcohol Education with Confidence in Secondary Schools.  Teachers in Cornwall and Enfield are trialling the new resource with their pupils and providing feedback via a survey sited on the cwpresources website.